10 000 Hz Legend

10 000 Hz Legend
Air - 10 000 Hz Legend.png
Studio album by
Released28 May 2001 (2001-05-28)
Recorded2000–2001
Studio
Genre
Length60:44
Label
Producer
Air chronology
The Virgin Suicides
(2000)
10 000 Hz Legend
(2001)
Talkie Walkie
(2004)
Singles from 10 000 Hz Legend
  1. "Radio #1"
    Released: 14 May 2001[5]
  2. "Don't Be Light"
    Released: 18 February 2002[6]
  3. "How Does It Make You Feel?"
    Released: 18 February 2002[7]
  4. "People in the City"
    Released: 18 February 2002[8]

10 000 Hz Legend is the second studio album by French electronic music duo Air. It was released in France on 28 May 2001 by Virgin Records and in the United States on 29 May 2001 by Astralwerks. On this album, tracks are longer and more electronic-oriented than on their previous records. These experimentations find the duo expanding their capacities and working with other artists including Beck and suGar Yoshinaga of Buffalo Daughter.

The album artwork was produced by Ito Morabito and its cover image features Monument Valley, located on the ArizonaUtah border.

Critical reception[]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic68/100[9]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[10]
Alternative Press8/10[11]
Entertainment WeeklyC[12]
The Guardian2/5 stars[13]
Muzik5/5[14]
NME9/10[2]
Pitchfork7.6/10[15]
Q3/5 stars[16]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[17]
Spin7/10[18]

10 000 Hz Legend received generally favourable reviews from critics. Most reviewers focused on the group's departure from the sound of 1998's Moon Safari, although the soundtrack album The Virgin Suicides (2000) had a similar mood and sound. Q listed 10 000 Hz Legend as one of the 50 best albums of 2001.[19]

The American music website Stereogum takes its name from the lyrics of the song "Radio #1".[20]

Track listing[]

All tracks are written by Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Electronic Performers"5:36
2."How Does It Make You Feel?"4:37
3."Radio #1"4:22
4."The Vagabond" (lyrics by Dunckel, Godin and Beck Hansen)5:37
5."Radian"7:37
6."Lucky and Unhappy"4:31
7."Sex Born Poison" (lyrics by Dunckel, Godin and suGar Yoshinaga)6:18
8."People in the City"4:57
9."Wonder Milky Bitch"5:50
10."Don't Be Light"6:18
11."Caramel Prisoner"4:58
Japanese ion bonus track
No.TitleLength
12."The Way You Look Tonight"3:46

Personnel[]

Crs adapted from the liner notes of 10 000 Hz Legend.[21]

Musicians[]

  • Air – arrangement
  • Brian Reitzell – drums (tracks 2–5, 8–10); drum sounds (tracks 3, 10)
  • Justin Meldal-Johnsen – bass (tracks 2, 3, 5, 10); solo vocals (track 3); drum sound (tracks 3, 10)
  • Roger Joseph Manning Jr – keyboards (tracks 3, 5, 10); vocals (tracks 2, 3)
  • Beck Hansen – vocals (tracks 4, 10); harmonica (track 4)
  • Jason Falkner – vocals (tracks 3, 6, 8)
  • Ken Andrews – vocals (tracks 3, 6, 8)
  • Buffalo Daughter – vocals (track 7)
  • Lisa Papineau – vocals (track 6)
  • Jean Croc – whistle (track 10)
  • Elin Carlson – solo soprano (track 10)
  • Barbara Cohen – voice (track 5)
  • Corky Hale – harp (track 5)
  • Julia Sarr – background vocals (track 8)
  • Olyza – background vocals (track 8)
  • Thomas – hand claps (track 4)
  • Annabel – hand claps (track 4)
  • Jean-Benoît Dunckel – hand claps (track 4)
  • Roger Neill – string, choir and flute conducting, arrangement

Technical[]

  • Air – recording, production
  • Julien Marty – sound engineering
  • Julien Doubey – sound engineering
  • Pascal Garnon – drum recording
  • Brian Kehew – sound engineering
  • Bruce Keen – sound engineering, ing
  • Tony Hoffer – additional production, ing, mixing
  • Julien Delfaud – mixing assistance
  • Nilesh Patel – mastering
  • Stéphane Elfassi – executive production
  • Marc Teissier du Cros – executive production

Artwork[]

Charts[]

Certifications and sales[]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[46] Gold 100,000^
United States 80,000[47]
Summaries
Worldwide 600,000[48]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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