Moon Safari

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This article is about the Air album. For the progressive rock band, see Moon Safari (band).
Moon Safari
Studio album by Air
Released 16 January 1998 (1998-01-16)
Recorded April–June 1997 in Paris
Genre Psychedelic pop, downtempo,[1] space pop,[2] progressive rock[3]
Length 43:33
Label Virgin
Producer Air
Air chronology
Premiers Symptômes
(1997)
Moon Safari
(1998)
The Virgin Suicides
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[4]
Blender 4/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau A−[6]
Entertainment Weekly A−[7]
NME 8/10[8]
Pitchfork Media 7.9/10[9]
5.6/10 (10th anniversary edition)[10]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[11]
Spin 7/10[12]

Moon Safari is the debut studio album by French music duo Air, released in 1998. On 14 April 2008, Virgin Records re-released Moon Safari to mark the album's tenth anniversary. The limited edition album came with a bound book, a DVD documentary about the duo, and an extra CD with live performances and remixes. The French edition of Rolling Stone magazine named this album #65 on their list of the 100 greatest French rock albums.[13] Moon Safari set the stage for the budding downtempo music style and, according to Nielsen SoundScan, had sold 364,000 by 2009.[14]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

All songs written and composed by Air, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) English translation Length
1. "La femme d'argent"     The Silver Woman 7:10
2. "Sexy Boy"       4:57
3. "All I Need"   lyrics by Beth Hirsch   4:28
4. "Kelly Watch the Stars"       3:44
5. "Talisman"       4:16
6. "Remember"   co-written with Jean-Jacques Perrey   2:34
7. "You Make It Easy"   lyrics by Hirsch   4:00
8. "Ce matin là"   co-written with P. Woodcock That Morning 3:38
9. "New Star in the Sky (Chanson pour Solal)"     Song for Solal 5:38
10. "Le voyage de Pénélope"     Penelope's Voyage 3:10
Notes

10th anniversary re-release (2008)[edit]

Bonus Disc[15]
No. Title English translation Length
1. "Remember" (David Whitaker Version)   2:25
2. "Kelly Watch the Stars" (Live on the BBC, 1998)   2:44
3. "J'ai dormi sous l'eau" (Live on the BBC, 1998) I Slept Under Water 4:10
4. "Sexy Boy" (Live on the BBC, 1998)   3:10
5. "Kelly Watch the Stars" (The Moog Cookbook Remix)   5:40
6. "Trente millions d'amis" (Live on KCRW radio, 1998) Thirty Million Friends 4:34
7. "You Make It Easy" (Live on KCRW, 1998)   4:45
8. "Bossa 96" (Demo)   4:44
9. "Kelly Watch the Stars" (Demo)   3:46
10. "Sexy Boy" (Beck "Sex Kino Mix")   6:36
DVD
  • "Eating Sleeping Waiting & Playing" by Mike Mills.
  • Music videos for "Sexy Boy", "Kelly Watch the Stars", "All I Need", and "Le soleil est près de moi" (from the Premiers Symptômes EP).
  • Graphics and storyboards.

Personnel[edit]

  • Jean-Benoît Dunckel – keyboards, synths, organ, vocals, piano, pan pipes, hand claps, glockenspiel
  • Nicolas Godin – bass, synths, percussion, vocals, guitar, hand claps, harmonica, glockenspiel, piano, organ, pan pipes, drums
  • Beth Hirsch – vocals
  • Enfants square Burcq – vocals
  • Alf (a.k.a. Stephane Briat) – hand claps
  • Caroline L. – hand claps
  • Marlon – drums
  • Eric Regert – organ
  • David Whitaker – string arrangement, conducting
  • P. Woodcock – guitar, trombone

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "100 Best Albums of the Nineties: Air, 'Moon Safari'". Rolling Stone. 
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  4. ^ Bush, John. "Moon Safari – Air". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. 
  5. ^ Walters, Barry. "Moon Safari Review". Blender. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Air". robertchristgau.com. 
  7. ^ Smith, Ethan (6 February 1998). "Moon Safari: Air". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  8. ^ NME (IPC Media): 38. 17 January 1998. "...neo-symphonic bliss-outs for the next Generation Next. For the Jazz Club in space...a floaty, widescreen and spiritual music that updates The Beach Boys' instrumental odysseys..." 
  9. ^ DiCrescenzo, Brent (1998). "Air: Moon Safari". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 20 November 2002. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  10. ^ Pytlik, Mark (24 April 2008). "Air: Moon Safari - 10th Anniversary Edition". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Sheffield, Rob (7 January 1998). "Air: Moon Safari". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  12. ^ Spin: 108. February 1998. "...this French duo offers up a sort of weightless trip-hop exoticism. But rather than pillage the usual African or Brazilian sources, Nicolas Godin and Jean Benoit Dunckel—tubas and Moogs in hand—travel deep into the cheesy heart of whiteness, cannibalizing Muzak, Italian soundtracks, and lounge..." 
  13. ^ Magazine Rolling Stone, n°18 of February 2010, ISSN 1764-107L
  14. ^ Ayers, Michael D. (19 June 2009). "Air Brings Out the 'Love'". Billboard. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
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