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Moon Safari [CD]

Air Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (19 Jan 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0000262YS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,517 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. La Femme D'argentAir 7:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sexy BoyAir 4:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. All I NeedAir - Beth Hirsch 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Kelly Watch The StarsAir 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. TalismanAir 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. RememberAir 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. You Make It EasyAir - Beth Hirsch 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ce Matin-LàAir 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
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BBC Review

There are a few albums in this world whose currency has become so devalued by repeated plays that they almost cease to exist. This reviewer hasn't really HEARD Dark Side Of The Moon, Sgt Pepper or OK Computer for years. Familiarity doesn't breed contempt, just nonchalance. And so it is with Air's Moon Safari. Not only was it used as the background music for every lifestyle programme ever made in 1998 (and 1999, 2000 etc. etc.) but it sold in squillions, meaning that there's barely a music fan over 25 who doesn't own it or know every note. Of course, there's a reason for its ubiquity. It's great, and now in a sparkling, expanded version, ten years on maybe we can listen properly again.

What Air achieved may seem simple now, but at the time was deceptively clever. In true Gallic fashion they melded cheese with cool, making the two indistinguishable. The bubbling synths, lush strings and funky loungecore Fender Rhodes; all were signifiers for the contemporary trend for reclaiming the easy listening schlock of the early '70s. But somehow Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel created the perfect blend for post-clubbing languor.

It's not just one great fondue though. Before Sean Rowley invented the odious Guilty Pleasures franchise these French kids were incorporating the the best of the Beach Boys and ELO: Often on one track (Remember). Vocoders (Kelly watch The Stars), doomy synth pads (Sexy Boy) and rippling acoustic guitars were all used, ironically or not. And when guest vocalist, Beth Hirsch sang on All I Need, the tunes could almost break your stimulant-weary heart.

Eventually one senses that Moon Safari became the band's albatross. In later years even the writers felt the need to turn what would become to be known as a classic 'chillout' album into pummellingly loud concert numbers, just to get something new out of them. But at its heart MS is a wonderfully pretty album, and as a precursor to the likes of Lemonjelly and their ilk it remains a landmark. It's up to you, the horizontal listener, as to whether you can still really hear it. Let's hope so! --Chris Jones

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AIR Moon Safari (1998 UK 10-track CD album including Sexy Boy & Kelly Watch The Stars sealed picture sleeve)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it! 10 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album speculatively because it had been recommended to me by the automated Amazon system. On reading the other reviews it sounded like a great album and, when it arrived, I was not disappointed.
La Femme d'Argent& relaxes you into your seat/bed/cell in 7 minutes of musical perfection which, although it can play unobtrusively in the background, demands that every chord and note is listened to, and absorbed. Tracks like this, and the beautiful Ce Matin La are contrasted by the poppy, high-bass Sexy Boy.
The album is consistent in the relaxed, but by no means easy-listening nature of the tracks, but also wonderfully diverse in its styles. The introduction of a female voice on All I Need and You Make it Easytakes the emphasis off the instrumentalists, and allows them to play with a beautiful set of vocal harmonies.
If you want dinner party music, do not buy this album - it's just too good to be played in the background.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing else matters 28 Mar 2002
By Jetson
Format:Audio CD
What can I say? If I sound over the top, it's because this is how the album makes me feel. I bought Moon Safari and Premiers Symptomes (also by Air) from Amazon based purely on other reviews. What I found out when I put the CD's into my player is that Air are one of those bands who can change your mood, your day, your ideas of music in the space of one album. I say one album, but I recommend you listen to Premiers Symptomes then Moon safari back to back. By doing this you get to see how Air's ideas changed, and you will also notice how they remain consistently brilliant. I like EVERY track on Moon Safari as much as the last, but my favourite track is Ce Matin La. Listen to it on headphones. It paints a visual picture in your mind using sound. Moon Safari is simply an album that, when you hear it you think, well, nothing else matters. That wasn't too over the top was it?
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious music 18 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The rain starts to fall, a soothing bass riff floats in, an organ theme emerges, and La Voyage de Penelope begins. What an opener, and what a perfect way to relax into this hot bubble bath of an album!
Sexy Boy is still their most famous song and although a top tune, is not particularly indicative of their more laid-back style. Songs such as this may sound repetitive at first, but after a few listens, they become hypnotic, with delicate and intricate changes on each verse and chorus.
Beth Hirsh's breathy, Jane Birkin-like vocals add sex to the combination, and songs like Kelly Watch the Stars make ostensibly robotic, synthesised music sound as soulful and rootsy as any blues band.
Elsewhere there's the trumpet motif of Ce Matin-La and the pre-Cher Vocoder antics of Remember, the sadness of New Star in the Sky and the bleakness of Talisman.
Every song is beautifully crafted and performed, spanning the supposed gulf between primal dance music and pan-generational songsmithery.
Definitely the first 21st Century pop album.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Masters of Chillout 31 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Before I heard this album I had been listening to Zero 7's Simple Things. I wrote in a review for that album, "... and the Air comparison, who are Air." How wrong can one person be. This album is the original chillout album bar none. Every single track is pure excellence.
Ok, maybe Sexy boy does get a bit repetative but you will never find yourself skipping any of these tracks.
My personal favourite is All I Need, which is one of my favourite songs ever. But they all come close with Kelly Watch the Stars, You Make It Easy, Le Voyage de Penelope and Talisman all coming close to the quality of All I Need.
Try our Simple Things by Zero 7 but don't get that instead. Get this and you won't be sorry.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music in zero gravity 21 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
Genuinely classic albums of the last twenty years are, in my opinion, hideously rare. 'Moon Safari' qualifies partly by having that important quality of unique feel, a world of its own. Godin and Dunckel don't hit you head on, they touch you gently in all the sensitive areas and surprise you from different directions. Inspired keyboard and bass runs and delightful rhythms pour out to create a bewitching, layered sound. Anyone who opens a pop album with a seven-minute instrumental is asking for trouble, but on La Femme D'Argent the bassline acts like a vocal. This sensual piece sounds out of time, about twenty years late, but it's gorgeous. The same can be said of the obvious hit, 'Sexy Boy', which sounds in places as if it comes from the same cloth as other late 1970s electronic pop hits such as 'Magic Fly'.

Following two such diverse tracks with something as breathtaking is difficult but they manage it with the giddy 'All I Need'. Using Beth Hirsch, whoever she is, for the vocal on this and 'You Make It Easy' is an inspired move. These are probably the best tracks but the album as a whole is a delight, even if they do borrow rather blatantly from The Beach Boys on 'Remember'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 28 May 2012
By jacks
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Its great listening to Moon Safari on Vynal, I love this album and play it daily!
I keep the cd in my car : )
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moon Safari: A breath of fresh air 16 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Air is a duo of French musicians, Nicolas Godin and Jean Benoit Dunckel. They started playing alternative rock in the 1980s in Paris, but reached maturity composing music that harks back to the heyday of Europop and Eurodisco, albeit transfigured by retro-futuristic arrangements. Moon Safari (1998), featuring vocalist Beth Hirsch, is a vastly more professional and ambitious proposition than their rather comidic and insubstantial early single releases.

The retro-sound of analog and moog keyboards is the prominent feature of the groups 'persona'. Korg keyboards, Moog synthesizers, Fender Rhodes electric piano, and vocoders bestow a zany campiness to the kitscy pop of Air's electronic dance music. The tracks exude Pink Floyd's psychedelic majesty, jazz's subdued ambience, random quotations from the history of soul, funk and disco music, and more than a passing mention of Burt Bacharach's and Ennio Morricone's scores.

The suave and uplifting jazz-rock theme of 'La Femme d'Argent', played and counterpointed on a plethora of timbres by the electronic keyboards, whirls like one of Terry Riley's minimalistic 'dervishes' before mutating into a driving movement for piano and orchestra. Their knack for post-modern revisions of commercial music is in full display. 'Sexy Boy' is culled from France's easy listening of the 1960s (steady Riviera rhythm, engaging organ refrain, sensual female singer) but augmented with bizarre sounds and a robotic tone.

A similar treatment awaits the bubblegum motiv of 'Kelly Watch The Stars', the catchy novelty 'Remember' and the joyful parody of orchestral movie soundtracks of 'Ce Matin La'. 'All I Need' is essentially a trip-hop version of a soul-jazz diva. Air are far from innovative or groundbreaking. However, they are to be credited with breathing new life into a dead body.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How do you review a Classic?
Moon Safari is a stone cold classic album, that helped create a whole style of retro futurism, as well as define a French eletro-ambient pop sound that is still going strong. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Paul Galbally
5.0 out of 5 stars Analogue Air
France is not really known for its classic rock and pop output. I think it has something to do with the French sensibility and penchant for cabaret, Edith Piaf, and melancholy... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Peter Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be happier
I've had this on my shopping list for years, but to buy it this very low price was the icing on the cake, fantastic and fast delivery too!
Published 6 months ago by mike lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
If I tried to write a long review for Moon Safari I'd end up doing it an injustice, so I'll leave with this:

It sounds like you're listening to an album that was made... Read more
Published 7 months ago by S.E. Haughton
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School and still cool
Air moon safari is a great album. It's mellow vibe is still very enjoyable and suprisingly doesn't sound at all dated.
I love it.
Published 7 months ago by The Unknown Soldier
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best
simply, one of the best albums ever. Electronic, atmospheric and mesmerising - every time I hear it stills feels like the first time.
Published 10 months ago by jimbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Chill with the Moon
Moon Safari offers a fine album here with great tunes to relax to after a hard day at work or just for that quiet moment. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Malcolm Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten gem
I heard these tunes for ages without knowing who the artistes were - my daughter finally told me. Great tunes, very evocative. Glad I finally found them.
Published 10 months ago by Moira
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant, mellow music
This music is perfect to chill out and relax, even if Sexy Boy is not the most relaxing track. Unfortunately the final three tracks are not as good as the others and that is why I... Read more
Published 12 months ago by D. Giusti
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 absolutely classic tracks
Not a great fan of the other tracks on this but there are 3 absolutely brilliant songs, .. which makes the whole album worth buying.. especially when it's <£3 (incl. P&P)
Published 12 months ago by shahin
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