Most helpful positive review
French boy does his own thing, largely to good effect.
on 5 March 2007
Yes, this does sound like one half of Air, obviously...because it is, but for some reason it sounds like Dunkel has been able to put more of himself into it, knowing that the pressure to deliver Moon Safari 2 is nowhere it sight, and you sense you know him after listening to this album. While it's very similar to Air's post moon safari material, it actually makes the listener pay attention, and has more emotion in it than '10,000hz Legend' or 'Talkie Walkie' had. The songs are simple but show off Dunkel's song writing talent. It's not all good however. Not all the ideas work, and some sound a bit rushed, and you get the feeling he's thrown in an oddity or two to demonstrate this isn't Air, it's just him....so it's a case of taking the rough with the smoooth.
Half of the songs are album tracks, if you know what i mean. 'My Own Sun' by itself is almost good enough reason enough to by this though - a song to put you in a good mood with lyrics like 'All the sh*t is just an illusion'. In a open minded music world 'My Own Sun' would be given a bit more exposure and reach more ears, it's just pure class. 'At the end of the sky' is also a damn fine song, 'Beautiful Woman' is good if a little short, but again is quite upbeat. 'Be my friend' sounds like it should or could have been on Talkie Walkie, in that it's slightly darker/claustrophobic than the songs previously mentioned. 'Earth' is a curious effort with otherworldly instrumentation over a slow heavy beat, but is also a pleasant change, but could have been spiced up a bit, and verges on filler at 6 minutes long. Dunkel's effort as Darkel (and his lispy voice) may not do it for some, particularly for those who hark back to the dreaminess of Moon Safari, but if you view this more as a mini album, and pick out the good bits (mind you, you can happily listen to this all the way through - it's great to have on as you go about your daily business) it's more than worthy of spending a few quid on. A 'cute' and understated piece of work.