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Virgin Suicides Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 15 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Music Canada
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004KD51
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 102 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,092 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Playground Love (With Gordon Tracks)
2. Clouds Up
3. Bathroom Girl
4. Cemetary Party
5. Dark Messages
6. The Word Hurricane
7. Dirty Trip
8. Highschool Lover
9. Afternoon Sister
10. Ghost Song
11. Empty House
12. Dead Bodies
13. Suicide Underground

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AIR The Virgin Suicides (2000 Canadian issue 13-track CD album featuring the original score produced composed and performed AIR including the theme song Highschool Lover plus Playground Love with vocals by Gordon Tracks [aka Thomas Mars of Phoenix] picture sleeve)


French avant-pop duo Air's third album is the soundtrack to the Sofia Coppola movie about a brace of teenage sisters whose beauty mesmerises the local boys and whose suicides devastate the community. It's a Gothic, faintly silly romantic fantasy about lust for the unattainable, and Air's enigmatic "pure pop" treatment is the perfect musical backdrop. Tracks like "Playground Love" and "Highschool Lover" are deceptively candy-coated pieces of puppy lover's pop, all sighing saxophones and dippy keyboards, while "Bathroom Girl" is a slo-mo vision of beauty. With the spookier synth pulses and black vibes of "Cemetery Party" and "Dark Messages", however, Air get to signal the weirder undercurrents of the movie, while "Dead Bodies" is a full-on Gothic wig-out complete with a sisterly choir from beyond the grave. --David Stubbs

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Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album a couple of weeks ago, when a new girl entered our office, a design department, and brought this music. I didn't know who they where or what the name of the album or the songs where, and my first impression was: This is excellent. Such desertic landscapes and situations as those in "The End of Evangelion" (when nobody was left in planet Earth and the only survivor cried for his beloved Asuka) came to my mind. The feelings of loneliness and drama are so hard you think this is the end of the world's perfect soundtrack. Excluding the first track (which is much better in the free downloadable version available right here in Amazon), this is perfectly coherent music. They sound as if they had been Pink Floyd's padawans. I felt extremely relaxed and thinked: This is Floyd's line resurrection. However, when I knew the title of this album the true meanings came very clearly. I really really love this music and would highly recommend it to any die-hard fan of Pink Floyd's "Echoes" and "Shine On". However, it is much better if you don't know the title. Do this experiment to someone: Make him/her hear this without telling what it is. Perception is much clearer when it is not obstructed by prejudices.
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By RaGS on Nov. 11 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'm not impressed by much music anymore, but those first few seconds of the film "The Virgin Suicides" made my jaw drop.
I had heard Air before ("Moon Safari," "Premier Symptomes," "10,000 Hz Legend") and only saw flashes of brilliance amidst hours of blah. That said, I didn't give this score a chance and wouldn't have had I not watched the movie...
But I did watch the movie, and I couldn't help but get Air's score afterwards.
What I don't understand is that this release is the only thing in the Air catalog worth anything, and yet it's flat out amazing. I can't fathom how this and their other albums could have come from the same duo.
If you like calm, dark, relaxing music, this is perfect for you. The same is true for fans of Tosca, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Portishead, Massive Attack, Amon Tobin, and others. But the "Virgin Suicides Score" is darker and slower than any of those. I just hope that Air stays on this path in the future, making beautiful soundscapes like these for years to come.
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Air's ambient, dreamy and incredibly mood-setting score for the film The Virgin Suicides opens with the soulful "Playground Love," what I still believe to be one of the best pop songs of the last five years. It combines the dark ambience of the later songs with a pop sensibility and the result is a song that, if it was played on the radio, would be one of the greatest pop songs of recent memory. It's more or less smooth jazz with string synths to compliment it. The gentle loungy xylophone and saxophone make this the best chill-out song with a pop structure. Immediately, Air seems to be showing a Pink Floyd influence, one that reoccurs throughout the whole score.
The rest of the album keeps a similar dark theme, with Air, this time, switching off from their beloved synthesizers to more traditional instruments at times. Many songs are built over loops of synth sounds, with the song building slowly, and changing, until it ends up back where it started. Such is the case with "Clouds Up," "Cemetary Party" and "Dark Messages." "Cemetary Party" consists of a plodding footstep sounding synth with a organ, and a dreamily played guitar. This song also shows off the capabilities specific synthesizer, i forget the name of it, but Kraftwerk used one of the first versions of it on Radioactivity. It imitates the sound of a choir singing, and so it gives this incredible half-real half-surreal sound of what could be human voices, but you're not sure. Because I immediately tie in the sound with its use on Radioactivity, it always sends a chilling sensation through my body. It's somewhat ominous.
As i said, the rest of the album pretty much sustains a mood that's somewhere between mystery and suspense, between clean and sleazy.
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Format: Audio CD
Air - The Virgin Suicides Soundtrack
They say the French can't rock. They say that the rock years passed by and all the French could come up with were a few nondescript Eurotoppers. For most part, they say France had to subsist on foreign sounds, from Britain and the United States. True, but that was then, and Air is now.
A duo of French lounge hipsters with a keyboard fetish and a Floyd-ian air about them (sic!), Air is France's answer to new-age rock. Better late than never, huh? Their soundtrack album for Sofia Coppola's Virgin Suicides is Pink Floyd's Meddle on Prozac. Distant, dreamy, and dreadfully portentous. From the first bar onward you detect the fidelity to the masters of electronic rock; even the phrases seem indistinguishable. But far from dismissing them as Floyd plagiarists, I would hail them as a superb new group. Air is music for mature ears, post-trance pleasure, wee hours lounge sounds.
Employing the liberal use of multiple keyboards with drums and numerous tape effects, Nicolas Godin and Jean Benoit Dunckel create a sound that matches the ambience of Virgin Suicides, the movie, like tonic mixes with gin. The film is ominous, hazy and tinged with the constant hint of impending catastrophe. The soundtrack, mostly instrumental, except for eerie computer-generated vocals, is just that, too. The drums drive a solid, dependable groove while keyboards, muted trumpets and winds work into and swirl over each track, with vocals lending a dimension that only the human voice can add. Creating a haunting, unforgettable piece of music.
Look out for Suicide Underground, the last track on the album. It still rings in my ears, and appears in my dreams. Playground Love reminds me of Time, without doubt, and has some great saxophone work.
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