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watch the film first, but well worth a listen
on 13 July 2009
Those who enjoyed the music in John Carney's modern musical 'Once' will no doubt be pleased to see all the songs accounted for with extras. Admittedly, listening to this CD from start to finish cannot quite match the brilliance of the way in which the songs are presented in the film. Perhaps due to the ordering of the tracks, something has been lost in transferring the material from movie reel to CD, and they fail to gather the same momentum or impact.
However, that said, there are some real gems in the album. Rightfully the triumphant and touching 'Falling Slowly' wins the accolades, while a powerful acoustic version of 'Say It To Me Now' will also be a favourite for many. But amongst these flagships, there are excellent tracks that did not feature so prominently in the film. The title track 'Once' is beautifully arranged and performed with echoes of Turin Brakes at their finest. Barely touched in the motion picture, 'Leave' is a real highlight, moving with ease from a gentle acoustic ballad into a more hard hitting indy strummer at the end of the track.
Overall, this is a good collection of songs inspired from routes in folk music and the indy and rock-pop bands of the 90s. Most listeners will appreciate.