10000 Hz. Legend CD (2001)

Artist: Air

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Label Astralwerks
SKU 60480624
UPC 724381033227
UPC 14 00724381033227
Format CD
Release Date 5/29/2001
Author Air
Associated Artist/Work Baricco, Alessandro
Technical Info
Engineer Air; Brian Kehew; Bruce Keen
Producer Air; Tony Hoffer
CatalogID CDV 2945
Lable Name Source UK (UK)
Released 05/28/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 60m : 42s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724381033227
Musical Guests
Jason Falkner
Buffalo Daughter
Album Notes and Credits
Air: Nicolas Godin, JB Dunckel.
Additional personnel includes: Beck (vocals, harmonica, keyboards); Justin Meldal-Johnsen (vocals, bass); Sugar, Yumiko, Lisa Papineau, Jean Croc, Corky Hale, Jason Falkner, Ken Andrews, Barbara Cohen (vocals); Julia Sarr, Olyza (harp); Elin Carlson (whistle); Brian Reitzell (drums, programming); Roger Joseph Manning Jr (programming).
Recorded in Paris, France and Los Angeles, California.
Personnel: Beck (vocals, harmonica); Lisa Papineau, Jason Falkner, Ken Andrews, Buffalo Daughter (vocals); Elin Carlson (soprano); Corky Hale (harp); Brian Reitzell (drums); Julia Saar (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Tony Hoffer.
Recording information: Appolo; Bomb Factory; Capital Studios; Hollywood Sound.
Editors: Tony Hoffer; Bruce Keen.
Arrangers: Roger Neill; Air .
Before this album, the last full-length offering from French duo Air was the soundtrack to the Virgin Suicides. That effort marked so much expansion on and progression from its predecessor (Air's debut MOON SAFARI) that a further push up the mountain seemed a logical expectation for 10,000 HZ. Instead, Air chose to jump off the mountain into a strange, forbidding ravine. You'll find neither the pure electro-pop hooks of MOON SAFARI nor the elegant, surreal majesty of VIRGIN SUICIDES here. Instead, the Air boys offer an insular record thick with ironic self-regard and tongue-in-cheek humor.
Beck is a guest here, and his voice and pomo-slacker sensibility blend right in, but for the most part, Air lets the synthesizers and vocoders take center stage. Listening to 10,000 HZ LEGEND is somewhat akin to sitting in a bar and getting hit on by an android; in fact there's actually some Barry White-style bedroom talk filtered through electronic processing early on in the album. How far you're willing to go with these Gallic pop-bots probably depends on how far they've taken you in the past.
Professional Reviews
Spin (7/01, pp.126-7) - 7 out of 10 - "...Their very own KID A....offering heavier arrangements, starker contrasts between soft folky orchestrations and hard prog-rock noise, more guest stars, fewer pretty tunes, and several gigabytes of robo-speak....absurd, uncanny and touching..."
Q (7/01, p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A bold, chaotic departure from MOON SAFARI's smooth lines, packed with experiments and sonic jokes..."
Alternative Press (2/02, p.64) - Ranked #8 in AP's "25 Best Albums of 2001".
Alternative Press (7/01, pp.58-9) - 8 out of 10 - "...Funny and ingenious..."
Magnet (12-1/02, p.56) - Included in Magnet's "20 Best Albums of 2001".
CMJ (5/28/01, p.5) - "...Made of the strict artisan molecules as previous releases....LEGENDS lives for shadows...the depth and variety of the darkness beautifies the album...
Mojo (Publisher) (1/02, p.71) - Ranked #26 in Mojo's "Best [40] Albums of 2001".
Mojo (Publisher) (6/01, p.94) - "...This is rich, deep-pile music reliant on texture rather than pop smarts..."
NME (Magazine) (12/29/01, p.59) - Ranked #14 in NME's 50 "Albums Of the Year 2001".
Disc 1
1 Electronic Performers
2 How Does It Make You Feel?
3 Radio #1
4 Vagabond, The - (featuring Beck)
5 Radian
6 Lucky & Unhappy
7 Sex Born Poison - (featuring Buffalo Daughter)
8 People In The City
9 Wonder Milky Bitch
10 Don't Be Light - (featuring Beck)
11 Caramel Prisoner

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