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Air
Moon Safari (10th Anniversary)
Astralwerks

Rating: 7/10 ?


April 21, 2008
With the release of their debut album Moon Safari a decade ago, the French pop duo Air shot to super stardom and defined the French sound of the moment. With it's nods to Jean-Michel Jarre and a tight twist of airy (pun intended) songs like "Sexy Boy" and "Kelly Watch The Stars" with more subdued ballads featuring Beth Hirsch, the album debuted at #5 on the British album charts and promptly became a modern classic.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel's debut, this diamond of a record is being re-released as part of a 3-disc set, together with a disc of remix, rarities and radio performances, and a DVD featuring the Mike Mills documentary "Eating, Sleeping, Waiting & Playing" together with the four music videos for Moon Safari.

Moon Safari has long been a staple in the collections of most fans of electronic "chill-out" music, leaving disc 2 and the DVD as the main draw for the "strictly limited edition release." Disc 2 features 10 tracks: a mix of radio sessions (mainly from BBC), a couple of demos ("Bossa 96" and "Kelly Watch the Stars"), and a few remixes. As enticing as it might seem, this supplementary collection of recordings is not overly interesting and has little staying power - Moon Safari appears as originally released and the bonus tracks are yawners.

The DVD features the documentary "Eating, Sleeping, Waiting & Playing", an hour-long film about Air's first tour, filmed in New York, London and Paris. As the name implies, the documentary records Godin and Dunckel as they eat, sleep, wait and play, but never gets more interesting than that. Although there's nothing particularly dramatic about the film, for some strange reason it is hard to stop watching; maybe it's the wanna-be pop star hidden deep within us all that is fed a healthy dose of non-glamorous life on the road, or maybe it's an eye-opener revealing how dull touring really is. Whatever the case, "Eating, Sleeping, Waiting & Playing" works well as a documentary, and gives weight to all those parental and guidance counselor admonitions against a career as a pop star.

Smelling of an Astralwerks cash-grab, Moon Safari's three-disc reissue could just as well have been a two disc set, or for that matter just a single DVD release. Future E-bay auction profits aside, there is little in the collection to justify a recommendation for LAS readers to drop $20 on an album they most likely already own and a sub-par rarities disc, when Mills documentary is really the only disc of the three that resonates. (That 7/10 rating is more a reflection of Moon Safari's quality than the merits of this reissue). That said, for anyone with a friend who's never heard of Air and has an interest in rare radio sessions, then the 10th anniversary edition of Moon Safari is worth a look. After all, the holiday gift-giving season is only seven months away.

Reviewed by Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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