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Once: A New Musical (Original Cast Recording) [Cast Recording]

Glen HansardAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • ASIN: B006ZKAG3U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The North Strand
2. Leave
3. Falling Slowly
4. The Moon
5. Ej Pada Pada Rosicka
6. If You Want Me
7. Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy
8. Say It To Me Now
9. Abandoned In Bandon
10. Gold
11. Sleeping
12. When Your Mind's Made Up
13. The Hill
14. It Cannot Be About That
15. Gold (A Cappella)
16. Falling Slowly (Reprise)

Editorial Reviews

Once is the celebrated new Broadway show based on the Academy Award-winning film. The show includes all of the beloved songs written by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová for the critically acclaimed film. The score features the Oscar-winning hit "Falling Slowly," as well as two new songs, "Abandoned in Bandon" and the Czech folk song "Ej Pada Pada Rosicka." One of the most unique elements of this musical is that the 13-member cast of the show act, sing and play all of the instruments: there is no orchestra or separate band. A distinctive aspect to the cast album is that it was produced allowing these talented actors/musicians to record the music in the same style and environment as their stage show. This special recording process not only showcases the gorgeous new orchestrations by Martin Lowe, but also captures the live essence of this extraordinary ensemble.

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84 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Equal to, but different from the soundtrack March 25, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Let's cut to the chase--it's hard to have an objective opinion of the new cast album of "Once." As is increasingly the trend for Broadway shows, "Once" is based on a movie, and a very unusual movie at that. The movie was a delicate, wispy story of two musicians meeting, transforming each other's lives and, in a bittersweet ending, moving on to chase their respective destinies. The "love, not-love" story was powerful because it was so restrained; as their time together was so brief it felt like an extended first date, with all the reservations, hopes, and potentialities involved. As it turns out, the story had extra poignancy in that it mirrored the real-life experiences of the principal actors, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who briefly became a couple and then similarly moved on. "Once" was a tiny movie made for almost nothing, but it has had an outsized impact on everyone I know who saw it.

The obvious question is it appropriate to bring this to *Broadway*? Would a full-blown production ruin the essence of the story, or be a tonic in today's era of over-the-top offerings? Unthinkable or a blessing?

I'll leave off reviewing the show here, and focus on the recording at hand. I'll begin by saying that your enjoyment of the cast album of "Once" will be colored by a whole slew of external factors. The original movie soundtrack was done in indy-rock, pseudo-celtic style. Those drawn to those musical stylings, and the unique vocals of Hansard and Irglová, might very well dismiss the new cast recording as cover album by singers who just don't get it. For those who have not heard the soundtrack, or like more of a pop sound, this won't be an issue and the power of the songs will come shining through.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different, but equal to the movie soundtrack March 29, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
Let's cut to the chase--it's hard to have an objective opinion of the new cast album of "Once." As is increasingly the trend for Broadway shows, "Once" is based on a movie, and a very unusual movie at that. The movie was a delicate, wispy story of two musicians meeting, transforming each other's lives and, in a bittersweet ending, moving on to chase their respective destinies. The "love, not-love" story was powerful because it was so restrained; as their time together was so brief it felt like an extended first date, with all the reservations, hopes, and potentialities involved. As it turns out, the story had extra poignancy in that it mirrored the real-life experiences of the principal actors, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who briefly became a couple and then similarly moved on. "Once" was a tiny movie made for almost nothing, but it has had an outsized impact on everyone I know who saw it.

The obvious question is it appropriate to bring this to *Broadway*? Would a full-blown production ruin the essence of the story, or be a tonic in today's era of over-the-top offerings? Unthinkable or a blessing?

I'll leave off reviewing the show here, and focus on the recording at hand. I'll begin by saying that your enjoyment of the cast album of "Once" will be colored by a whole slew of external factors. The original movie soundtrack was done in indy-rock, pseudo-celtic style. Those drawn to those musical stylings, and the unique vocals of Hansard and Irglová, might very well dismiss the new cast recording as cover album by singers who just don't get it. For those who have not heard the soundtrack, or like more of a pop sound, this won't be an issue and the power of the songs will come shining through.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fell quickly March 22, 2012
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It's a bit risky to adapt a story behind an indie small budget film to the Broadway stage. But when your listening to such gorgeous melodies sung by actors with beautiful voices perfect for musicals and this score, then something magical happens. The music is wonderful and I hope I will be able to experience this on the stage. In the meantime, the recording will have to suffice.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Was Afraid Of Picking This Up May 1, 2012
Format:Audio CD
The movie "Once" and the accompanying songs are sacred ground for me. I have an emotional attachment to both that is a little difficult for me to explain. There is an openness and honesty to the songs that speaks to me. There's an incredible emotional fearlessness to The Frames/The Swell Season tunes that make up the soundtrack that's altogether rare. So, on to the Broadway cast album. It's different in the fact that every single cast member is a musician and all perform on stage and in this album. If you watch the videos circulated by the musical on YouTube, recording the album was a shared communal experience with the entire cast gathering in the studio to lay down the tracks just as they perform them each night on stage. There is a keen awareness that they are dealing with a devoted fan base. They knew they couldn't just come off sounding like a "Once Tribute Band" but nor could they wonder off on some wild tangent. The album doesn't have the street busker sound to it but that's to be expected, I think. Kazee outshines Milioti ever so slightly but if you take into account, the fact she has no formal musical training, she's more than equal to the task. She was good enough to be included in a solo album that Glen Hansard recorded while living in New York and working with the cast. Milioti professed to being nervous when playing Marketa Irglova's songs back for her but found her to be a kind and nurturing presence. It's a real testament to Kazee and Milioti that they can take material that means so much to so many and make it their own.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good stuff!
Published 28 days ago by Christian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music! And the musical felt so intimate
Great music! And the musical felt so intimate, even in a big theater.
Published 1 month ago by Jenni Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant soundtrack to a great Broadway show!!
The music is amazing and the show was even better!!!
Published 1 month ago by Robert E. Mundy Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good
Published 1 month ago by C. Scott Strumello
5.0 out of 5 stars Have not seen movie but love the music
Heard some of music on radio. Have not seen movie but love the music
Published 1 month ago by ladybug
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story, and the actors had plenty of energy
Good story, and the actors had plenty of energy. But the music was just so-so. I left at intermission, which is something that I have never done before.
Published 1 month ago by chuck mabry
5.0 out of 5 stars This is great! Although I have and enjoy the original movie ...
This is great! Although I have and enjoy the original movie recording, Steve Kazee makes this special for me. I truly enjoy the music and the sounds.
Published 1 month ago by Arlington JB
4.0 out of 5 stars Borne with a silver spoon?
I love their voices, but now that I can hear them over and over I question some of the lyrics: clearly, "I was born with a silver spoon" makes no sense vis a vis the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Linda A Walfish
4.0 out of 5 stars Love listening to this
Love listening to this, brings the play back to life. Some of the movie songs are not in the play. The play has a few extra songs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Montalti
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the movie soundtrack
Better than the Movie with added tracks
Published 2 months ago by Peter Holub
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Better than Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova?
NPR just aired a story on this. I can't post a link, but you can google it, and NPR is even currently streaming the entire album as a "First Listen" sneak preview.

To sum it up, they give it top marks as a standalone album:

"As a recapitulation and reinterpretation of a musical... Read More
Mar 5, 2012 by Capt. MacGregor |  See all 6 posts
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