Love 2

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Love 2
Studio album by Air
Released 2 October 2009 (iTunes Store)
5 October 2009 (Europe)
6 October 2009 (US)
Recorded Atlas Studio
Genre Neo-psychedelia, downtempo, space rock, electronica, psychedelic rock
Length 46:06
Label Virgin
Producer Air
Air chronology
Pocket Symphony
(2007)
Love 2
(2009)
Le voyage dans la lune
(2012)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The A.V. Club (B)[1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
BBC Music (mixed)[3]
CHARTattack 2.5/5 stars[4]
The Independent 3/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media (4.0/10)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[8]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[9]
The Times 4/5 stars[10]
URB 4.5/5 stars[11]

Love 2 is the sixth studio album by French music duo Air. The album was released on 30 September 2009 in Japan, and in the first week of October in the rest of the world. It is the first production recorded at their own recording facility, Atlas Studio.[12]

History[edit]

On 6 July 2009, a viral single, "Do the Joy", was made available as a free download to existing Air newsletter subscribers. The album's first proper single "Sing Sang Sung" was released digitally on 25 August 2009. An album mashup was made available to UK newsletter subscribers on 14 September 2009. The album was streamed worldwide for an interactive "listening party" on 28 September 2009, starting at 12:00 CET, for exactly 24 hours. Track names were not shown, but the album was played in order. Fans were also given the opportunity to comment on the album via Facebook, and their comments were displayed adjacent to the media player as well as an updating Google Maps view of where listeners were. The album can also be streamed on Air's MySpace page.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Air except "Au Fond Du Rêve Doré" by Peter Moesser. 

No. Title Length
1. "Do the Joy"   2:59
2. "Love"   2:43
3. "So Light Is Her Footfall"   3:13
4. "Be a Bee"   3:45
5. "Missing the Light of the Day"   4:26
6. "Tropical Disease"   6:47
7. "Heaven's Light"   3:51
8. "Night Hunter"   4:13
9. "Sing Sang Sung"   3:08
10. "Eat My Beat"   2:44
11. "You Can Tell It to Everybody"   4:09
12. "African Velvet"   3:47
13. "Au Fond Du Rêve Doré" (Online exclusive [French for "At the Bottom of the Golden Dream"]) 2:02
14. "Danger Zone" (iTunes pre-order only exclusive) 3:58
15. "The Dream of Yi" (iTunes exclusive) 5:29
16. "Indian Summer" (Japan bonus track) 6:04

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[13] 58
Austrian Albums Chart[14] 56
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[15] 15
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[16] 18
Croatian International Albums Chart[17] 32
Dutch Albums Chart[18] 43
European Top 100 Albums[19] 27
French Albums Chart[20] 12
German Albums Chart[21] 39
Irish Albums Chart[22] 30
Italian Albums Chart[23] 48
Swiss Albums Chart[24] 15
UK Albums Chart[25] 36
US Billboard 200[26] 100
US Dance/Electronic Albums[26] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andy Battaglia (6 October 2009). "Air: Love 2". A.V. Club. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  2. ^ Heather Phares. "Love 2 > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  3. ^ David Stubbs (7 October 2009). "Review of Air - Love 2". BBC Music. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  4. ^ Kate Harper (14 October 2009). "Air - Love 2". CHARTattack. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  5. ^ Andy Gill (2 October 2009). "Album: Air, Love 2 (Virgin) - Reviews, Music". The Independent. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  6. ^ Nate Patrin (5 October 2009). "Album Reviews: Air: Love 2". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  7. ^ Will Hermes (5 October 2009). "Love 2: Air: Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  8. ^ Jesse Cataldo (5 October 2009). "Album Reviews: Air: Love 2". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  9. ^ David Marchese (7 October 2009). "Air, 'Love 2' (Astralwerks)". Spin. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  10. ^ Pete Paphides (3 October 2009). "Air: Love 2 review". The Times. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  11. ^ Cuellar, Jorge (5 October 2009). "Reviews: Air". URB Magazine. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  12. ^ "AIR will release their fifth studio album, 'Love 2', in mid-October 2009". EMI Group. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2009. 
  13. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Albums – Week Commencing 12th October 2009". Australian Recording Industry Association. Pandora Archive. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Air – Love 2" (in German). IFPI Austria. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Air – Love 2" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Air – Love 2" (in French). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Top Stranih – Tjedan 42. 2009." (in Croatian). Hrvatska Diskografska Udruga. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "Air – Love 2" (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "European Albums – Week of October 24, 2009". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  20. ^ "Air – Love 2" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  21. ^ "Air, Love 2" (in German). Media Control. charts.de. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  22. ^ "Top 75 Artist Album, Week Ending 8 October 2009". Irish Recorded Music Association. Chart-Track. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  23. ^ "Artisti – Classifica settimanale dal 05/10/2009 al 11/10/2009" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  24. ^ "Air – Love 2". Media Control. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  25. ^ "Air – Love 2". Official Charts Company. Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  26. ^ a b "Love 2 – Air". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 15 February 2012.