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  • Audio CD (28 May 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005IABM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,170 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Electronic Performers
2. How Does It Make You Feel
3. Radio Number 1
4. The Vagabond
5. Radian
6. Lucky And Unhappy
7. Sex Born Poison
8. People In The City
9. Wonder Milky Bitch
10. Don't Be Light
11. Caramel Prisoner

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AIR 10 000 Hz Legend (2001 European 11-track CD album from French chill out duo featuring the single Radio #1 and following on from their Moon Safari debut & The Virgin Suicides soundtrack albums picture sleeve CDV2945)

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French duo, Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicholas Godin's 1998 debut was a glorious anachronism. An analogue bubblebath of synths, saxophones, xylophones, fuzzy guitars and all manner of louche melodies it managed to be both original and utterly retro. 10,000 Hz Legend is the exact meeting point between wearying experimentation and heart-warming melancholia. There's nothing as charming as "Sexy Boy" or as generous as "You Make It Easy" but if you skip the first two tracks, which have more than a touch of Pink Floyd about them, there are a few twisted gems here. Amid the sprawling mass of shrill melody and Kraftwerkian computer voices that is "Lucky and Unhappy", the compressed trash-pop of Radio #1 (a brash cuss down of that infamous institution) and shimmering folk-funk of "The Vagabond" sung by Beck, verge on classic. As for "Sex Born Poison" sung by Japanese indie duo Buffalo Daughter, there's something about this particularly bewitching blend of cool female vocals and a Bernard Psycho Herrmann soundtrack that is out of time, beautiful and in your face. Though 10,000 Hz Legend as a whole is inconsistent and a little bit "aren't we weird?", Air have certainly crafted an inventive album worth hearing. --Reuben Dessay

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Spencer on 30 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
A rather grand departure from Moon Safari, gone are the kitsch ditties and gently melodies that Air are renowned for. Instead we are faced with an entirely different creature; dark and atmospheric masterpieces are the flavour du jour at Air HQ! Personally, there is nothing more amazing than to discover a group experimenting with sounds, technology and expanding upon their own musical limitations/repetoire; in this respect Air cannot be faulted. 10,000 Hz Legend is a demanding and complex album, full of layers and unusual charm, and cannot be fully appreciated after just one listening. You will have to persevere, but ultimately you will be rewarded. The single "Radio #1" is as "pop" as it gets, almost tongue-in-cheek material. "The Vagabond" featuring Beck is one of the album's many highlights, as is "Happy and Unlucky". "Radian" an instrumental piece - is something one would not expect of Air - has what can only be described as an immense sonic feeling to it and is truly an amazing song because of this. In short, the album is a "must" if you enjoy listening to an album for the first few times and thrive on feeling the "fear" of incomprehension... it will all make sense eventually, part of the Air masterplan no doubt. In a word, IMPRESSIVE!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
By the end of the year it'll be winning awards but it takes time to get into Air's latest offering. Smacks of Pink Floyd, The Stranglers and Serge Gainsbourg with those cheeky "air-like" elements from before make this is a sleeping classic, I can understand why the number of reviews has been limited as it's impossible to categorise. There are a number of stunning moments on this album, but because each track is so unique it takes a while before you get your head around the subtleties. Radian is a classic, and in many ways vintage AIR, Sex Born Poison is incredibly original as is Wonder Milky Bitch, who's hook gets under the skin on the third listen. The first track is simply brilliant, and having seen them open with it at a recent gig in London makes you realise just how talented these gallic chaps are. If you liked Moon Safari you'll love this album - eventually!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
To say this album is worse than Moon Safari does depend on whether you actually found Moon Safari to be any good in the first place. Yes, it was, but it was background music that required nothing from the listener. 10 000hz Legend may well be slightly harder to get into but it is music to actually listen to rather than to have as an accompaniment to holiday programmes and adverts.
Electronic Performers features stunning string arrangements and a fantastic thick sludgy texture, Sex Born Poison is probably the best song of all time with amazing robotic drums and beautiful vocals, and the rest all very good especially Radio #1, The Vagabond and Don't be Light.
There is no bad point to this album. Saying it's 'too Pink Floyd' is a bizarre comment as a) pink floyd are good, and b) however much they deny it, Air do sound pretty prog, and what is wrong with that?
Fusion of genres can only be a good thing, especially when it's as successful as this album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
'Moon Safari' was a stunning first album - and the worry always is 'can they match that?' - although the soundtrack appeared in between this album has been worth the wait.
developing the sound, with the addition of more instrumentation and backing vocals, show the maturity and inventiveness of the duo - not just content to sit and reproduce a winning formula.
Starting from track #1 - 'electronic performers' the sound develops and enthralls - 'the vagabond', featuring Beck, is another stunner and the ethereal sounds of 'radian' just has you scanning the play-list to see what more surprises are in store and my do the surprises continue - reaching a peak withthe final track featuring instrumentation which would do many 'prog-rock' bands proud.
Even if you are not familiar with 'moon safari' buy this was a truly inspiring gallic experience
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Just got this for Christmas. Wasn't too sure what to expect because although I liked Moon Safari I found it all a bit too straightforward - pretty songs with some strange noises now and again. This, on the other hand, is completely different. It still has familiar Air trademarks but somehow they now sit as a cornerstone for something really original and special. These guys are excellent musicians and great song writers. It did take a while for me to appreciate this (a good ten listens or so) but now I am at that wonderful point between knowing the songs well enough to remember them and yet still discovering more each time I listen to them. And there is so much to discover...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "doglatin" on 15 Nov. 2002
Format: Audio CD
The French are famous for many things. Fine wines, fancy cheeses, clothes designers and famous philosophers have done the nation proud. There are however, several blots on the Gallic landscape which Jean-Pierre would rather we didn’t mention. Yes, we all know these by heart: garlic-breath, dirty tabs, berets, frog’s legs, and bloody awful music have made sure that France will never be seen as a génial place to be - that is not until five years ago.
In the mid-nineties something important happened to our favourite escargot munching chums that may well mitigate all the Joe le Taxis that had inexplicably been imposed on our sensitive British ears. No one knows quite why or how, but suddenly a whole new range of musical artists, among them Daft Punk, Stardust, Cassius, Mr. Oizo and Air started creeping onto the charts and dancefloors of our dear old blighty. Air’s first album, Moon Safari, went so far as to have the words “French Band” emblazoned onto the cover whilst still managing to maintain a high cool factor and also scoring very well in the national charts with tracks like Sexy Boy and Kelly Watch the Stars.
2001 and Air return with their second album proper, 10,000hz the Legend. Those who enjoyed Moon Safari are in for a possibly pleasant surprise. Whilst previous outings were largely lounge-based affairs with a cheese topping, 10,000hz is an all more weirded-out album, preferring to take its cues from the Moody Blues and Devo rather than George Clinton or Burt Bacharach. And what’s this? A dance album with lyrics on the inlay? Surely shome mishtake officer!
If this really is the fearfully awaited rebirth of Prog-Rock, then it’s surely not as bad as a lot of people may have had you believe.
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