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Virgin Suicides

Air

2000

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Virgin Suicides

Rating

3.26

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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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"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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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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5

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

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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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5

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

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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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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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malo

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aucun intéret du mauvais pink floyd

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

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5

Jazz Noir

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I like it, Air is a great band

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5

MY BOIS

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Airy Sax Enjoyed

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5

loved it. awesome album

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Ambient and wonderful!

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5

Great cover design, very nice vibe!

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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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5

familiar sound of the early 00s - perfect soundtrack music

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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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5

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

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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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5

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

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

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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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5

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

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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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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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Crazy TRIPPY album!

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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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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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5

Air meets Pink Floyd

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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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4.5

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5

an ambiance

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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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5

Very intense feels like a film watching

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5

Simply great!

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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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Like kaada

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Beautiful album that pairs well with the movie.

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

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

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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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I liked it a lot.

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

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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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Welcome addition for me.

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Muito maneiro, instrumental prog, baixei o filme pra ver

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Makes me want to check out this movie

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8.2

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

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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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Shoutout Josh Hartnett

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4

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

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

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

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A chill classic. Love this album.

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

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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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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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Good background driving music

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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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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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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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Wow so true

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Cooles Album, sehr relaxt, playground love einfach genial

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

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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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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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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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Slow pace, relaxed.

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

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

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

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Great album. All of Air is brilliant

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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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4/5 - Great album

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Reminds me of Pink Floyd

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

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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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good album awesome bass and drums line

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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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Хорошо интересно, но маловато для альбома штук

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

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4

One of my favourite chill out albums.

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

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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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What a trip

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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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4

Mooi, sferisch, prachtige soundtrack

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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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4

bonus star for sax

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4

Nice synth work. Easy to work to.

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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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Nice Compositions

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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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very chilled. On my favourite list

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Shit movie but the score is banging.

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Surprisingly enjoyed this

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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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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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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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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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4

Some good tracks on here.

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4

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

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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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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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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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4

Dreamy, melancholic. Great stuff from the French duo

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4

good album to just do stuff to

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

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4

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

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"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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4

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

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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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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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4

Far better than I remember

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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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4

Muito bom.

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I enjoyed the second listen to this alot more.

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4.5/5

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4

surprisingly enjoyable

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4

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

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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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un peu anxiogène par moments mais bon ça va on pardonne

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4

Go regarder le film mtn

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Seductive

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Sounds like Angelo Badalamenti got into Massive Attack. Sweet

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4

Fantastic film, great book, decent soundtrack

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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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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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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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3

average

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bit weird but kinda cool. 3*

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Ambient elektronisk film score. Første nummer med vokal er godt. De andre er ok, men megrt filmiske i udtrykket, med nogle gode instrumenteringer. Nok bedre hvis man har set filmen 3.5 stjerne

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3

Nice album, just some of the songs lacked a bit of variance.

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3

It was an interesting narrative. Made me want to look into the movie (which I haven't watched). Good background music for working along to and such. Nothing too exciting, in my opinion.

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3

Never that fussed about Air. Pleasant enough background music.

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3

It was okay...why did they try to sound like Pink Floyd?

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3

I like the atmosphere. I can see why it's a movie soundtrack. Not something I would listen to specifically though.

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3

not bad, good music to listen to when working

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3

bom pra estudar

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3

okay for being fairly chill

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Ist...okay, aber kein Bringer. Ich finde kaum Gründe, diese Platte noch mal zu hören.

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Trippy

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Decent mostly instrumental movie soundtrack. Not as great as Interstellar or LotR, but acceptable.

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3

Well made, but often very slow (not in a good way) and somewhat repetitive.

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3

Het album heeft een goede sfeer maar het instrumentarium en tempo spreekt mij niet aan.

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3

Good atmospheric music to put on the background if doing other things

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Belle atmosfere, l'album é molto di accompagnamento, ed essendo una colonna sonora é comprensibile. Trasmette un senso di sospensione, di allontanamento dalla musica stessa.

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3

uhhh.....lush sounding but not overwhelming....gets better as it progresses. Like the psychedelic flourishes in the Word Hurricane.

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3

i like air but this movie is overrated and the album seems silly as a standalone listen. the last track is straight-up bad

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it is, and sounds like a movie soundtrack so good job i guess

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Bueno para escucharlo mientras se hacen otras cosas, fue entretenido

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Album solido, ottimo per accompagnare una qualunque attività.

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First time there has been a movie soundtrack on here, interesting. End result seems to be more instrumental-only tracks. They all seem to have a unifying musical theme and are "unobtrusive", though it's hard to put into words. I think I might have guessed this was a soundtrack as a result. Overall very pleasant background listening music.

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I like this one a bit. It's mostly instrumental atmospheric stuff, with some vocals here and there. The song "Dead Bodies" has some great drums. Still not a "must add to my library" album, though.

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Bien

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pfffffff

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Not as good as their soundtrack to Lost in Translation

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This starts out great with Playground Love, it imbues such a languid chill-out mood, but then it kinda drifts off into a pretty typical movie score. The soundtrack to this movie is actually much better with classics by 10CC, Todd Rundgren, Al Green, and Sloan. Lovely film too.

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It's weird and enjoyable, but Air certainly has better albums.

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Depressing, but good work focus music

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nice vibes, mostly instrumentals

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This is nice. Compared to their other albums I'm familiar with, it's more subdued and background-y (like a movie soundtrack). Though I can play Dead Bodies over and over again!

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The proper songs are neat, but there are obvious songs used for scene-setting in the film that don't necessarily translate to a great standalone listening experience, and it ends up feeling like Lidl Pink Floyd. Still overall enjoyable, 3/5

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Lukioaikoina pari kaveria fiilistelivät Airia, mutta itse en sen hienoutta tuolloin ymmärtänyt, enkä vieläkään ymmärrä. Leppoisaa mollikasta taustamusaa tämä on. Konseptina tietty tällainen yhden bändin soundtrack-albumi on jännä, mutta siinä sarjassa esim Yann Tiersenin Amelie-soundtrack on ihan omaa luokkaansa. Ja ehkä Belle & Sebastianin Storytelling-levykin keulii tästä etupyörän mitalla ohi. Sofia Coppola- ja nuoruusmuistoilla kuitenkin kolmonen.

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This was kind of an unexpected surprise. I really enjoyed the variations on a theme throughout the album. The subtle changes to those thematic elements gave them each a unique mood that I'm sure tied to the relative scene in the movie. Good stuff.

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Interesting. I enjoyed the music. ***

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Je ne m’attendais pas à cette proposition là. Je vais être généreux avec un 3 étoiles. C’est bon mais jamais j’écouterais ça dans mon auto.

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Just OK.

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Aluksin olin laiskuuttani antamassa ykköstä. Mutta sitten kuuntelin vielä pariin kertaan ja asettauduin soundtrack-/leffascore-maailmaan. Tämä on itseasiassa yllättävän hyvä levy. Pitäisiköhän sitä oikein leffakin katsoa.

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I listened to it. I just don’t remember it.

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Good background music, nothing more.

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Mooi, zweverig; veel zeer gelijkaardige nummers (wat niet geheel onverwacht is bij filmmuziek natuurlijk). Afternoon sisters blijft favoriet, maar ik miste het tikkeltje extra in de rest van het album om een hogere algemene score te kunnen geven.

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Very backgroundy, which makes sense as its a soundtrack. I definitely liked it, didn't love it. Kind of makes me want to see the movie

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Weird, but in a good way

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Odd album, an interesting listen, but difficult to place on a scale, as the songs vary as much as they do. 3/5?

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Glad this project introduced me to this band and this soundtrack (I read up on the film for which it was scored, which I had not heard of before, too). I like some of the work on this album, which is outside the norm of what I typically enjoy.

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6.5/10

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Electronic, synth pop. Mellow and chill with a few songs that build up rather nicely. Mostly instrumental but some great vocals as well. Great Sunday afternoon music. 2.5/5

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it was pretty good! I like air's other albums more, though.

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Never listened to this before despite liking air... love playground love and otherwise it’s just a nice instrumental reminder of their best stuff.

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Toffe listen voor achtergrond

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Bluh

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Playground Love is goodski. Hearing the story in Suicide Underground was cool.

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This was a good album. Very chill and relaxed. It would make for nice dinner music, as a matter of fact of added It to my dinner party mix. A solid 3.5 🌟

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This is a soundtrack album, pretty interesting. Took me on a journey having it in the background with a quite intense finale song, narrating the story from the film

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Wish I could give this a 3.5.

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Als Soundtrack sicher schön

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A nice change

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The album is driving saucier instrumentations through the speakers. Some very good tunes, a little slow in some places

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Oh suicidal virgins, my favourites. I once groomed this teenager online and when I finally persuaded them to meet me, they saw I was a washed up former footballer and ran away. They later shot themselves on Facebook live. What a thrill.

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passed me by this one. soundtrack albums are often lacking without the imagery that goes with it. you can tell its conjuring up an atmosphere or a feeling but without the images its a bit lost.

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Nice soundtrack. 3.5/5.

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The only way this should be ahead of Moon Safari is because it marks itself out by being a film soundtrack. Still having said that, I do love Air. Remember seeing them at Brixton Academy back in the day and it being a great live experience too

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Interesting listen. Good album, not great for running. 😃

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Not usually hot on film scores but this is different, the lyrical Jazz of "Playground Love" starts this off wonderfully. Interesting to note that it is rumored that Thomas Mars lead singer with Phoenix is lead vocalist "Gordon Tracks" on Playground Love, which makes sense as he later married Sophie Coppola! Some ambient tunes so I wasn't overawed but I found it entertaining. "Suicide Underground" and "Playground Love" the standout tracks for me.

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Air doing their Air thing! Fav new track: Suicide Underground

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Not the album that Air should be remembered for (I'd argue there are 3 far better ones). I guess the core difference lies with this one being a movie soundtrack rather than an independent piece of music, but regardless: this is a rather peculiar choice for this list.

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Achieves the goal, reaches the feelings. Cheesy at times, peak 2000s synth ballads. Somewhat repetitive but that's to be expected with a score

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Atmospheric, moody, beautiful and almost wistful. Pace changes and themes keep it interesting. A soundtrack that works well as a standalone LP. Play in background at party to subtly raise guest paranoia.

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Instrumental, movie soundtrack

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vibey to the point of anxiety hahah. maybe i should give it another listen when i'm more relaxed

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Establishes a hypnotic quality which I dare say would be amplified if I knew the movie. I might check it out.

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Du bon electro franchement. Un pu eclate par moment . 4.95

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I enjoyed this, but it didn't really flip my switch. I have a feeling it's the kind of thing that might be more suited to a specific mood and for me it ended up being more background music as I listened to it.

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I was hoping for Moon Safari, but you can't go wrong with Air. All the tracks sound good, establishing Air as the forefront of downtempo. Being a soundtrack is definitely holding me back, most of the tracks don't end up going anywhere and feel kinda incomplete. Even crazier tracks like "The Word Hurricane" felt like there was supposed to be more. The soundtrack certainly evokes a range of emotions that I wish I could see the film for more context. If I'm not crazy, I'm noticing some themes being repeated, but it's a tad bit hard to tell. But despite that, the premises interest me as long as I'm paying attention, with my favorite songs being where the drumming comes in.

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Pretty solid, lots to like here but not much really stood out to me. Might come back to listen again but it wouldn't be my first choice to pick at random and play. 3.5/5

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Great air album - prefer moon safari though

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It's OK. It has made me want to watch the film at least!

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Enjoyed some tracks a lot but not sure if listen through the whole album again

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As I feel about most ambient music, it was fine but mostly felt like background muzak. Some songs were more interesting than others. 3 stars.

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Eclectic collection of melancholy instrumental tracks that served as the soundtrack for the movie of the same name. Flows nicely, but it's nothing I would listen to more than a few times. 3/5

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Nice and chilled. I wouldn't have been interested in this a few years ago but my tastes are apparently changing! The spoken word track was a bit distracting though

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Air deserve to be on this list, but a film score is an odd choice, no? I mean, I can see why they'd be chosen to score a film... Their dreamy/creepy atmospherics sure do sound like they could be in a film... But I haven't seen The Virgin Suicides so I can't know for sure how well these tunes work in that setting. In album form they're kinda interesting but don't seem like a must-hear. I'll give it a middling 2.5/3, BUT my interest has been piqued to go and watch the film ASAP. Once I've done that I reserve the right to adjust my score accordingly...

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Just chillin

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Buen disco

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kinda sadge

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Dark messages has a sound bath type vibe to it. Whole album feels like a soundtrack or score to a movie (JUST REALIZED THEY ACTUALLY DID THE VIRGIN SUICIDES SCORE DUH). Playground Love is the only familiar one to me, but I like that track. The album gets more haunting as it progresses. Empty house is a track I want to listen to when I'm reading a spooky story.

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Great ambient background music.

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Trilha sonora linda, é exatamente o que eu precisava hoje, principalmente no dia de São Valentim haha

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Pretty good, makes me want to watch the movie!

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“The Virgin Suicides” arrived in 1999 as Air’s accompaniment to the deeply troubling film of the same name by Sofia Coppola (I read the plot summary on Wikipedia so you don’t have to). In my review of the sublime “Moon Safari”, I praised Air as the direction Pink Floyd could have taken their sound in the 90’s. If “Moon Safari” was Air’s “Meddle” in its style and serenity, this is perhaps their “More” or “Obscured by Clouds”: a mostly instrumental set somewhat diminished by nature of serving as a soundtrack, but a very listenable run of tracks nonetheless. The music itself is mellow, haunting and sometimes beautiful. Straight away in “Playground Love”, we get a wistful, entrancing vocal melody (sadly the only one here) that snakes its way round a complex chord progression. The rest of the tracks follow suit: all gentle and lilting with a heavy reliance on analogue synthesisers, and a few choice aggressive movements that stick out like sore thumbs: the astonishing climax of “The Word Hurricane”, or the frantic, one-note, piano-drum combo in “Dead Bodies”. As it all unfolds, there’s a palpable influence of more than Floyd here: the album’s sound seems indebted to concept pieces and prog bands of the 70’s. “Afternoon Sister” sounds like something straight out of Camel’s “The Snow Goose”, while there’s King Crimson-esque Mellotron galore right from the opening seconds of “Playground Love”. Other hallmarks include rich, sustained lead guitar, and simplistic interplay between the bass and drums recalling… actually, Pink Floyd again. Similarly, much like any other soundtrack or concept album, themes are revisited and revised. “Playground Love” is given a sparse piano-led reworking in “Highschool Lover”… the funereal organ refrain introduced in “Bathroom Girl” shows up again in “Cemetary Party”* and “Afternoon Sister”… “Ghost Song” is the eerie younger sibling of “Dirty Trip”‘s freewheeling jam. It gives a nice cohesive feel, though it’s a shame most of the tracks here are under three minutes (also perhaps a result of their purpose as a soundtrack). While this helps keep the pace moving, it also doesn’t allow many of them to settle in or develop past a single motif (“Dark Messages” and “Ghost Song” don’t really feel like they get going). When the longer jams come along (“Dirty Trip” and “Suicide Underground”, with its cringey low-pitched monologue launching into another sentence every time you think it’s over) it feels satisfying to have more breathing room to allow the spacious instrumentals to truly expand. On the whole, the album is an accomplished effort and dreamy half hour of music, if not as accomplished or diverse as Air’s other work. *Interesting note of trivia: this is the second album I’ve had of 125 to misspell “Cemetery” in the track listing (after “The Queen Is Dead”- both done in different ways). GET IT TOGETHER GUYS!

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A nice relaxing jaunt.

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Je n’ai pas vu le film, mais j’aime bien la musique du groupe. Le style atmosphérique du duo a influencé plein d’artistes au début des années 2000. Cet album est bien, mais on sent que c’est un soundtrack et c’est moins ma tasse de thé en album.

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Weirdly, I've seen this movie before. I was young, had access to Netflix (the movie-mail version), and heard this movie was good? I remember nothing about it, aside from... just about everything going over my head. I do remember finding out about it through Air doing the soundtrack, which was a band I did (not) listen to at the time. So... yeah, I was a weird kid. This record is nice, but I think the problem is that it's supposed to compliment scenes in films. While it's good, it's background music. It's very Pink Floyd in their "Dark Side of the Moon" era-influenced. Favorite track: "The Word Hurricane"

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Always enjoyed this one

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-ok

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Solid score and soundtrack to a great film. Love the atmosphere of this one!

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I didn't expect to enjoy this album, based on the subject matter (I haven't seen the movie but did read a synopsis), but I kind of did. Very atmospheric and the kind of music that, other than a few pieces of film narration, would be good background for working or leisure, depending on the activity. I don't know if I could enjoy it the same way if I had seen the movie, because it's a triggering subject for me, and the plot was still occasionally distracting as I listened because I had read about it, but as it was I found it an enjoyable and almost relaxing listen.

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Enjoyable background music

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Upon seeing the album art, somehow I thought it was going to be a sort of alternative rock album. I was pleasantly surprised when the first song almost made it feel like I was floating. They carry an interesting melancholy/ominous feeling, and while I've never seen the movie, the music seems to match the subject matter quite well. I liked the combination of guitar and light synths that carry most of the album. My favourite tracks were playground love, the word hurricane and highschool lover. Definitely a unique soundtrack that makes me more interested in checking out the film, despite my general lack of enjoyment for virgins suiciding. 7/10

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Background for sure-

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Was ok. Some of the songs had a good groove. Might have helped to have seen the movie.

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didn't make me suicidal but didn't make me too happy about living either.

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I need to find another word than “fine” for albums that are just “fine.” Obvious Beatles influences (and a few more rip-offs, than homages) and overall is not completely unenjoyable. But there’s nothing that’s going to bring me back to it, either, and I’m not sure why it’s on the list.

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It was nice to have on as background noise. Nothing really notable about it, but Dead Bodies. If the rest of the album had that energy, it would require another listen.

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Gairebé tot instrumental, servint de banda sonora a la primer film, impactant i recomenable, de Sophia Coppola. En el seu onirisme i en les sebves atmòsferes agafa vida pròpia, i va ser justament valorat al seu moment per revistes de pop i rock, tot i ser un producte eminentment electrònic

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Kinda cool, bit different, not super memorable

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It's fine for background music. I find it strange to have this on a "must-hear" list. "Empty House" is a great track, though.

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Not much to say, this was a very enjoyable soundtrack. Favourites: "Playground Love", "Dirty Trip", "Highschool Lover"

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Merely scratch the surface of their postmodern technique of layering kitschy and retro sounds. Again a repeat of Pink Floyd-ish instrumental tracks. (6/10) FT: Ghost Song, Playground Love, Highschool Lover

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Not for me

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definitely sets a tone and mood, never saw the film, nice ambiance but don't really see the hype without connection to the film

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Soundtrack, instrumentalt, roligt, følelsesladet

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Not for me.

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instrumental background noise

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Airin muita levyjä tuli fanitettua joskus nuoruudessa. Tähän levyyn jäi tutustumatta, kenties koska en ottanut leffan soundtrackia vakavasti heidän ”omiin” levyihin verrattuna. Taso jääkin kauas esim Moon Safarista tai 10000hz Legendista. Ehkä vaatisi elokuvan mukaan katsottavaksi jotta tunnelmaa osaisi enemmän arvostaa.

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Clouds Up is my jam. Otherwise ethereal.

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Just a less good Daft Punk. Too mellow for me.

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Great Movie...Meh Soundtrack. I Liked the voiced interludes that painted scenes of the movies but other than that I found it mostly mediocre and boring

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Reap

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It was fine. Didn't really grab me.

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I mean it was fine. I didn’t dislike it. It just doesn’t bring anything that stands out and doesn’t have replay value.

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Eh

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Hard to listen on a Friday end of the sprint... Low energy...

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Couldn’t listen to the full album because ours more on YouTube music

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Bored, good as ambient music in a waiting room.

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C’est pas mauvais, je trouvais juste que ça ressemble pas à de la musique que tu écoutes dans aucune circonstance!!! Par Contre instrumentalement c’est bon. Je l’évite, les arrangements sont gossant les voix pas rapports Je lévite le drum et les deux premières tounes

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Instrumental, nope

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De una banda sonora, nada del otro mundo

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Maybe one song held up on it's own but as a whole it was so dark and the last song really spooked me/got to my bad feelings :( Maybe goes well with the movie, but wouldn't keep it on the list. 2 stars because production was p good but boring

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Did not really like it. It was mellow

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Antoi ymmärtää vähän enemmän kuin mitä lopulta ymmärsi antaa. Osin mielenkiintoinen, mutta liian suurilta osin heikko semi.

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Ei oikein innostanut, eikä auennut mulle. Tylsää ja välillä jopa suorastaan masentavaa musiikkia.

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This album is like being stuck on a french exchange trip where the host school puts on a drama show and you're sat cross legged wishing you were on the coach home

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Eipä ole ennen tullut kuunneltua. Jotenkin hämmentävä levy, en päässyt kärryille. Jotain kiinnostavaa tässä kuitenkin on, että voisi antaa toisen mahdollisuuden.

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Why this album and not Moon Safari??

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Not a huge fan.

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Quite enjoyed the first track but a lot of the album felt quite flat.

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Overrated soundtrack for an overrated movie. BT: Playground Love, Highschool Lover, Dead Bodies

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tell me why i don’t hate this. however songs like word hurricane are a lil much, but this kinda gives me main character vibes lol. also it reminds me of the twin peaks sound track which is off a plus. however she do be trying a lil too hard for me. i fell asleep listening to this

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Meh.

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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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Meh. Psychedelic soundtrack.

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rustig, leuke listen. denk dat ik de film eens op school gezien heb. snel opnieuw luisteren ga ik wel niet doen

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It’s a soundtrack of background music

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There's really nothing here. I assume it worked as a soundtrack but not interested as a stand alone album.

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It wasn’t anything special. Soundtrack album that was mostly instrumentals. The sound was quite interesting and ominous and one song reminded me of a tame impala voice over. But it still wasn’t that great. 3.8/10

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Slow, lush, and ponderous. Didn't grab me.

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What an out of the blue recommendation. It was ok I guess, relaxed, but nothing special. I imagine some of the significance has to do with the movie? The last song with the voiceover is pretty dope and has inspired me to give the book a read.

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Getting better with more listens but not exactly what I’m looking for

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Not for me

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About as boring as the movie.

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Never seen movie, so that might not help, but pretty boring instrumental soundtrack. Good for film maybe, but boring for listening to on its own.

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I like this movie, but the soundtrack did not make me feel any kind of way.

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I haven’t seen the movie so idk the context but it kinda sounds depressing or like something bad is gonna happen. But I would I probably feel it more if I knew the story

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Good instrumental songs, the first song in the album is truly good, the rest is listenable, but very tedious.

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Good atmospheric album, never seen or heard of the film, if I had I might have enjoyed it more.

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This music belongs on the Gran Turismo franchise it’s got that chill vibe about it, with Sax and other instruments added throughout. I can just imagine finishing a race on GT4 and hearing one of these tracks as I return to the Main Menu. Would maybe listen to Highschool Lover, but that’s probs about it.

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Boring

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01/05/2022

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It was better than most electronic albums I've heard. But that isn't saying much.

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remember liking this when it came out but its pretty poor for air. 2

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An OST. Pretty Meh.

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The rhythm of the guitar riff on Clouds Up is the same as the chorus of 50 Cent's In da Club. Once you realize that, this album is 50% more fun. Best track: Highschool Lover

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Favourite: playground love,dead bodies

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It wasn't that this album was terrible it was the fact it wasn't moon safari or anywhere near.

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This is a soundtrack album by the electronic music duo Air for the 1999 film The Virgin Suicides. The album does a great job of capturing the "soundtrack" of youth. The music is nostalgic, but eerie as well as relaxing; an ever-present reminder that time flows on and what is a problem now will not last forever. Interestingly, the album was produced quickly and Air initially wanted the music to seamlessly match the scenes in the film, but in the end they decided they wanted songs that could be listened on their own. I enjoyed the chill atmospheric music present on this album. This album has peaked my interest in searching for similar types of music, as well as got me curious about the movie. We need more custom soundtracks created for movies going forward!

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Meh, not bad

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There wasn't much to grasp onto in all of these tracks. It wasn't bad, just not memorable.

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As far as movie soundtracks go, it’s no Hans Zimmer.

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This was a weird one that I don't need to hear again. I wonder if see the movie would have changed my opinion but as a standalone album I didn't think it was very good.

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You can tell it makes a great soundtrack, but a tad dull for just listening to. Good music though!

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Very strange album. Good background music with some cool drum fills in there. Altogether not a bad album but it is forgettable. Probably won’t listen to again.

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Meh 2

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I like Air, but this is no Moon Safari. Atmospheric go to sleep music. Maybe good as a movie soundtrack but not as a stand alone record.

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I made it all the way though!! I guess it works as a soundtrack and decent background music but it general its a bit boring. There other work is more interesting.

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With the exception of the 'Histoire de Melody Neslon' homage, Playground Love, this is just a good(ish) soundtrack to a passable film - one that people attribute more depth to because, suicide I guess, and the Coppola last name. There's some nice proggy stuff in there, and some lovely synths, but ultimately it's a film soundtrack that has been stripped from the accompanying images. Not especially exciting that way - sometimes they can be, this isn't one of those times.

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As a soundtrack, it's very good. As something to sit down and listen, it's better as background noise. Worth a listen, once. Didn't add.

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Kuuntelin ehkä väärällä heetkellä ku ei ookein kolissut tyylikkyydestä huolimatta

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Melkosia levyjä päätynyt listoille

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meh.

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Just couldn't get into it at all

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nope

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It was the soundtrack to a film I’ve never heard of.

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Um, wtf. That was horrible. If I didn't already hate Sofia Coppola films, I would now. How is that in the 1,001 albums to listen to, unless music is really bad. What is happening in the world?!

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I was totally blown away.

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Terrible

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Novità assoluta, soprattutto il duo che ha fatto questo album. Finito di sentire, mi era rimasto in mente solo il primo pezzo, Playground Love, mentre il resto l'ho sentito senza problemi, ma non è niente di che. Mi sembrava veramente troppo una colonna sonora, e infatti, controllando su wikipedia, scopro che è l'album della colonna sonora di un film di Sofia Coppola. Molto probabilmente lo apprezzerei meglio se vedessi suddetto film, ma per ora devo dire voto basso.

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Beyond boring

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I like Air, Moon Safari was great but this album felt like one low note being played for an entire hour.

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Very emo - not my thing

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Snooze

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If I died and hadn’t listened to this album I’d be perfectly fine with that. Boring

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Plate. Un bon score de film ne fait pas automatiquement un bon album. Ça sonne comme une mauvaise copie de Pink Floyd par bout. Le drummer est complètement inintéressant, il ne cesse de faire le même foutu fill en doubles croches. Ça devient agaçant après la 12 fois. Puisqu’il est la moitié du band, il faudrait que le clavier soit vraiment hot pour compenser. Il y a tout de même quelques ambiances cool. JÈétait content d’entendre du mellotron.

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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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Leuk albummeke

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