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Virgin Suicides

Air

2000

Virgin Suicides

Album Summary

The Virgin Suicides is a score composed by French electronic music duo Air for the 1999 film of the same name by Sofia Coppola. It was released on 23 February 2000 by Virgin Records. The album was nominated for Best Soundtrack at the 2001 Brit Awards. The French edition of Rolling Stone magazine placed The Virgin Suicides at number 49 on their list of the 100 essential French rock albums. In 2014, NME placed the album at number 11 on their "61 of the Greatest Film Soundtracks Ever" list. In 2019, Pitchfork placed the album at number four on their "Top 50 Best Movie Scores of All Time" list.On 3 June 2010, Air performed the full score with the band Hot Rats (with members of Supergrass) at the Cité de la Musique in Paris.To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the film The Virgin Suicides, a deluxe edition of the album was released in June 2015 as a two-disc set and a super deluxe box set. The former contains two studio outtakes on disc one and a bonus disc of previously unreleased live recordings, while the latter includes the album on 180-gram red vinyl, an exclusive picture disc featuring previously unreleased live recordings, the "Playground Love" EP on 180-gram red vinyl, the two-disc deluxe edition of The Virgin Suicides on CD, a 16-page booklet featuring an unpublished Air interview, a film poster, a replica VIP laminate pass and a download card.

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Rating

3.25

Votes

5387

Genres

  • Pop
  • Electronica
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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

This is the first soundtrack I encountered on the list, a "genre" that I didn't even consider finding here. I wonder when I will get my first country album? Anyway, I never saw The Virgin Suicides, and I suspect I would have liked this album more if I did. I also suspect that these songs actually made a pretty great soundtrack for the movie. However, I did not see the movie, and I am judging this as everything else on the list: a music album, listened to in one sitting. And with that method, well, this didn't blow my hair back. Air is a French electronic band I had never heard of. The songs were mostly instrumental, with some spoken word vocals from the movie toward the end. The music itself was fine. There were some good drum and bass grooves. One song really sounded like one track from the Final Fantasy X soundtrack. Basically, this was good music to have in the background. Which as a soundtrack makes it a resounding success? I guess I question why this is on the list? 1001 albums sounds like a lot, but there are quite a few bands with 3 or more albums on the list. What's going to happen is by the end of this there are going to be some omissions that I take issue with, and I suspect this album will be one of the first I would take off the list to make room for those. My personal enjoyment: 3/5 Did it belong on this list: 2/5

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

"Obviously, doctor, you've never been a 13-year-old girl." This album is a mood. They used to use some of these tracks on This American Life a lot. That may have been why I bought the CD originally but I can't really recall now. I don't remember much about the movie other than thinking that it captured the 70s better than most movies set but not made in that decade. It was nice to listen to the whole album again. There's a sound on one of the tracks (maybe Dirty Trip?) that sounds like The Bionic Woman jumping. I like the album a lot, especially the last track with narration from the movie. That's some beautiful writing there. "Everyone dated the demise of our neighborhood from the suicides of the Lisbon girls. People saw their clairvoyance in the wiped-out elms and harsh sunlight. Some thought the tortures tearing the Lisbon girls pointed to a simple refusal to accept the world as it was handed down to them: so full of flaws. But the only thing we are certain of after all these years is the insufficiency of explanation."

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Oh man I loved this movie. This is a wild album that is definitely bringing images from the movie into my head, but is still a really solid fascinating album all on it's own.

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Sun Feb 14 2021
5

Loved it. Mysterious and slightly weird and cinematic. Takes you for a ride

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Thu Jul 15 2021
5

This album is fantastic. It really blew me away with its insanely chill vibes. The darkness of the story transcends the largely lyricless album, but hits hard in the beautifully written final track. What a piece of art.

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Thu May 13 2021
5

An eerie feel to the album. Amazing unique sound. Sounds like Brian Wilson meets Horror flicks. Catchy tunes.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

So calm and cool. Great to listen to when hanging out with my baby boy.

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Sat Mar 06 2021
3

Unlike Moon Safari, this Air album doesn't evoke daydreams where Christian Louboutins are the perfect cherry on nubile limbs. Shockingly, I gave Virgin Suicides the same rating as Moon Safari.  I must have rounded down when I rated Moon Saf. 

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Tue Oct 19 2021
3

Unlike the squishy warmth of Air's debut album 'Moon Safari', 'The Virgin Suicides' leaves me cold like the corpses of the 5 Lisbon sisters from the movie also called 'The Virgin Suicides'

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Wed May 19 2021
2

I was pretty excited for this one after Moon Safari, until I realized it was a score and not even a soundtrack. The problem, as an album, is that you end up with snippets of music (with recurring melodies on different tracks, just on different instruments and in different keys) rather than traditional songs. And the music is typically whimsical and easy to listen to but honestly it's a lot of the same orchestral tones, with just a different instruments underneath. Many of the drum parts are fantastic, though. "Dead Bodies" and "The Word Hurricane" stand out. "Dirty Trip" is the least enjoyable track, but also somehow the longest. In all, the way it plays as a score, the redundancies, lack of lyrics aside from a bit of spoken word, and a lack of context from the film are detriments. I can't fault Air for this one and the music isn't "bad" but it just doesn't play well as an album.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
2

2.9 + Having loved "Moon Safari", I was excited by this project for an intriguing film with a catchy title. Unfortunately, after "Playground Love" this record takes a sharp nosedive. Much of the rest is variations on that theme using various synthesized instruments. I imagine it's effective enough as a soundtrack but certainly not interesting as a standalone record.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
1

malo

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Wed Mar 10 2021
1

aucun intéret du mauvais pink floyd

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Wed Mar 24 2021
1

I usually don't mind Air (I own Moon Safari) but I found this tedious. Maybe it helps to see the film...

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Wed Mar 17 2021
1

This was not a good album. I feel like even if it's so perfect for the movie, that does not make it a good album on its own (as you said Kix). Lame!

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Fri Oct 01 2021
1

Is this an album for white noises and ASMR aficionados? I didn't get it, absolutely.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
1

The Virgin Suicides (Score) by Air (2000) ‘Scores’ for motion pictures generally do not make for good albums. This one (for the Sofia Coppola film The Virgin Suicides [1999]) is no exception. While the title of this random collection of background tracks (“The Virgin Suicides”) offers some help in discerning its dreary meaning, the listener would be required to enter into the creative world of the film itself to understand the concept, and to evaluate how well the music accomplishes its purpose. The lengthy, poorly written, poorly performed, poorly recorded spoken word explanation in the final track “Suicide Underground” is a mere coda to the music, a promo piece for the movie more than a synthesis of the album. The serious listener should be advised that there is a separate “soundtrack” album for this film (The Virgin Suicides Original Soundtrack [2000, Emperor Norton 1977276]), featuring real recording artists like Todd Rundgren, Heart, The Hollies, Al Green, 10cc, and Styx, that is not bad as far as soundtrack albums go. As for this album: well, simple minor-key electronic dissonance, aged synthesizer gimmicks, eerie hums and buzzes, all laid over slow and steady beats and bass lines characterize most of the tracks. And the endings of the tracks almost all feel like the writer simply put down his pencil, saying, “That’s enough for this one”. While there are many sounds on this record that one might connect with the feelings of five suicidal teenage sisters from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, the almost entirely instrumental compositions lack internal coherence, narrative, and direction. One is reminded of the (mostly unused) score to Michael Radford’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) by Eurythmics. It just doesn’t work as an album. It’s mere mood ‘music’. The result here is a nausea-inducing nightmare of depressive sounds without the redeeming value of good gothic horror. I can’t think of any redemptive reason to recommend this album to anybody. 1/5

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Mon Nov 30 2020
5

Jazz Noir

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Fri Nov 06 2020
5

I like it, Air is a great band

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

MY BOIS

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Airy Sax Enjoyed

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

loved it. awesome album

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Ambient and wonderful!

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Fri May 21 2021
5

Great cover design, very nice vibe!

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

i’ve watched the virgin suicides before but i never really paid attention to the music. god, i wish i had. this was brilliant

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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

familiar sound of the early 00s - perfect soundtrack music

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

This Album is great, it has some of my favorite Songs in it. Playground Love is one of my all-time favorites.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

Magnificent soundscapes. Builds tension without being unbearable. Great use of sound and flow.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
5

Really enjoyed this interesting soundtrack album/score. Every song was varied but impressive from front to back. Loved the drums in The Word Hurricane reminiscent of Daft Punk's RAM. Will definitely return to this.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
5

Super relaxed album. Geweldig om ‘s avonds te luisteren. Top.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
5

Een van mijn favoriete albums. Geweldig unieke muziek! Zwaar relaxt met zeer unieke geluidjes zoals we gewend zijn van Air. De film ook gezien destijds waardoor de beleving natuurlijk weer iets groter wordt. Bekendste nummer is natuurlijk "Highschool Lover" maar nummers als "Dirty Trip" vertellen zonder tekst ook een verhaal. Dit is zoals goede muziek moet zijn. Misschien is "Empty House" nog wel mijn persoonlijke favoriet. Begint als soort van chip-music waar later een soort Ennio sausje overheen komt. Owja, en "Dead Bodies" is ook wel een heel vet nummer. Een lekkere up-tempo smaakmaker naar het einde toe. *****

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Fri Aug 27 2021
5

A soundtrack of superb quality… light as air and biting as the first winter breeze in late fall.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

Total sucker for pretty much anything Air / Lamb / Zero7, so this one had me at the get-go. Sad story, groovy tunes.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

The soundtrack of one of my favourite films. An enjoyable listen.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

I listened to this album fairly often when it came out. Really loved it then but kind of haven’t listened to it in the last 15 years. Let’s see how it holds up… This is one moody album. I immediately felt taken back to the movie as “Playground Love” opened. I immediately wanted to go back an re-watch the film. The song is really impressive. The lyrics and sound create a powerful combination. “Clouds Up” starts to build the tension, and this is when the album really starts to feel like something you might hear in a church. The choir voices, droning organ… I had never noticed how this whole thing feels almost like attending a very non traditional mass of some kind. “The Word Hurricane” comes in and I am realizing that there are very strong connections between Air and a lot of the instrumentals of The Alan Parsons Project. Funny that I never made that connection before, but there’s a lot of strong similarities. The instructional interlude with the breaths below then lead to a transformed chaotic, trippy ending. “Clouds Up” amps up the tension again - really liking this. “Dirty Trip” brings in the main theme music again, reworking it well. And is that an autoharp I’m hearing? Air knows how to build these instrumentals as the songs progress to keep things very interesting. The piano-based “High School Lover” is another interesting variation on the theme. The strong bass and arrangement again is quite evocative of some of Alan Parson’s arrangements. No wonder I like this so much. “Ghost Song” and “Empty House” heightens the ominous feel of the album no doubt in response to the tension in the movie, whose plot I cannot remember for the life of me. I really loved the piano and drums of “Dead Bodies”. Really stands out while totally fitting in. “Suicide Underground” adds dialogue from the movie over a nearly religious instrumental track. I am starting to remember the movies plot now. I’m not sure if listening to this while traveling on a bus across the stark Icelandic landscape is influencing my rating, but this is a spectacular soundtrack that I am glad to have rediscovered and will no doubt enjoy again soon.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

I saw this movie in the theater when it came out, and the thing that I remember most about it was that I was blown away by the music and I immediately looked for the soundtrack. However, there were two albums available, the "score" and the "soundtrack" and I think I got overwhelmed trying to pick (why didn't I get both? I don't know) so I just (slowly) downloaded "Playground Love" on dial-up Napster. (Why isn't the "soundtrack" available anymore? I particularly remember "I'm Not in Love" being very effectively used in the film.) Anyhoo, I am still blown away by this music and I'm so mad that I didn't buy it (and the soundtrack) in 2000. It creates such a setting and such a mood and feels as striking now as it did 20 years ago. Besides the theme, which has never left my playlist, I can't quite elevate one track above another as they each have their own complementary sound to the album as a whole.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Crazy TRIPPY album!

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Loved it, have not heard of this band but definitely will be listening more, very beautiful and emotive instrumental soundscapes.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

Very chilled out vibes- I didn't realize these were related to the movie until I explored the songs more on YouTube.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
5

Air meets Pink Floyd

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

Two Air albums in three days! What luck! I’ve not seen this film, but the album is excellent. I heart Air

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Tue Feb 01 2022
5

4.5

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

an ambiance

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

What a great discovery! Great Pink Floyd influenced psychedelic rock! Will definitely listen again!!

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

This album alone makes me glad I am trying this 1000 albums thing

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

a hidden gem! Excellent, reminded me of Pink Floyd.

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Tue Apr 05 2022
5

Very intense feels like a film watching

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

Simply great!

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Tue May 17 2022
5

Bloody ell I love this I read the book when I was about 16 and though I've never seen the movie, I imagine this fits it perfectly, and listening to this makes me want to watch the movie

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Sat Jun 25 2022
5

I loved it!!

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

very cool

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

Excellent hidden gem

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

Air implies a promise, one they keep - that they will take you away to unique sonic landscapes. Sometimes frightening, sometimes pristine, disturbing, or epic. But no matter what, always interesting.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Surprisingly good. I liked it enough to listen to it twice over!

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

A breathtaking soundtrack. An obvious 70s Italian and French soul/funk influence exists throughout the album. The combination of everything from the sound palette to the chord progressions and mixing of the drums will make you do a double take at the release date of the album. The opening track, Playground Love, as well as Highschool Lover both sound like something out of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; they have a very romantic, cozy, and melancholic sound–an undefeatable combination. The production on these two tracks manages to sound indie and mainstream at the same time.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

WOW!! Quite a discovery! I purchased th CD!

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Phenomenal electronic soundtrack. Almost flawless.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Fantastic

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

AMAZING

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Super chill, with a slant toward the depressive side. This album is as depressing as the movie, but I'm a child of the '90s and pathetic grunge kid at heart.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

This is by far and away the best album produced by Air that I have heard. Listening to it is like watching a movie-- so cinematic and dreamlike in its dialogues. I've heard it a thousand times and briefly entered a period of my life when I listened to it repeatedly. Air has other great albums as well, so if you are a newcomer to their sound, I definitely encourage exploration!

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

Me love some air

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

Criss c'est bon! Je me souviens aucunement que ça jouait dans le film, mais cest excellent! Ça m'a donné envie d'écouter plus de Air.

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Sat Nov 19 2022
5

Stand-outs: "Ghost Song," "Empty House," "Dead Bodies"

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Thu Oct 08 2020
4

Like kaada

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Mon Nov 09 2020
4

Beautiful album that pairs well with the movie.

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Sat Nov 28 2020
4

I already know and love this album. I love the opening track, it's this melancholic affair, then it's a dream from there after. Would it be pompous to declare that Air is the OG of this excellent dreamy ~v i b e~ genre that I like so much? There's only one track on this that prevents it from being a 5 star, and that's the last track. For me at least. It probably works better if you're watching the film, but we out here on Spotify my mans. To cap an album off with this distorted spoken word affair after Air has literally made love to your ears for the last 35 minutes; what are you doing?

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Ja was echt chill.beetje pink Floyd live , zou naar meer van hun luisteren

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

I really liked the album. Probably gonna listen to it while painting once.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

I’ve always liked Air, and parts of this album are gorgeous, but I gotta admit, this is like easy-listening music for hipsters. Both Steph and I independently thought parts of it were indebted to Richard Wright-led instrumentals from Pink Floyd. -Kris

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

I liked it a lot.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

First time I really listen to Air, pretty nice, very wavy

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Great album. Kinda hate the last track. The quotes in the distorted voice are too much. Can’t believe I didn’t remember it.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Welcome addition for me.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Muito maneiro, instrumental prog, baixei o filme pra ver

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Makes me want to check out this movie

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

8.2

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

Pretty great album, awesome instrumentals. Makes me wonder what the movies about

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

So good. It really helped concentrate post-lunch. The afternoons are the hardest for me while I work, I definitely hit a slump. I also love that it's the soundtrack for one of my favorite movies.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

Shoutout Josh Hartnett

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Sun May 23 2021
4

This had a great mood and drifted into an instrumental feel of yoshimi and the pink robots. i think i was 100% on board and into it and then the last song hit. though it adds depth/interest, i think all future listens will stop 1 track short.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Very pleasing ambient electronic sounds. Very similar to Board of Canada. Will definitely listen again.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

I really liked this, and it felt like a really familiar space to be in. A little too background to hit a true 5, but damn good nevertheless.

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

Odd, but enjoyed. missing vocals but nice instrumentals if you're in the mood

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

A chill classic. Love this album.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Second Air album discovered thanks to 1001 albums. Lov'em.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Ik heb de film nog nooit gezien, maar het album op zich is veelbelovend. Er heerst een bepaalde *eerie* maar romantische sfeer. En hier en daar een vleugje progrock wordt me wel gesmaakt.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Sterk album dat een mooi geheel vormt. Zeker omdat instrumentele muziek niet mijn ding is. Zou ook goede studeermuziek zijn denk ik.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

Good background driving music

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

At the risk of sounding like an old fart (fine with it) I love me an instrumental soundtrack. Holding on to this one.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Fijne muziek voor bij het werk. <3 de saxofoon in playground lover De gitaar in Cemetery Party doet mij een beetje aan Dear Prudence van The Beatles denken

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

eh i can appreciate this as good chill music, and it's an overall beautiful score, but not something i would seek out to casually listen to.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Wow so true

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Mon May 03 2021
4

Cooles Album, sehr relaxt, playground love einfach genial

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Wed May 19 2021
4

i'd definitely listen to this again. It has that very calm listenable sound Air is known for. I couldn't even tell it was technically a soundtrack other than the couple dialog moments.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Good? I think? Pretty dark at the end there. 3.5 stars?

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Mezcla de Radiohead, cualquier bandita prog indie argentina y un gramo de The Beatles, muy muy muy acorde a lo que suelo escuchar. No se si está en tema con la película porque no la vi, pero voy a asumir que sí.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

My favourite album from the generator so far. Sounds like all the pink Floyd instrumentals in their early/mid period without any guitar. The word hurricane is my favourite track

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Intonations of Pink Floyd and an homage to the days of the contemporary rock score. Echoes of early 70’s with a modern edge. In some moments, a potential Stereolab score is to be found, which alone makes it worthy of repeated listening. Suicide Underground, while perhaps necessary for the theme of the film, is an unfortunate closer for an otherwise thoroughly enjoyable score.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Slow pace, relaxed.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

3,8 Sommige nummer zijn meer om een setting neer te zetten maar de rest is wel enjoyable

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

This is a first listen for me and had a good time. Highlights are the spoken word passages and the drumming on The World Hurricane. I now want to watch the movie.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Me like. Is good. Radiohead vibes? Glad I listened

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Sat Jul 24 2021
4

Hätte nicht gedacht dass ich für Musik dieser Richtung was übrig habe. Ist eine Ausnahme mit Bonus

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Sat Jul 31 2021
4

Great album. All of Air is brilliant

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Sat Aug 07 2021
4

I've probably listened to something from Air before, but I can't say what. There was something familiar from the track "Highschool Lover", but the rest of the album was new to me. No tracks stood out prominantly as something I should come back to individually. The album as a whole was a collection of interesting sounds that I would revisit. The last track, "Suicide Underground" is the one track that I felt like skipping.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

4/5 - Great album

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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

Reminds me of Pink Floyd

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

A richer, more memorable experience than moon safari. 4-4.5.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

its good. a little repetitive but nice to put on background +1 star for being mostly wordless. I wish it were their other albums though.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

good album awesome bass and drums line

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Sun Sep 19 2021
4

What happened, Air? What happened to 'Sexy Boy'? Things got a little dark here. 'Dead bodies'? ,'Suicide Underground'? jeez. If it was a footballer, it'd be Justin Fashanu...

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Хорошо интересно, но маловато для альбома штук

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

The music was very soothing, and I'll definitely check out this movie because of it.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

One of my favourite chill out albums.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

I dug this one. Chill atmospheric synth patches combined with a driving bass. At ~40 minutes, doesn’t overstay it’s welcome

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

Wonderfully darkish on a chilly fall preHalloween Friday. 3.5 to 4 lets see how Monday makes me feel

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Instrumental type band similar to Khruangbin. Would give 3.5 if I could. Songs made it into playlists but won’t listen to album much

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

What a trip

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Wasn't expecting a movie score to get onto this list. I saw this movie in my teen years, I remember some parts and the ending but not the music. As for the album, it opens with a traditional alt-rock song, some synths going, followed up with some instrumental tracks that definitely sound like background music in a movie score, and also very aimed towards angsty teen girls. Lots of the tracks were very familiar, I'm not sure if they've been used in other media, as I shouldn't remember it from the movie. Bit of a trippy, dreamy quality to it, at times reminds me of Pink Floyd but they add in some intense crescendos and spoken word sections that mix it up. Makes me want to go watch the movie again since it's been so long, but it definitely evoked the tone that I remember from it throughout this listen.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

Mooi, sferisch, prachtige soundtrack

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

What a change from the previous album, a horrid piece of country and western. This oozes smooth sounds, but it's a soundtrack not a proper album and suffers from it. Still got some lovely songs.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

bonus star for sax

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

Nice synth work. Easy to work to.

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Sun Dec 26 2021
4

I've never heard of the film but I liked this sound track. Some tracks with clear movie dialogue were a bit annoying but the others were great background music. Will add some of it into the rotation for calm background music.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Nice Compositions

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

First two tracks have me curious about where this going to go. Lots of elements in the sonic landscape that are being pulled in and blended. Dirty Trip has these chords that don't ever feel like home. Sets me on edge and I kind of dig it! And then the tension release on Highschool Lover is just everything! Suicide Underground is just a cool song, even wrapping in a synopsis.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

very chilled. On my favourite list

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

Shit movie but the score is banging.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

Surprisingly enjoyed this

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

I'm not 100% sure why this album is on the list, since it doesn't seem to be considered as even Air's best album, nor was it a particularly significant soundtrack at the time. However, it's a good listen. The production is excellent, there are lots of little sounds that come through well. The somewhat sparse style Air employs works great as a soundtrack, but works well as a standalone album too. 4/5

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

Vraiment chouette! Pas vu le film mais la musique est bonne Cool beats de drums et melotron vibes J' y retournerai sans doute!!

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Quite diverse, simple&effective basslines, managed to create an ambience of its own with unique combinations of sounds. Would listen again.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Fkn great album- classic sounds and progressions. Something to listen to while spacing out. Knew about air before this but not this album.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

Some good tracks on here.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

Thunderous atmospheres with very beautiful mellotron passages. Emotive and grandiose instrumental music.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

Great album that merge a lot of musical genre. Some time, theres a pink floyd vibe, some time Brian Eno feel or even some downtempo from the 90s. Cant wait to watch the movie.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

I never went further than Moon Safari and what a mistake. This album is quite excellent and it makes me want to watch the movie now.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

This shouldn't work as much as it does, but it does. What a trip. Playground love is the obvious highlight, very Air-esque in its sexiness, but all the other songs have that hypnotic patterns that are way more dark and anxious than anything else they've ever done. Great stuff.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Dreamy, melancholic. Great stuff from the French duo

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

good album to just do stuff to

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Sat Mar 26 2022
4

Instrumentalmente muy buena. Relajada y pausada. Un muy buen descubrimiento

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Sat Mar 26 2022
4

Sublime but album feels a bit laboured compared to previous albums.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

"What are you doing here, honey? You're not even old enough to know how bad life gets." "Obviously, Doctor, you've never been a 13 year-old girl". Beautiful haunting romantic solemn curious tragic.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

What a fantastic album. I may have to watch the film again.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Some haunting beautiful mellow music which at times reminded me of Pink Floyd (the general sound of the album is particularly reminiscent of A Saucerful Of Secrets). It's all very film noir, which is appropriate given that it's a soundtrack for a film. In the nicest possible way, this is great background music for a dinner party.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Very cool album, I feel like being a movie soundtrack did detract from some of the songs, they’re very simple, and I feel like air’s best songs benefit from being more complex. great for a movie but listening to it without watching the movie first meant a few of the songs felt repetitive. The songs are tastefully short however so they don’t get boring. I liked clouds up. Cemetery party reminds me a bit of the so-bad-it’s-good wall of voodoo cover of ring of fire. Word of hurricane is probably tied with high school lover for my favourite. I like whatever you call the repeated motif of that melody from playground love but I like it better in high school lover than the opening track. I’d say 4 or 3.5 out of 5. Pleasant, but none of the songs really caught my attention as standouts. Bonus points for making me want to watch the virgin suicides which is a big feat because I don’t like romantic dramas.

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Sun Apr 03 2022
4

Far better than I remember

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

Très bonne OST, j'avais l'impression de vivre le film sans l'avoir vu. Ça donne clairement le goût d'y jeter un oeil maintenant.

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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

Muito bom.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

I enjoyed the second listen to this alot more.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

4.5/5

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

surprisingly enjoyable

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Sat Apr 23 2022
4

Wow, never heard this before but loved it. A keeper.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

I know I saw this movie when it came out and thought it was good. I don't remember much. Maybe need to rewatch. Interesting inclusion in this list. Besides the first one, all the songs are instrumentals. Hence musical score. In the first part of the album, I thought I was listening to the instrumental songs on Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon". Kind of trippy and psychedelic. About midway through, especially in the song "Highschool Lover", you start to also hear a Beatles influence. Everything still stays Trippy. This was an interesting listen and is what I would also classify most of the really good electronic or ambient music. It was definitely not boring. The songs changed pace and it did not feel like you were listening to one long song which some ambient albums are purposely. If you're an ambient or electronic music fan, this album is for you.

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Sat May 07 2022
4

un peu anxiogène par moments mais bon ça va on pardonne

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Sat May 07 2022
4

Go regarder le film mtn

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Sat May 07 2022
4

Seductive

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Tue May 17 2022
4

Sounds like Angelo Badalamenti got into Massive Attack. Sweet

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Tue May 17 2022
4

Fantastic film, great book, decent soundtrack

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

This was on heavy rotation back in the day. I had already heard Premiers Symptômes and loved it. This was a little more pop-oriented but still had a great low-key, relaxing yet slightly haunting feel that kept me listening during work and study sessions. Strangely I never saw the movie and wonder how many listeners of this soundtrack ever did?

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

Unexpectedly good (after not liking Moon Safari as much as I remembered). Might have to see this movie now.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

Listened Before? N (Except during the movie) Well... wow. It's been years since I've seen this movie and I forgot how atmospheric and amazing the music is. Anyone who has seen the movie can feel the setting and story of the movie returning as this record plays on. Suicide Underground has the narration/monologue and it really pulls the whole thing together. Amazing. Added to Library? Y Songs added to Library: Playground Love (of course), Suicide Underground

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Tue Jun 28 2022
4

listen

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

Mesmerizing

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

air e nice, hadde ikkje hørt detta albumet før

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Sun Jul 31 2022
4

An okay album, there is plenty of variety, especially for an electronic album, but 10,000 hz Legend is still my favourite. I don't think I will listen to this again, but at least I want to watch the movie now. 

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

Liked this one a lot

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

I really enjoyed this. It's like Tame Impala. The movie/book was spoiled for me. Thanks a lot.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

I was obsessed with this movie! It’s a pretty good soundtrack.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

It's Air. It's chill and lounge-y as hell. Playground love is the best track due to the vocals, I wish more had them. Still overall a nice time.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Probably my second favorite release of theirs after Premiers Symptomes. Like it when they keep it mostly instrumental. Love the way they balance acoustic and electronic elements.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

Pretty chill but groove with an interesting set of instruments (sax etc.)

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Sun Sep 04 2022
4

I know of Air from the Moon Safari album - cruisey beats and cheesy synth-pop soundscapes. This album is a soundtrack. A bit darker and more moody / edgy. Pretty good. Might need more listens. Stand out tracks: Playground Love, Dirty Trip, Ghost Song

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

Never seen the movie, but I am digging this soundtrack!

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

Made me want to watch the film - really interesting and atmospheric album

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Super cool, really chill album. Probably wouldn't actively listen to this but I like it for having background music while I'm doing other things.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

I loved this album when it came out, and I still love it. A really cohesive, beautiful soundtrack/album.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

As far as I know, I didn’t know Air existed before this album came up. Maybe I had heard their name, or a song, before, but I don’t recall them. This album sets quite the mood. I love the mellow electronic ambiance. I prefer more vocals, but I understand this is a soundtrack that doesn’t lend itself to that. I’m excited to take @Ivey’s advice and explore more of their catalogue. Unfortunately I don’t know if that will happen before 2025 when our 1001 trip is complete.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

J'ai trouvé cet album excellent, c'est donc sans surprise que j'ai découvert la nationalité française des deux protagonistes. Petit point sur l'avancement du projet JBL: les dernieres finitions ont été aposées sur la grille acoustique, l'enceinte devrait être prête pour utilisation dans la semaine. Je vous rapelle, pour ceux qui n'auraient pas suivi, que derrière le projet JBL se cache le projet d'installer une enceinte de 4 mètres par 3 dans les locaux de mon entreprise, et ce juste derrière mon poste de travail.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Vers la fin de l'album, j'ai osé demandé à Air s'ils étaient français. Ces derniers m'ont répondu "Oui, toi aussi ?!" le sourire aux lèvres et nous sommes alors allés boire un café en terrasse.

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Sat Oct 15 2022
4

For no good reason, I lost touch with Air after Moon Safari. I'd never heard this before, I know the book but not the film. It is a really good record, I'm sure I'll return to it, perhaps whilst working. Best songs are the last one and the first, Playground Love.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

This was really interesting. Very spooky and soulful vibe

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Pretty good - similar to anime OSTs in that it's as much a score as it is a typical "soundtrack". Quite enjoyable and it pairs well with the film. Stranger Things, Twin Peaks, and any score by Daft Punk or Vangelis are in the same vein.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

Very much like

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Mycket bra. Flera riktigt bra låtar. Soft och skönt plattan igenom. Möjligtvis att det kan bli lite tradigt i längden. Första och näst sista låten är de bästa.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Probably would be better in the context of the movie but I enjoyed the songs on their own nonetheless

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

This takes me right back to freshman year of college.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

It's Air - it's good.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Playground love, Empty house

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Sun Nov 20 2022
4

Fabulous production. The drum progressions are incredible, haunting storytelling despite being largely instrumental. Awfully tragic, yet still so good, but is still extremely heavy - especially the final track.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

For ambient or chill-out music, this feels pretty darn good, especially since, in my opinion at least, many of the tracks have a long-lasting theme or direction. I wasn't a huge fan of the spoken parts, but thankfully they're limited to just two tracks.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
4

Muy tranquilo.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

Good. Great work background, but definitely not just background

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

Incidental at times... but then again it is a soundtrack. Not the air album I’d put in 1001ATHBYD! Still enjoyed it mind.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

Ok it's kinda soft indie rock, but I'm ok with that right now. Mostly instrumentals? It's like if Radiohead wasn't fucking awful. 3/5.

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Fri Jan 01 2021
3

no lyrics, just love. but there is this educational monologue bit in The Word Hurricane, love that, ayaw ko lang nung ending bc it has the dental thing sound

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

average

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

bit weird but kinda cool. 3*

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