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Recordings you may have missed but need to hear

Air

Virgin Suicides (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Released February 2000

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Virgin Suicides, the motion picture soundtrack to the Sofia Copola film by the French duo Air, is one of those recordings that can transport you to a magical place. The record is truly the soundtrack for the film as both film and album possess a dream world mystique woven through bizarre story lines and peppered with moog and synthesizers that envelop the spectator and cause the listener to pause and ponder. The sound and film are a perfect marriage and almost pose the question of which came first. Tracks like "Bathroom Girl." "Playground Love" and "Suicide Underground" are similar in that they gaze at the world through a Prozac-laced lens and prod along in a loping fashion that seem to crawl in slow circles. However, it's the subtle differences in each track that make this record worth a careful and close listen. It's been almost a decade since Air's masterpiece hit the shelves, but it's not too late for you to jump on board and realize what you've been missing.


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