Unlike most of the other Studio Ghibli scores, by regular Ghibli musician Joe Hisaishi, this is a very unique and incredibly beautfiul, lilting score by French musician Cecil Corbel, and composer Simon Caby.
Blending together Cobel's Bretonne influences, and traditonal Irish dance, this powerhouse score and the sublime yet incredibly lyrical songs are wonderfully combined here, to provide a very unique, and very un-Ghibli like soundtrack, that is far better than you might have expected.
If you've seen the film - and if not, why not? - then you will instantly recognise the Opening Titles song "Our House Below" and "The Neglected Garden" (Tracks 2 and 1 respectively on the album). Corbel's genteel vocals really bring the score to life, and along with the jawdroppingly sensual visuals of the movie, they provoke a longing to regress back to childhood times, when life was more innocent.
Simply put, this is as evocative a score as any I've heard in a long time. Don't be put off by the fact that Hisaishi isn't composing this time around. A score that will instantly transport you back to the first time you watched this lovely and heart-wrenching film! Simply gorgeous!