Talkie Walkie

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Talkie Walkie
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Studio album by Air
Released 21 January 2004 (2004-01-21)
Recorded 2003
Studio Revolvair Studio, Paris, France
Ocean Way Studios, Hollywood, United States[1]
Length 43:27
Label Virgin
Producer Air, Nigel Godrich
Air chronology
10 000 Hz Legend
(2001)10 000 Hz Legend2001
Talkie Walkie
(2004)
Pocket Symphony
(2007)Pocket Symphony2007

Talkie Walkie is the third studio album by French music duo Air, released on 27 January 2004. "Alone in Kyoto" was included on the soundtrack to the 2003 film Lost in Translation and "Run" was used in the Veronica Mars episode "Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner", as well as the 2004 French film Lila Says. "Talkie-walkie" means walkie-talkie in French.

As of 2006, the album had sold 161,000 copies in United States according to Nielsen SoundScan.[2] It was reported in 2004 that according to the Virgin label at that time the album had shipped 450,000 copies outside France.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic75/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[6]
The Guardian4/5 stars[7]
Los Angeles Times2/4 stars[8]
NME8/10[9]
Pitchfork8.3/10[10]
Q4/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[12]
SpinB[13]
Uncut4/5 stars[14]

Talkie Walkie received highly favourable reviews from critics. Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone called the album "excellent" and commented that Air "return to what they do best: elegantly moody soundtrack music for imaginary films."[12] NME reviewer Piers Martin commented, "It is light and fluffy, of course, but tender and romantic, synthetic and soulful, too. It sounds, effortlessly, new and different, fresh and focused, clean and Zen, no doubt the outcome of Godin and Dunckel's decision to play and programme all the instruments and perform all the vocals on the record themselves in Paris without any external assistance...". Praise was given to the subtle touch producer Nigel Godrich and string arranger Michel Colombier presumably brought to the album at its final stage,[9] and the more personal and tighter song writing.

Pitchfork named Talkie Walkie the twentieth-best album of 2004,[15] and they placed it at number 191 on its list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Air.

No.TitleLength
1."Venus"4:04
2."Cherry Blossom Girl"3:39
3."Run"4:12
4."Universal Traveler"4:22
5."Mike Mills" (named after music video director Mike Mills)4:26
6."Surfing on a Rocket"3:43
7."Another Day"3:20
8."Alpha Beta Gaga"4:39
9."Biological"6:04
10."Alone in Kyoto"4:51
11."Easy Going Woman" (bonus track for Japan)4:34

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • "Cherry Blossom Girl", single released February 16, 2004
  • "Surfing on a Rocket", single released by Virgin on April 19, 2004
    • 12" (VST1871)
      1. "Surfing on a Rocket" (album version)
      2. "Surfing on a Rocket" (Juan Maclean remix)
      3. "Surfing on a Rocket" (Joakim remix)
      4. "Surfing on a Rocket" (Zongamin remix)
      5. "Surfing on a Rocket" (Nomo Heroes remix)
  • "Alpha Beta Gaga", single released by Virgin on August 9, 2004
    • CD (VSCDX1880)
      1. "Alpha Beta Gaga" (edit)
      2. "Alpha Beta Gaga" featuring Rhymefest (Mark Ronson remix edit)
      3. "Alpha Beta Gaga" (Mark Ronson dub)
      4. "Alpha Beta Gaga" (Jackson remix)
      5. "Cherry Blossom Girl" (Radio mix)
    • 12" (VST1880)
      1. "Alpha Beta Gaga" (edit)
      2. "Alpha Beta Gaga" (Jackson remix)
      3. "Alpha Beta Gaga" featuring Rhymefest (Mark Ronson remix edit)
      4. "Alpha Beta Gaga" (Mark Ronson dub)
  • Surfing on a Rocket, EP released on 19 October 2004 by Astralwerks

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[40] none 63,100[41]
Ireland (IRMA)[42] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[43] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[44] none 161,000[45]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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