Virgin Suicides: Music From the Motion Picture [Emperor Norton]

The Virgin Suicides: Music From the Motion Picture [Emperor Norton]

     
 

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Air's rich, atmospheric Virgin Suicides soundtrack does a great job at capturing the film's '70s suburban claustrophobia in an intellectual, abstract way, but this disc is the real deal: ten flashback-inducing tracks that will take you right back to the days of Gerry Ford, velour, and power-pop. Each

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Air's rich, atmospheric Virgin Suicides soundtrack does a great job at capturing the film's '70s suburban claustrophobia in an intellectual, abstract way, but this disc is the real deal: ten flashback-inducing tracks that will take you right back to the days of Gerry Ford, velour, and power-pop. Each carefully chosen song evokes the film's early-to-mid-'70s setting; you can imagine any of them turning up on a 45 found in a high school time capsule from the class of 1976. Nothing says pent-up estrogen like Heart, who are represented by the stellar singles "Magic Man" and "Crazy on You," both from their 1975 debut album Dreamboat Annie. Power-pop king Todd Rundgren contributes his sentimental hit "Hello, It's Me" and an earnest gem from his Wizard years, "A Dream Goes on Forever." Other highlights include Al Green's fine falsetto on "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?" and the alien abduction epic "Come Sail Away" from the kings of cheesy art-rock, Styx. Throw in a couple of Air's movie-specific tracks and a bopping "Everything You've Done Wrong" from hip '90s Canadian band Sloan and you've got a treasure trove of guilty musical pleasures.

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All Music Guide - Gina Boldman
Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides was based on Jeffrey Eugenides' novel of the five repressed, beautiful Lisbon sisters and the neighborhood boys who were mesmerized by them -- especially after the youngest sister, Cecelia, takes her own life. The film takes place in Michigan in the 1970s but is retold by the neighborhood boys as adults. The soundtrack replays the myriad emotions of adolescence and those of the Lisbon girls in particular. Tracks like Heart's "Magic Man" and "Crazy on You" reflect feminine sexuality in the mid-'70s, while 10cc's "I'm Not in Love" has an eerie, sedated feel. Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)" has a quaint, cheerful vibe despite its sadness; the Hollies' "The Air That I Breathe" and Sloan's "Everything You've Done Wrong" are sweet, pure proclamations; and Air's spacy "Playground Love (Vibraphone Version)" and "Ce Matin La" mirror the film's haunting, serene delicacy.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2004
Label:
Emperor Norton
UPC:
0014431702921
catalogNumber:
317029
Rank:
38332

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