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The Virgin Suicides: Original Motion Picture Score Soundtrack

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AIR THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (SOUNDTRACK)

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Air's debut, Moon Safari, solidified the French duo's position among fickle electronica music fans and earned them critical accolades throughout the press. Yet one of their most important fans turned out to be Sofia Coppola (daughter of Francis Ford), who, inspired by their moody ambiance, asked them to write the soundtrack for her directorial debut. The Virgin Suicides--adapted from the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides about the Lisbon sisters and their quest for answers in a turbulent American adolescence--includes stars such as Kirsten Dunst and Kathleen Turner, and Air make a deeply impressionistic subliminal appearance as well. Gordon Tracks sings the lush and romantic "Playground Love"; the rest is a throbbing score of somber synths and thick washes of modest psychedelic touches that recall the tranquil buzz that comes from too much staring at the lava lamp. The only complaint is that this 13-track album is only 40 minutes long; some of the cuts should have been longer. The meditative quality practically demands it. --Rob O'Connor

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Playground Love
  2. Clouds Up
  3. Bathroom Girl
  4. Cemetary Party
  5. Dark Messages
  6. The Word 'Hurricane'
  7. Dirty Trip
  8. Highschool Lover (Theme From The Virgin Suicides)
  9. Afternoon Sister
  10. Ghost Song
  11. Empty House
  12. Dead Bodies
  13. Suicide Underground


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 29, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: February 29, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004KD51
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,363 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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That's a dreadful headline as it says nothing of any significance but...This record is amazing. Don't buy it expecting Moon Safari 2, though. This is a soundtrack and therefore has a different feel than a standard album. However, you will not be disappointed. If Radiohead and Portishead gave birth, this would be their child.
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Let me start by saying that the music is fantastic.

However...this set offers nothing new for fans, unless you didn't already have the live performance. FYI- this is NOT the complete show- it is presented here in truncated form and in a different running order. (All that is missing to the best of my knowledge is the encore, 3 non-soundtrack tunes: Talisman, J'ai Dormi Sous L'eau, and La Femme D'argent)

I happen to hate picture discs, and this one is no exception. This concert deserved release as a double album in its entirety. Also- just as a side note, I recommend storing the picture disc in a paper sleeve instead of the PVC sleeve it comes in- they are notorious for causing damage over time. If you haven't heard this show, it's a gem. Too bad they screwed up the vinyl release so badly!

Personally I don't like the box itself - it is too big (almost 14"x14") and won't fit on the shelf with standard lp box sets. There was no reason to make it that big, and doing so required an interior cardboard "buffer." The quality of the cardboard material is pretty lame. My box arrived with a bent corner of the interior buffer shell. I'm not sure where mine will live...storage maybe? It won't fit on the shelf with other vinyl boxed sets. When records won't fit on a record shelf, it's a problem.No matter where I put this box it's in the way.

All of the extras are a bit chintzy...the posters are nice, but are folded to fit in the box...they won't look good in frames. The laminate? Who cares....the party was 13 years ago. The cds? Redundant. (although I used the cd to rip a FLAC version of the live show...I would have done a vinyl rip, but frankly the cd sounds better in this case).
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Air's latest offering has a significantly darker texture than either "Moon Safari" or "Premiers Symptomes". This could be due partly to the dark nature of the film this album constitutes the score for. Only one track off this disc features vocals (though several more have voice samples). This is the type of music from Air that I personally prefer. Many of the songs are also quite brief, leaving one wanting more. Thats really the only problem with this disc. The thirteen songs combine to run only about fourty minutes. Some of the songs wind up feeling underdeveloped. That being said the sounds and textures are uniformly brilliant. Comparing the sonic palette (and the whole album for that matter) to Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" is justifiable. I don't think this album will bring Air legions of new fans and for first time buyers "Moon Safari" is still a better introduction, but for anyone remotely into the duo this album is an essential buy.
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As a 17 yr old myself, my parents are alarmed at the fact that I have become so obsessed with everything to do with the "Virgin Suicides" recently. First, I read the book (utterly compelling and beautifully written), then saw the film (a great-though slightly short-portrayal of the book) and finally have aquired the soundtrack. I'm not normally into much chill-out type music, but it is so haunting and compelling that you cannot help but listen to it. The best track in my opinion, track 8 (Highschool Love) is really key to the whole film, but all the tracks seem to blend seemlessly into each other. The only faults I have are that the tracks do not last long enough (I personally could have enjoyed another minute or so of track 8 for a start), and that if a listener had not seen the film, or read the book, then songs like track 13 (which contains excerpts from the film) may not make sense. But I suggest you just overlook this, sit back and let the soaring and haunting melodies glide over you.
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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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