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Coraline (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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Album Review

Composed by Frenchman Bruno Coulais, the soundtrack to Coraline is a unique and atmospheric accompaniment to the Oscar-nominated stop-motion animation based on Neil Gaiman's novel. Featuring 32 pieces of classical music and brief vocal contributions from actress Teri Hatcher ("Dreaming," "Mechanical Lullaby"), it also includes the Children's Choir of Nice, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, and musicians Hélène Breschand and Christophe Grindel, alongside a new 28-second track by U.S. alternative rock duo They Might Be Giants ("Other Father Song"). ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

A refreshing change from the usual over-orchestrated sountracks

At last, here's a soundtrack for an animated film that is not bombastic and over-the-top. There are moments of subtlety and beauty and wonderful textures, which complimented the film's magic. I hope we hear more from this talented composer.

As Odd and Charming as the Girl Herself

I loved this album. Bruno Coulais' unique instrumentals have both this natural and organic, and yet otherworldly quality. His use of strange instruments alongside the conventional orchestra, and choirs singing in what aren't quite words but aren't necessarily just sounds, show a unique musical strangeness and enchantment. The emotions of the album are also very subtle yet apparent, from the rousingly magical opener of "Dreaming", the childlike curiosity of "Exploration", to the surprisingly tense "Wybie". The music's emotional range is subtle yet strong, it doesn't whipsaw us between emotional extremes like most film music, but has an underlying identifiability under its strange melodies that we understand. The emotion is often so powerful, the scenes they're used in often have no dialogue and depended only on the superb animation and music to play the scene. A lot of the music also evokes scenes from the movie very well. You can tell that "Mice Circus" is being played on very tiny trumpets, and "The Famous Mister B" is a grotesque, distant-sounding piece that seems like the sort of music a weathered circus suit talking in a sickly, insane voice, formerly a wondrous ringmaster, would have. The soundtrack sometimes goes conventional, but usually to surprise us later, or to punctuate an event in the movie, like "Trap for the Mices". The singing additions of John Linnell singing "Other Father Song" and Spink and Forcible's hilarious cabaret are also amusing additions. "Coraline" was not strictly an unfilmable book, but it was an adaptation that couldn't be done by lesser talents, including the music. Bruno Coulais had previously only scored French films and the nature documentary "Winged Migration", so he was an appreciably peculiar choice for this film who not only delivered something incredible, but something the likes of which we have never heard. He composed a score that both fits Coraline's theme of supernatural curiosity perfectly, and is a charmingly unique and wonderful album in its own regard.

Brilliant

This is probably one of the best soundtracks i have ever heard. It ties in with the imagery of the movie perfectly!

Biography

Born: January 13, 1954 in Paris, France

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Born in 1954, Bruno Coulais is a French born film and television soundtrack composer whose first full-length work appeared in 1986 — the score for the Sebastien Grall film La Femme Secrete. He kept to the television end of film scoring and composition for the next few years, and in 1996 he was to earn his first big marks for his work on the documentary Microcosmos, which won him the 1997 Cesar Award. With this success in tow, Coulais went on to the big screen, and some of the most popular French...
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