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Once: Music from the Motion Picture

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Once" Upon a Musical Time . . .

    There's something to be said about this sleepy album. The music almost comes across as perfectly written accompaniment to an adult fairy tale, however, close listening reveals a singer-songwriter project too irresistible and intriguing to be considered background music. The Swell Season (the collaboration of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova) produce a soundtrack filled with beautiful tales of love and heartbreak. The simple production filled with Irish fiddles transports the listener to this lush, leprechaun-laden homeland - the same territory claimed by fellow Irishman Damien Rice. It is interesting to note that Hansard and Irglova create a sound strikingly similiar to the Damien Rice/Lisa Hannigan duo in that thoughtful, poetic lyrics are set to soft, building instrumentation delivered with such conviction that it is impossible to not find yourself seduced into the melodious rants. The black sheep of the playlist is "Broken Hearted Hoover Sucker Guy" as its production quality and style just don't fit in with the rest of the set. What it does provide is comedic relief in the midst of heart-on-the-sleeve, melodramatic stories of love, or lack there-of. So, the album cannot be discredited for this one blemish that proves to be quite funny, and dare I say, enjoyable. Though I haven't seen its theatrial counterpart, "Once"'s soundtrack seemingly serves as a beautiful, well-crafted addition to The Swell Season's young catalogue. Recommended.

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