Once: Music from the Motion Picture

Once: Music from the Motion Picture

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Once: Music from the Motion Picture

The starring roles in Once, the little movie that could by writer/director John Carney, are played by the Frames' Glen Hansard and Czech singer/songwriter Markéta Irglová. The songs, representing those of the character Guy and his collaborator Girl, are made up of simple and attractive acoustic pop, full of guitars, piano, a small drum kit, and electric bass, with some supplemental instruments. Sung by one, the other, or the two musicians together, they offer a sweet and moving little soundtrack to this quirky film that offers no easy answers and asks plenty of questions. Interestingly enough, Hansard and Irglová are real life musical partners who recorded an album together in 2006 called Swell Season. Five of the 13 tunes on this soundtrack originally appeared on that album. For the film, however, additional tweaks to the original material (and the recording of supplemental songs written specifically for the movie) was done in a studio in Ireland. While the film has garnered a sizeable audience for such a small budget project, the soundtrack may have a more difficult time. It's not because the songs are so personal, but because they are so small in and of themselves. Fans of the Frames may score copies, and those who are charmed by the film might like the music enough to be curious, but it's one of those recordings you have to be specifically in the mood for. The wispy nature of much of this material makes for an intimate listen and one that is as skeletal yet elegant as the film itself.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2008
Label: Sony/Bmg Int'l
UPC: 0886971445923
catalogNumber: 714459
Rank: 8625

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Glen Hansard   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Casio
Markéta Irglová   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Colm McCauchey   Violin
Graham Hopkins   Drums
Rob Bochnik   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Craig Ward   Keyboards
Kevin Murphy   Cello
Johnny Boyle   Percussion,Drums
Joseph Doyle   Bass
Bertrand Galen   Cello
Fergus O'Farrell   Vocals
James OLeary   Guitar
Marcella Plunkett   Vocals
Marja Tuhkanen   Violin,Viola

Technical Credits

Steve Fitzmaurice   Engineer
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Glen Hansard   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Rob Bochnik   Engineer
Markéta Irglová   Composer,Engineer
Andrej Lazo   Engineer
Fergus O'Farrell   Composer

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Once: Music from the Motion Picture 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
kevincorcoranjr More than 1 year ago
to put it simply... great music by great musicians. it doesn't get much better than this... the album from start to finish is just beautiful. Regardless of whether you have seen the movie, this album is a collection of some of the most amazing melodies I have ever heard.
JGrab More than 1 year ago
This CD is going and going and going over and over again in my CD player in my car. When I got it I would not even wait to make it an MP3! Great movie, music and artists!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After being recommended the movie by a friend, I found it had just been released to DVD. I was charmed by the simple but not simplistic plot and bowled over by the powerful music it contained. Many of the melodies would not leave my head. I could not believe I had not heard more about this movie, so I set out to read as much as I could on the internet. What a great story there! It is bound to become a classic word-of-mouth favorite!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack has to be my favorite and the best! It is just a taste of what the movie is all about. It is amazing and makes you just want to listen to it over and over agian. Glenn Hansard has to be one of the greatest artist to this day!
Guest More than 1 year ago
LOVED the movie. LOVED the music. I highly recommend you see the movie and then buy the CD. After having seen the movie, the music is very meaningful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My initial exposure to Once, the movie, was through Maltin Minute on Direct TV. After watching the movie and listening to the captivating music, I couldn't let it rest. I had to watch the movie the second time and picked up on nuances I had not noticed in the first watching. The Music in the movie bowled me over. I have also ordered the CD on internet.
Holly_GoLightlyTX More than 1 year ago
I found this movie at Blockbuster--there was only one copy of it. I've grown to mistrust some movie reivews, especially one that said, "ONCE may well be the best music film of our generation." Well, it's true. Peter Travers from Rolling Stone said, "A gift of a movie that is absolutely worth seeing more than once." It is. The music is soulful, passionate, melodic, and I'm going to buy the CD today!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am definitely buying this CD musical. After watching their movie, I ran out and searched for the CD. The movie was so inspirational in both musical and personal relationships we have. I also thought the two of them were very adorable together and had sooooooo much chemistry. They do have very inspirational voices as well. Great CD and please go see the movie or buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Would absolutely have to be a wonderful soundtrack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just picked up the movie on a whim,as it was about making music,and I thought it was one that my 16 yr.old musician son and I could watch together. I ended up watching it by myself first,and I was so moved by the purity and the lovely nuances in the movie. It was so wonderful feeling immersed in this sweet,but not sappy story.Everythingfelt right on ....the way the characters personalities were expressed,the language. and the music..wow. My son was watching the academy award and he suddenly yelled "Mom! Its the music people!Imissed seeing them accept their awards,but it givess me hope that works such as this can be rewarded.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this movie. I love the music and their characters are really simple and genuine. I have bought the soundtrack as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these musicians. A "must have" CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interestingly enough, I first heard the lead track of this CD on the radio as I was headed to work a while back. I had to pull over. It hit home in a way few songs have in a long time. I'm no romantic. Far from it. But this pulled at me. Now, six months later, my wife and I just watched the movie and I'm not sure if this song existed prior to the filming of "once," or as a result of it. Either way, it's a stunning song -- and soundtrack. My hope is that this is the realization of the dreams they seem to portray in the movie. If not -- so be it. Regardless, great tunes.
Shameface More than 1 year ago
This was the best film I've ever seen. Not since "Ed's Next Move" have I loved an independent movie so much. I'm a singer-song writer and it was a very touching story. The songs are incredible - I wish I had written them. Thank you so much for making this film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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