Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. They've created a score alive with alternating currents of portentous noir atmosphere, sentimentality and playfulness, one that, amazingly, evokes mid-'70s suburbia without ever seeming campy or obviously retro.
  2. Checkout.com
    90
    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.
  3. A mesmerizing 13-track suite that ebbs and flows with a continuous hallucinatory lushness from start to finish.
  4. Hardly a major work; several tracks recycle the elegiac main theme, and you miss the occasional vocal that enhanced Moon Safari.
  5. 80
    It's synthesized, as expected, but not in a new wave way. Organs breathe a heavy, gloomy sigh through 13 tracks... It's beautiful and I'm sold.
  6. 80
    Air's score darkens their brand of soft, introspective melodies with wavering pianos, funereal organs, and disembodied synth loops, and the resulting soundscapes often have a spacey, Pink Floyd-ish quality.
  7. Resonance
    80
    The Virgin Suicides score comes on like Pink Floyd without the bombast, or Twin Peaks without the awkward goofiness and desktop production. [#26, p.50]
  8. Sounds as if it was recorded in a hermetically sealed ballroom by a group of misanthropic, jazz-obsessed weird-beards.
  9. 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.
  10. 70
    A haunting through line of notes that impact wonderfully in stirring the darker recesses of the mind.
  11. 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.
  12. There are elements missing and sometimes out of place on the disc.... Godin and Dunckel, however, succeed in interpreting the film's dreamy '70s vibe and creating sonics with appropriate drama and cinematic flair.
  13. The duo deliver an evocative, mostly instrumental set that effectively serves their inspiration, as well as their fanbase.
  14. An artistic experiment that stretches the band's sound while meditating on the film's menacing malaise.
  15. Contemplative electronic mood-music in a minor key-
  16. 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.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. AlexA
    Oct 28, 2006
    10
    One of the best albums ever.