Air is the only band on the planet that manages to be French and good at the same time. they play heady pop with acoustic guitar and a lot of keys and programming. they actually have soul in their own sort of weird twisted-up-in-a-croissant way.
I always really liked their albums and friends had raved about their live shows for years. '04 was the first time I saw them. They are truly great entertainers.
One album that never gets mentioned is premiere symptomes. A lot of the tracks are moon safari tracks without the vocals, but ut us a very nice album. But don't let the mellow songs fool you. They put on an engaging show, even if there is no mosh pit.
I didn't like Air until yesterday. I heard one of their songs along time ago and it put me off, but I went on their myspace and I'm definetely reconsidering... http://www.myspace.com/intairnet
It's really pretty music and somewhat creepy which makes it a perfect match for me. I didn't bother seeing them the last time they play, but will definetly watch them this time.