Album of the Day
10,000 Hz Legend
Air's 10,000 HZ LEGEND takes the vibe of the French duo's Virgin Suicides soundtrack a step further, turning an occasionally disconsolate vision into an electro-pop soufflé. While the opening track is tellingly titled “Electronic Performers,” the collection seamlessly integrates a wide variety of acoustic instrumentation into the mix of synthesizers and robotic vocals. Power-poppers Jason Falkner and Roger Joseph Manning Jr. lend a hand on a few tracks, as does Beck, whose appearance on “The Vagabond” is an album highlight. Other standouts include “Radian” and “People In The City,” both of which show how Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin add hooks and production touches over the course of a few minutes to create an irresistible song. 10,000 HZ LEGEND was one of Billboard's Top Dance/Electronic Albums, but the 2001 set will appeal to sophisticated listeners of every stripe.