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on 12 September 2017
Forget Hollywood, this movie had a budget of $100000 with two hand held cameras
and a tiny film crew chronicling the lives of two musicians who are thrust together by accident in a common love of performing and composing. It's a love story that is or isn't depending on your perspective it's tear jerking and lump in the throat inducing and thoughtful direction made this an obvious nomination for academy awards. However, who could have known that this film would have won not one but two oscars for Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. Propelling them to a meteoric rise in fame that was chronicled in black and white in a sequel that gives a fly on wall optic of their American tour(The Swell Season) Warts and all.
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on 7 September 2017
Delightful film! Both funny and sad in places. Enjoyed immensely.
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on 21 August 2017
Very good!
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on 29 May 2017
Ok
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on 4 September 2017
Bought as a present.
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on 10 June 2017
Brilliant
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on 10 August 2017
Great album from a great film. Received ahead of scheduled date.
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on 31 December 2014
Great music from a decent film. Glen Hansard I'm glad I found you. You're music is brilliant
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on 5 April 2013
I was happy to find out that every song featured in the movie is actually on the soundtrack! Lovely quality and a joy to listen to.
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on 13 March 2009
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.
Lies slows the pace right down and has some interesting changes and the Strings give it an almost operatic fell in places and some excellent piano from Marketa.
Gold is credited the Group Interference and has James Yorkston feel to it
The Hill is a superb exercise in Melancholy the strings compliment Marketa voice and piano perfectly.
Fallen from The Sky is lead by the Casio keyboard rhythm unit lending a home demo feel to the disc that will get them the studio time in the film.
Leave is a classic with a hard edge driven by Glen's angry strumming driving the refrain along his vocals at times recall may be the early songs of Seventies songwriters and maybe a nod to Damien Dempsey here too.
The pace is kept up by trying to pull myself away which is one of the group songs.
Glen's acoustic All the way Down is one of those songs you will want to put into a mix tape for a rainy day.
Once is the title track a simple duet which sums up the mood of the film and builds up one the band comes in.
The closing track Say it to Me Now is a powerful song that builds in a rant again driven by the aggressive (almost string breaking) strumming Of Glen Hansard maybe he gets his string from the same place Nick Harper does.
I would recommend you watch the film then buy the album and you will definately play it alot more than ...Once...
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