Moon Safari

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This article is about the Air album. For the band of the same name, see Moon Safari (band).
Moon Safari
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Studio album by Air
Released 16 January 1998 (1998-01-16)
Recorded April – June 1997
Studio Around the Golf and Studio Gang in Paris; strings recorded at
Abbey Road in London; mixed at
Studio Plus XXX in Paris; mastered at the Exchange in Camden
Genre Downtempo[1]
Length 43:35
Label Virgin, Caroline, Parlophone, Astralwerks
Producer Air
Air chronology
Premiers Symptômes
(1997)
Moon Safari
(1998)
The Virgin Suicides
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly A−[4]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[5]
NME 8/10[6]
Pitchfork Media 7.9/10[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[9]
Spin 7/10[10]
The Village Voice A−[11]

Moon Safari is the debut studio album by French electronic music duo Air, released on 16 January 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. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album at number 93 on their list of the best albums of the 1990s,[12] while the magazine's French edition ranked it at number 65 on their "100 Greatest French Rock Albums" list.[13] Moon Safari set the stage for the budding downtempo music style and, according to Nielsen SoundScan, had sold 364,000 copies by 2009.

Legacy[edit]

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[14]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

All tracks written by Air, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) English translation Length
1. "La femme d'argent"     The Silver Woman/The Money Girl 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 Patrick 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 rerelease (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. ^ Bush, John. "Moon Safari – Air". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  4. ^ Smith, Ethan (6 February 1998). "Moon Safari". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  5. ^ Hilburn, Robert (7 March 1998). "Air, 'Moon Safari,' Source/Caroline.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Mulvey, John (17 January 1998). "Air: Moon Safari / Kid Loco: A Grand Love Story". NME: 38. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  7. ^ DiCrescenzo, Brent. "Air: Moon Safari". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 20 November 2002. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  8. ^ Sheffield, Rob (7 January 1998). "Air: Moon Safari". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  9. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 10–11. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  10. ^ Salamon, Jeff (February 1998). "Bugs: Infinite Syndrome / Air: Moon Safari". Spin. 14 (2): 108. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (23 February 1999). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Air, 'Moon Safari' – 100 Best Albums of the Nineties". Rolling Stone. 27 April 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  13. ^ Magazine Rolling Stone, n°18 of February 2010, ISSN 1764-1071
  14. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 
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