Sean Howe
March 02, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Pocket Symphony

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Astralwerks
genre
Electronic

We gave it a C+

In the nine years since this French duo Air debuted with the stunning Moon Safari, a blend of easy-listening and synthesizer grooves that soundtracked countless Urban Outfitters visits, they’ve only occasionally resurrected the bubbly melodies of that masterpiece. Pocket Symphony is meant as a return to the film-score sounds of Safari. Unfortunately, ”hummability” is missing from the formula, and disaffected vocals by Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and the Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon do little to enliven the monochromatic piano and minimalist arrangements.

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