Those expecting 10,000 Hz. Legend to sound something like this French duo's 3-year-old debut, Moon Safari, may be surprised.

Those expecting 10,000 Hz. Legend to sound something like this French duo's 3-year-old debut, Moon Safari, may be surprised. Less buoyant and kitschy than its predecessor, 10,000 Hz. Legend is more like a follow-up to Air's original score for the Sofia Coppola film The Virgin Suicides, with hazy, almost drug-like moodswings competing with decidedly austere slices of electronica. Deeper, darker, and in the end more delicious than the act's previous recordings, 10,000 Hz. Legend sounds something like Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon perhaps) as re-tweaked for today's post-Kraftwerk rave generation. Recorded in Paris and Los Angeles, the new disc finds Air masterminds Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel collaborating with classical musicians, a choir, and such guest artists as Beck, Buffalo Daughter's Sugar and Yumiko, and Redd Kross drummer Brian Reitzell. Sadly, Beck's delivery on "The Vagabond" is a tad misguided; his spoken words on "Don't Be Light" are slightly better, but one wishes that he would simply go with the flow and not try so damn hard. Thankfully, such gorgeous tracks as "How Does It Make You Feel," "Radio #1," and "Radian" more than make up for such missteps.—MP

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