Air: Moon Safari: Pitchfork Review
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Moon Safari
[Source/Astralwerks; 1998]
Rating: 7.9

Analog, aquatic, bulbous, blue, breathy, cloudscraper, crystal, casio, dewy, deliquescent, dulcet, ethereal, effervescent, elastic, French, floating, grassy, gravity, groove, hotel, holograph, Holland, indiglo, Iceland, ingenuous, Japanese, jingle, juicy, kitsch, kitchen, kissing, lounge, lazy, liquid, moog, mood, martini, naughty, nylon, nymph, organic, oval, plastic, pompous, Parisian, quasar, quondam, quixotic, retro, rococo, robot, synthetic, synth, sylvan, terrycloth, tinsel, tea-time, underwear, underground, universe, viscous, vaporous, velvety, wet, wanton, waterfall, xylophone, xenogenic, X-chromosome, young-eyed, yacht, yester, zipper, zestful, zodiac rock drips like sugary dew and melted cheese from every second of Moon Safari. Close your eyes on an Antonini film and open them on "2001."

Air is the perfect background music for minimalist architecture design, shagging up against a tree in a field of sunflowers, waiting in line for "Space Mountain," drinking gin upstairs in a 747 (circa 1974), and '60s Swedish industrial documentaries. This disc is a bit too cheeky for daily consumption, but fits in nicely next to your Stereolab, and Pizzicato Five CDs. Play this on Valentine's Day for your sweetie and go to work Monday with band-aids on your back.

-Brent DiCrescenzo, 1998







10.0: Essential
9.5-9.9: Spectacular
9.0-9.4: Amazing
8.5-8.9: Exceptional; will likely rank among writer's top ten albums of the year
8.0-8.4: Very good
7.5-7.9: Above average; enjoyable
7.0-7.4: Not brilliant, but nice enough
6.0-6.9: Has its moments, but isn't strong
5.0-5.9: Mediocre; not good, but not awful
4.0-4.9: Just below average; bad outweighs good by just a little bit
3.0-3.9: Definitely below average, but a few redeeming qualities
2.0-2.9: Heard worse, but still pretty bad
1.0-1.9: Awful; not a single pleasant track
0.0-0.9: Breaks new ground for terrible