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Aimee Mann - The Ultimate Collection

See A.C. Newman; albeit, there is less construction here, more literalism, more reasonable allusions to literary characters and modern cinema, and (thankfully) a more easy going, melodic vibe that is pleasant to the ears.

9,876 stars out of 13,675 stars.http://www.aimeemann.com/http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Collection-Aimee-Mann/dp/B00004XR58Fig_Jam.htmlshapeimage_4_link_0shapeimage_4_link_1shapeimage_4_link_2
Air - The Virgin Suicides: Original Motion Picture Score

Songs from movie scores are often dependent on the scenes to which they are intrinsically linked. Lalo Schifrin’s Cool Hand Luke “Main Title” guitar figure instantly calls to mind Lucas Jackson at his most debased, whether drunkenly cutting off the heads of parking meters or getting the shit kicked out of him by Dragline. Vangelis’s electro-organ chords never fail to inspire remembrances of Deckard’s ship pulling into the headquarters/temple of the Tyrell Corporation, and one will always recall Chief smothering McMurphy with a pillow when Jack Nietzche’s musical saw is accompanied by those tribal drums.

Air’s Virgin Suicides score is a potent evocation of the film that inspired it. Not specific scenes, per se, but the dreamy, heart-broken, doomed atmosphere that Sophia Coppola so expertly expresses. I’m not sure how firmly the record would stand independent of the movie, but it doesn’t have to. This is an artistic marriage that holds up, even after twelve-plus years. 

One disappointment: the second soundtrack album, comprised mostly of Seventies MOR hits played throughout the movie, lists Air’s “Ce Matin La,” a notable absence on this record.

4 out of 5 stars.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_(French_band)http://www.amazon.com/The-Virgin-Suicides-Original-Picture/dp/B00004KD51http://www.amazon.com/Cool-Hand-Original-Soundtrack-Recording/dp/B00005B55Hhttp://www.amazon.com/Cool-Hand-Original-Soundtrack-Recording/dp/B00005B55Hhttp://www.amazon.com/Blade-Runner-Trilogy-25th-Anniversary/dp/B000Z0OX9Ohttp://www.amazon.com/One-Flew-Over-Cuckoos-Nest/dp/B000000XD0http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sofia_Coppolahttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0159097/soundtrackshapeimage_5_link_0shapeimage_5_link_1shapeimage_5_link_2shapeimage_5_link_3shapeimage_5_link_4shapeimage_5_link_5shapeimage_5_link_6shapeimage_5_link_7
Akron/Family - Angels of Light & Akron/Family

The sum of the Grateful Dead with post-modern awareness. The blending of unpretty voices into a sound almost transcendent. Some hard edges, but for the most part interesting, unconventional melodies with an awareness of the traditional, a la the Dead just before their total immersion in the country folk/rock blues of Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty.

17,432 out of 45,364 stars.http://akronfamily.com/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akron/Family_%26_Angels_of_Lighthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workingman's_Deadhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Beauty_(album)shapeimage_6_link_0shapeimage_6_link_1shapeimage_6_link_2shapeimage_6_link_3
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