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Once (Music from the Motion Picture)

Various Artists

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The little Irish musical that could and its celebrated Oscar winning soundtrack have inadvertently answered the question, does life imitate art or does art imitate life? The answer is…both. The Frames frontman Glen Hansard conceptualized an indie film that perfectly captured the struggle of the street busking musician (played by Hansard) and the magic moments that occur within a musical chemistry when a man and a woman discover that their vocal harmonies can braid together so closely as to birth a third voice. Pixie voiced Markéta Irglová played the part of the harmonious love interest. Subsequently the two actors/singers formed a real life band (The Swell Season) and an off camera relationship following the film's completion. The swooning opener "Falling Slowly" became the hit of the soundtrack, and rightfully so. Hansard pulled the reigns on his usual emo-tinged howl to make way for Irglová's equally powerful yet dainty vocal parts. The finesse in restraint here builds up a powerful tension that's released in the crescendos of the chorus. On songs like the wispy "If You Want Me" Irglová's endearing Czech accented inflections sometimes upstage Hansard's singing. And though the film may have ended with plot closure, this outstanding soundtrack begs for a sequel.

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Simple Emotion

There's something that millions of dollars, the finest - most beautiful actors, the fanciest camera work and the experienced aural work of a top hollywood composer/soundtrack supervisor can't buy - and that's emotion. And authenticity. And beauty. Virtually everything contained within the film "Once" and it's accompanying soundtrack speak to all that filmmakers and Hollywood should aspire. From the heatbreaking "The Hill", the wrenching "Lies," to the haunting "If you want me" to the would-be-billboard-hit-in-a-perfect-world "Falling Slowly," every song both contributes to the plot of the film, to the structure of the story and to the emotions felt by both the characters and individuals lucky enough to experience this great cinematic achievement. Sounds simple doesn't it? But it's all too rare. I can't recommend this movie and soundtrack enough.

Beautifully Mesmerizing

This is one of the best soundtracks I have ever heard. I have yet to see the film due to the fact that it is only in limited release at the moment, but when it is in wider release, I will see it immediately. The songs, "Falling Slowly," "When Your Mind's Made Up," and "Leave" are truly the standouts, but every single song seems to blend together seamlessly telling a unique love story. This is the movie soundtrack of the year! No doubt about it.

Heartfelt

I've stalked this movie to two film festivals and been to see Glen Hansard perform with The Frames, and I still can't get enough. A bittersweet love story told in perfect moments of song and awkward chemistry. Funny, sadder than hell, and a clinking glass to your life's own "what if", and you know you have one. Go see it wherever you can, for crying out loud, and buy this soundtrack, posthaste.

Once (Music from the Motion Picture)
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music
  • Released: May 22, 2007

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