The Virgin Suicides (score)

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The Virgin Suicides
Film score by Air
Released 23 February 2000 (2000-02-23)
Recorded 1999
Genre Downtempo, space rock, neo-psychedelia
Length 40:27
Label Record Makers, Source, Virgin
Producer Air
Air chronology
Moon Safari
(1998)
The Virgin Suicides
(2000)
10 000 Hz Legend
(2001)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
NME 8/10[4]
Pitchfork Media 7.2/10[5]
Rolling Stone favourable[6]
Spin 4/5 stars[7]

The Virgin Suicides is a score by French music duo Air for the film of the same name by Sofia Coppola. The album was released in February 2000. There was a separate soundtrack released, which included music from Heart, Gilbert O'Sullivan and Todd Rundgren. The album was nominated for Best Soundtrack at the 2001 BRIT Awards.[8] The French edition of Rolling Stone magazine named this album the 49th greatest French rock album (out of 100).[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel, except where noted.

  1. "Playground Love" (Gordon Tracks, Godin, Dunckel) – 3:32
  2. "Clouds Up" – 1:30
  3. "Bathroom Girl" – 2:25
  4. "Cemetary Party" – 2:36
  5. "Dark Messages" – 2:28
  6. "The Word 'Hurricane'" – 2:33
  7. "Dirty Trip" – 6:12
  8. "Highschool Lover" (Theme from The Virgin Suicides) – 2:42
  9. "Afternoon Sister" – 2:24
  10. "Ghost Song" – 2:16
  11. "Empty House" – 2:58
  12. "Dead Bodies" – 2:59
  13. "Suicide Underground" – 5:52
Japanese bonus tracks
  1. "Bathroom Girl" (Demo Version) – 4:14
  2. "Playground Love" (Vibraphone Version) – 3:50

Personnel[edit]

  • Air – performance, production, engineering
  • Stéphane "Alf" Briat – mixing
  • Hugo Ferran – saxophone (track 1)
  • Pascal Garnon – drum recording
  • Mike Mills – cover drawing
  • Brian Reitzell – drums (tracks 3, 6, 7, 12, 13)
  • Gordon Tracks – vocals, drums (track 1)

Gordon Tracks is a pseudonym of Phoenix lead singer Thomas Mars.[10]

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
Japan 23 February 2000 Toshiba-EMI
France 25 February 2000 Record Makers, Source, Virgin Records
United Kingdom 28 February 2000 Source, Virgin Records
United States 29 February 2000 Astralwerks

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Original Motion Picture Score for The Virgin Suicides – Air". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Bush, John. "The Virgin Suicides [Original Soundtrack] – Air". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Browne, David (25 February 2000). "The Original Motion Picture Score for the Virgin Suicides". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Virgin Suicides Soundtrack". NME. IPC Media. 24 February 2000. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Schreiber, Ryan (29 February 2000). "Air: The Virgin Suicides". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Hunter, James (16 March 2000). "The Virgin Suicides [Original Soundtrack] : Air". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on 2 October 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Critic Reviews for Original Motion Picture Score for The Virgin Suicides". Spin. March 2000. It's synthesized, as expected, but not in a new wave way. Organs breathe a heavy, gloomy sigh through 13 tracks... It's beautiful and I'm sold. 
  8. ^ "Brits 2001: The winners". BBC News Online. 26 February 2001. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  9. ^ Magazine Rolling Stone, n°18 of February 2010, ISSN 1764-107L
  10. ^ Marshall, Gabby (31 October 2011). "Live and Otherwise: Acoustic Renditions". State Press. Arizona State University Student Media. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Soundtrack / Air – The Virgin Suicides" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Soundtrack / Air – The Virgin Suicides" (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Soundtrack / Air – The Virgin Suicides" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Air, The Virgin Suicides" (in German). Media Control. charts.de. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Top 75 Artist Album, Week Ending 2 March 2000". Irish Recorded Music Association. Chart-Track. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Soundtrack / Air – The Virgin Suicides". Media Control. Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Air – The Virgin Suicides OST". Official Charts Company. Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  18. ^ a b "The Virgin Suicides [Original Soundtrack] – Air – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "Certifications Albums Or – année 2002" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 10 July 2002. Retrieved 26 February 2012.