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.