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Air (France): The Virgin Suicides [Original Soundtrack]

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (3/16/00, pp.72-3) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...an album that's some previously unknown form of spooky goth music for kids....exceedingly strange yet scrupulously crafted and intelligent..."

Entertainment Weekly (10/12/01, p.44) - Ranked #93 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks"

Q (3/00, p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...an eclectic selection of musical sketches, few of which pay any heed to orthodox song structure....teetering pleasantly close to what used to be called ambient, others sound like half-completed electronic doodles..."

Uncut (3/00, p.85) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The prevailing mood here is solemn and nocturnal...It's all very soft-focus, very regal..."

Alternative Press (4/00, pp.76-7) - 4 out of 5 - "...unmistakably the sound of Air - lush analog keyboards float over dubby bass and jazzy drums - creating that intangible atmosphere that made them famous..."

Magnet (1-2/01, p.44) - Included in Magnet's "20 Best Albums of 2000" - "...Evokes the mysteries of adolescence....The sinister bass-line pull of sex, the chilly, synthesized fear of the future and long, starry-eyed stretches of reflective boredom..."

CMJ (1/31/00, p.3) - "...Air's accomplishment resides in its ability to fashion the cheese of decades gone by into a sweet, seductive melancholia."

Melody Maker (2/29/00, pp.48-9) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...painless...providing 13 beautifully mournful moments which would make even a Mr Bean film seductive."

Mojo (Publisher) (6/02, p.68) - Included in Mojo's "100 Coolest Movie Soundtracks".

Mojo (Publisher) (2/00, p.86) - "...confirms that Air's 'modus operandi' is perfectly suited to bringing subtle shades of beauty to incidental fragments..."

NME (Magazine) (2/26/00, p.36) - 8 out of 10 - "...[It] is Air's Nicholas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel at their best - entirely removed from logic and gleefully, wickedly free to roam their own, unique world..."

Album Notes

Air: Nicholas Godin, Jean-Benoit Dunckel (various instruments).

Additional instruments: Gordon Tracks (vocals, drums); Hugo Ferran (saxophone); Brian Reitzell (drums).

French duo Air's soundtrack for the Sofia Coppola-directed (yes, THAT Coppola) film THE VIRGIN SUICIDES is a far cry from the bouncy post-disco sounds of their earlier efforts. Instead of light, cheery, and fun music full of ironic wit, this album delves into darker regions. Dance beats are clearly not the agenda here, as the largely instrumental album paints moody sonic portraits that bring to mind the highly textured '70s work of art-rockers like Eno and Pink Floyd. In fact, much of THE VIRGIN SUICIDES sounds more like a batch of vintage prog-rock outtakes than like the work of Europe's most cutting-edge electronic popsters. Breaking the vocal silence (but not the dark mood) are "Playground Love," sung by Gordon Tracks, and the album's closer, an extended, unsettling monologue delivered by a deep, nightmare-inducing voice.


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