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Once: Music From The Motion Picture [Soundtrack]

Glen Hansard Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Canvasback
  • ASIN: B000UTZ510
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Falling Slowly
2. If You Want Me
3. Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy
4. When Your Mind's Made Up
5. Lies
6. Gold
7. The Hill
8. Fallen From The Sky
9. Leave
10. Trying To Pull Myself Away
11. All The Way Down
12. Once
13. Say It To Me Now

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Even those allergic to musicals may be won over by Once, a tender-hearted Irish romance with songs by Czech Republic–born Markéta Irglová and Frames frontman Glen Hansard (the film's director, John Carney, actually used to play bass in the group). The trick here is that Irglová and Hansard also play the leads; because their characters are shown busking, writing music, or rehearsing, the songs are smoothly integrated in the film. The overall acoustic mood won't surprise fans of the Frames--some tracks ("Say It to Me", "When Your Mind's Made Up") have even popped up on the band's albums, though the arrangements are more pared-down here, befitting the scruffy, street-musician setting. Being the lesser-known entity, Irglová feels like a revelation; she sounds a bit like a folkie Björk on "If You Want Me," and her song "The Hill" is downright heartbreaking. Irglová and Hansard had already made the 2006 album The Swell Season together, so their collaboration here feels really organic--they sound particularly good together on the title track, for instance. Now that's the kind of magic you want from musicals. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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Format : LP 180 gram / Sleeve : 3mm

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow and moving 6 Jan 2008
By M
Format:Audio CD
Overall a great collection of songs : I would agree it does resonate more emotionally if you have seen the film first , as the music is integral to it. However I did buy this before I had had a chance to see the film (it didn't get that wide a release unfortunately) and the songs still stand up very well by themselves.

Glen Hansard was previously in The Commitments and latterly the band The Frames so the musical pedigree is very good. A couple of the tracks have previously seen the light of day on the most recent Frames album "The Cost" (2006) ("Falling Slowly", "When Your Mind's Made Up") while "Say It to Me Now" goes all the way back to their mid-90's album "Fitzcarraldo" , but the arrangements/versions here are new - the latter revisited as a belter solo effort with just acoustic guitar.

The style is more folky and softer than Hansard's band The Frames, which are also highly recommended if you like the music here - as mentioned before their last album "The Cost" is similar in tone to this.

(As an introduction to the Frames I would recommend you start with The Frames 2002's live album "Set List" , and either "Fitzcarraldo" & "Dance with the Devil". )
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music that makes you "feel" 30 Oct 2007
By Mullen
Format:Audio CD
The film is a must see, very real emotions are portrayed through the songs. I was truly moved by the songs especially "When your minds made up" I have not had a song move me to utter sobbing, since watching Sinead O'Conner cry on her video years ago. The soundtrack, is what I want in my life, to play in the car and sing to,at the top of my voice, before facing the world. Watch the film and buy the cd, they are fantastic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 July 2008
By SC
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I saw the film first and bought myself this cd afterwards. I love every song on it. If it's the music from the film that you want it's all on here. I'd highly recommend this cd.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best soundtrack for years 21 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I can count the number of film soundtracks I've bought on two hands, this is one of the best. Outside of the category of film soundtracks it's still one of the best albums I've heard in a while.

A superb effort from two talented musicians, I really hope the do something together again soon.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a musical for the new millennium. 21 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
Musical is a dead genre, it has been so for many years. The dull, almost parodic, music of High School Musical has only served to put the genre into an even greater decline: the most popular musicals of recent years have been either remakes (Hairspray, The Producers), filming of old classics (Chicago), or the even worse genre of musicals featuring songs by popular artists (We Will Rock You). Over recent years, I can only think of two musicals that are original and thought provoking, these being Rent and Blood Brothers (and to be honest, those aren't too new). But, out of nowhere, this film came along. It won various awards, such as the Audience Award from Sun Dance, and got certain critics slathering about its release.
So, why is it so good? Well, it is entirely on the strength of the music - the two leads are both musicians with some talent, and Hansard's band 'The Frames' were big in their day. I thank the Lord that the original lead, Cillian Murphy, backed out, as Glen Hansard's voice and song wriing are so brilliant.
The music is probably reminiscent of some of the singer-songwriter stuff out at the moment, in particular some of the Damien Rice stuff. It hits a folksy/poppy feel that really gets under your skin. This is emphasised by very strong vocals, some nice guitar work and lyrics that really tap into the sense of love, loss and confusion that builds the film. Unlike most other musicals, however, the songs were written by the two leads (plus one written by another band member from the film), this means that there is real emotional connectivity between the performers and the songs themselves - much more so than in other musicals - which also further draws the viewer/listener into the very subtle saga that's unfolding around them.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't beat great songs 2 Jan 2008
By M. Wyn
Format:Audio CD
As a songwriter I am forever converted to five beats in the bar as well as on occation a simple approach to songwriting. The songs on this album are stunning, and just like the film, wake something that has been asleep for a while. I feel sorry for the people for whom this is not their cup of tea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Play more than Once... 13 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
If you have seen the film then you will probably want this album .. and if you have not seen the film then you are missing a treat.
The film itself is basically the story of a guy (Glen Hansard who you may remember from The Commitments)with a dream of being a songwriter who meets a girl(The enigmatic pianist Marketa Iglova) who is searching for a dream too,By day Glen repairs vacuum cleaners (reflected upon in the Loudon Wainwrightesque Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy) for his father or busks on the streets of that fair city,Dublin playing his broke down old guitar.The genius of the project is that it is the lyrics of the songs themselves that tell the back stories of the lead protagonists and move the plot along without the need for a lot of needless dialogue.
The film then follows their growing relationship and the making of a demo disc (comprising these songs) they enlist the help of a local Thin Lizzy Tribute Band they find busking under the statue of the late Phil Lynott.
They book a studio and impress a world weary sound engineer who becomes enchanted by their heartfelt songs.
But what about the songs
Falling Slowly the opener wets the appetite with its nautical theme it reminds the listener of Dublin's proximity to the sea and life as a voyage.
"take this sinking boat and point it home.."
the song will appeal to those who like Fionn Regan,Damien Rice or David Gray etc, Marketa adds another dimension to it but on the second song she takes the lead vocals on If you Want Me.
When your mind's Made up has a sound the hints at Badly Drawn Boy or the heartfelt ballards of Lucky Jim.
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