By Michael Endelman
Updated January 23, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

On their third proper album, Talkie Walkie, Air continue the languorous lounge style pioneered on their stunning ’98 debut, but producer Nigel Godrich (Radiohead) helps the French duo bring their soft-focus sound into sharper relief. Tighter songwriting and an undercurrent of dark claustrophobia distinguish the disc from its predecessors, while the dreamy space pop will have you floating in the clouds, if not above them.