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Talkie Walkie is the third studio album by French electronic music duo Air. It was released on 26 January 2004 by Virgin Records. "Alone in Kyoto" was included on the soundtrack to the 2003 film Lost in Translation, and "Run" was used in both the Veronica Mars episode "Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner" and the 2004 French film Lila Says. "Talkie-walkie" means walkie-talkie in French.

Talkie Walkie
Air - Talkie Walkie.png
Studio album by
Released26 January 2004 (2004-01-26)
Recorded2003
Studio
Length43:27
Label
Producer
Air chronology
10 000 Hz Legend
(2001)
Talkie Walkie
(2004)
Pocket Symphony
(2007)
Singles from Talkie Walkie
  1. "Cherry Blossom Girl"
    Released: 16 February 2004
  2. "Surfing on a Rocket"
    Released: 9 April 2004
  3. "Alpha Beta Gaga"
    Released: 9 August 2004

As of November 2006, Talkie Walkie had sold 161,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[1] The album shipped 405,000 copies outside France within two weeks of its release, according to Virgin Records.[2]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic75/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [4]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[5]
The Guardian     [6]
Los Angeles Times    [7]
NME8/10[8]
Pitchfork8.3/10[9]
Q     [10]
Rolling Stone     [11]
SpinB[12]
Uncut     [13]

Talkie Walkie received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 75, based on 29 reviews.[3] 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."[11] 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,[8] and the more personal and tighter songwriting.

Pitchfork named Talkie Walkie the 20th best album of 2004,[14] and later placed it at number 191 on its list of the top 200 albums of the 2000s.[15]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin.

No.TitleLength
1."Venus"4:04
2."Cherry Blossom Girl"3:39
3."Run"4:12
4."Universal Traveler"4:22
5."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
Japanese edition bonus track[16]
No.TitleLength
11."Easy Going Woman"4:34

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Talkie Walkie.[17]

MusiciansEdit

TechnicalEdit

ArtworkEdit

  • Richard Prince – cover art
  • Aaron Klein – technical assistance
  • Claude Gassian – cover photo
  • Jenna Felling – interior photos
  • Marc Teissier du Cros – polaroids
  • Roger Gorman – design

ChartsEdit

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Ireland (IRMA)[47] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[48] Gold 100,000^
United States 161,000[1]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Additional recordings

ReferencesEdit

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