Air
Moon Safari


4.5
superb

Review

by Justin Swope USER (93 Reviews)
November 16th, 2012 | 28 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Air's endearing debut is saturated with the most basic of human desires, creating a deeply cathartic listening experience.

The French duo known as Air has established a fascinating musical legacy through their modus operandi of electronica. Their first album has often been labeled as the perfect "make-out" record, and after soaking in the LP's aura of desirability, it's not hard to see why. The duo entices the listener with a patient disposition that pervades the nooks of crannies of the music. As a result, Moon Safari is an engrossing, easygoing, and amiable journey through an atmosphere of spacey textures and seductive beats.

Simply put, Moon Safari is one of the most blissful electronic albums of all time. Collectively, the songs do an excellent job of establishing such a captivating sphere of affection. The duo ventures into a world of unabashed euphoria with an indulgent selection of spellbinding, ethereal songs and titillating dance music. Many of the album's sentiments are purely carnal, invoking the most basic of human desires. Viewed in its entirety, Moon Safari is a visceral experience and an awe-inspiring cruise through the fantasy of a deeply surreal paradise.

Moreover, Moon Safari sounds very futuristic, employing several swirling electronic textures, like the hypnotizing sounds lining the background of the opening track, "La femme d'argent". The track sounds like boarding a flying saucer and being transported to a world far from the traces of contemporary society. Despite the album's mystical quality, the feelings displayed are still pleasant and extremely warmhearted. Air redefines dance music with the seductive "Sexy Boy", pulsating with yearning and lust. In addition, with a definitive focus on the atmosphere, the duo frames a mesmerizing work of electronic intimacy around the most raw of human emotions.

It's hard not to be lured by the elegant female vocals of "All I Need", which surround one of Air's most absorbing beats ever. The mellow acoustic guitar caresses the optimistic sentiment of the song. As the track drifts away into the unknown, the personal connection of the music reaches fulfillment. This connection can be further cherished on the instrumental "Talisman", a luscious blend of strings and computerized echoes. The subjects of endearment and passion remain central to the record's tone. What makes this album even more interesting is that singers on the vocal tracks shift between a flirtatious female voice and a robot-like voice that constantly pushes and pulls the listener between the boundaries of reality and imagination.

The sensual "You Make It Easy" is an effortless display of magical pianos and a twinkling rhythm section. Getting lost in the visionary environment of the song brings about a wonderful set of emotions. The LP reaches a pinnacle with the dense and sublime "Ce matin-la", featuring a myriad of complementary instruments that lend to a cathartic voyage to the domain of sheer happiness. As soon as the horn section takes the lead, the song is elevated to new heights and its romantic elements come to life. The strings augment the track's emotional core and expand its musical horizon. The album then cools down with the comforting "New Star In the Sky" and gradually begins to float away.

Moon Safari has indeed left a significant imprint on electronic dance music with its unrelenting appetite. Air have proven themselves to be a seminal force of music. Thus, their debut album can be enjoyed by almost anyone willing to treat themselves to a distinctive style of electronica.

Favorite Tracks:
Ce matin-la
All I Need
You Make It Easy
La femme d'argent
Talisman



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ThroneOfAgony
November 16th 2012


3485 Comments


Kinda grew out of this album, maybe I'll listen to it again sometime

I remember liking the first track and 'Kelly Watch the Stars' a lot

mindleviticus
November 16th 2012


8542 Comments


Oh man, this album is so relaxing

breakingthefragile
November 16th 2012


3012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album so much. It's jazzy chillout ambient at its finest. Review is really good as per usual Justin. Pos!

KILL
November 16th 2012


74378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gd album yea

Typhoner
November 16th 2012


938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review.



I know the album is considered a classic and it's chill and well-composed and stuff, but, well, it doesn't do it for me.

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 16th 2012


16389 Comments


i remember someone hyping this up to me and not liking it, nice review tho

Ethics
November 16th 2012


4112 Comments


boring album

jtswope
November 17th 2012


2953 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's certainly not for everyone but i enjoy it

Chortles
February 20th 2015


18478 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is doing things 2 me

Cygnatti
February 20th 2015


26418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good. o_o

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zakalwe
February 20th 2015


11605 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It'll tickle your talisman if you let it.

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NorthernSkylark
February 20th 2015


7066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album's a sexy beast

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Muisc4Life26
February 22nd 2015


3169 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

amazing album

AmericanFlagAsh
May 13th 2015


4112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is so beautiful...

I might 5 this

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DoofusWainwright
May 13th 2015


1363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It is perfect at what it sets out to do...but what is sets out to do isn't a 5/5 destination for me. Easily one of the best song based chill out albums of all time

AmericanFlagAsh
May 13th 2015


4112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

After a few listens it currently sits on a 4.5

What do you mean by "song based"

I feel like the album is structured so well as a whole

zakalwe
May 13th 2015


11605 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

5 it yankflag dude. This takes you on a journey and stays with you while you continue your own

Cygnatti
May 13th 2015


26418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i dig that nickname. let's make it official. and yeah, i should bmup this.

chinesewhispers
May 13th 2015


2460 Comments


Kind of see this as a bit overrated tbh, maybe because the whole vocoder thing doesn't work for me, but some of these tracks are simply gorgeous

Like that opener and Talisman omg

DoofusWainwright
May 13th 2015


1363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

AFA I mean this is for the most part conventionally song based - a lot of ambient/chill out discs aren't split into easily digestible 5 minute chunks with vocals and trad song structures.



This is the king of the 'pop album' style chill out discs ahead of Zero 7, Royksopp, etc.



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