I've read all the other reviews of Air,s new album Pocket Symphony, and its obvious that there are two camps of opinion. No it's not Moon Safari, or the brilliant Talkie Walkie, but it's still a good album in its own right. After all talented artists need to move on. We don't continuously want re-makes of Moon Safari do we? (surely).
Pocket Symphony is a lot more melancholy and sombre, and doesn't have any lighter tracks to break it up, and therefore each track tends to blend into the next. In which case it becomes more ambient, musical wallpaper than an album of stand out tracks, But that's OK.
However sometimes I feel Air know exactly what they're doing, I mean ...you can just imagine advertising companies and Sophia Coppola on the phone right now.
There are a couple of guest appearances as well. Jarvis Cocker mumbles through "One hell of a party" sounding like he has the mother of all hangovers. Neil Hannon on "Somewhere between waking and sleeping", but JB Dunckel still gives the best performance vocal wise.
Not the best album to date, and in summery...I think maybe one problem with this album, is there are no real stand out tracks, and therefore doesn't really take you anywhere. It's probably best played as back ground more than anything...definitely not a driving CD!
I'm personally giving it 4 stars, because although its not what Air fans may have expected, its still a good album in it's own right, which I'm sure that given the chance it will grow on you, as it has me.