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Virgin Suicides Soundtrack
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AIR The Virgin Suicides (2000 French issue 13-track CD album composed for the Sofia Coppola film including Playground Love Clouds Up & Bathroom Girl picture sleeve CDV2910)
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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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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This soundtrack is unbelievable. I had watched the movie (the virgin suicides) about a million times and had always found an interest in the chosen music, until finally I searched... Read morePublished on Dec 22 2004 by Madelyn Steffens
I am getting married this June, and Playground Love will be the first dance for my husband and I. It is the most beautiful, elegant song I have ever heard. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004
More like 4 1/2 stars. I fell in love with the book and the movie, and hearing the motion picture score has completed the experience. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2003 by Britain Roth
I purchased this album upon spending my last three days in Europe this summer at a Virgin Megastore in Paris for 8 Euros. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2002
Being a huge fan of Air, I bought this record just wanting more Air. Only several months later did I actually see The Virgin Suicides. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2002 by Jane Avriette
4 & 1/2 stars. If you are at all interested in the future of music you should look into the Virgin Suicides score. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2002 by Dazzle Dee
i love this album indefinitely. Im not sure how i stumbled upon Air. Probably from a list of Trip hop bands, yet im glad i did. Read morePublished on July 27 2002 by Robert Billy
Air has made another astonishing mark in their debut with this lovely peice of work they did for Soffia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides. Read morePublished on May 30 2002 by Stephen M Weathers