Original Motion Picture Score for The Virgin Suicides Image
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  • Summary: The soundtrack to Sofia Coppola's film features instrumental tracks from Air, as well as the single "Playground Love," featuring vocals from Gordon Tracks.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Suicides offers music that's even softer and more blurred around the edges than the band's previous efforts (Moon Safari and Premiers Symptomes), deftly meshing Bacharach-influenced progressions with martini lounge instrumentation for a mix that's retro-futuristic and smooth as, well, air.
  2. A mesmerizing 13-track suite that ebbs and flows with a continuous hallucinatory lushness from start to finish.
  3. Sounds as if it was recorded in a hermetically sealed ballroom by a group of misanthropic, jazz-obsessed weird-beards.
  4. Though the record does aim for the same kind of prog-rock atmospherics as their earlier releases, Air have managed to alter their sound this time out, drawing from a wider array of rock influences, instead of limiting their scope to Perrey and Kingsley.... Of course, The Virgin Suicides has its dry moments, but surprisingly, they're few and far between. For the most part, the album showcases Godin and Dunckel's dramatically improved songwriting skills.
  5. 70
    A haunting through line of notes that impact wonderfully in stirring the darker recesses of the mind.
  6. 70
    It's clear that Air didn't spend a whole lot of time on these tracks, since most of the music here revolves around a couple of musical motifs and none are as densely complex as their previous work. However, this reductionist approach serves its purpose and, although conceptually a far cry from Moon Safari -- for obvious reasons -- The Virgin Suicides nonetheless fits well within Air's modus operandi.
  7. The album is exceedingly strange yet scrupulously crafted and intelligent. Chances are that Air, as they fashioned this fetching and jejune and weirdly disturbing score, were also having a small laugh.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. John
    Jul 22, 2006
    10
    One of the rare scores that functions just as beautifully as a stand-alone album as it does background music for its film, Air's Virgin One of the rare scores that functions just as beautifully as a stand-alone album as it does background music for its film, Air's Virgin Suicides soundtrack is a triumph. Warm, beautiful, and lush, this is one of the best soundtracks to be released in the last ten years. An absolute must-own, even if you're not an Air fan. Expand
  2. MorbiusM
    Jan 13, 2006
    10
    Ah piece of art
  3. AlexA
    Oct 28, 2006
    10
    One of the best albums ever.
  4. StefanS
    Oct 15, 2006
    8
    Another awesome Air effort. Playground Love is one of the best songs I've heard. The other tracks are good too, but not totally great.
  5. BramV
    Jun 8, 2009
    8
    Having served some time as my top-ranked album, the tunes now feel somewhat outpaced and predictable. Nonetheless, this album can convey a Having served some time as my top-ranked album, the tunes now feel somewhat outpaced and predictable. Nonetheless, this album can convey a great atmosphere and has, amongst others, helped setting the mood for several defining moments of my life. Strongly recommended blackout/background music. Expand

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