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  • Audio CD (January 9, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B000LPR4U8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,866 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Composer: Hans Zimmer.Composers: Atli �rvarsson; Heitor Teixeira Pereira; Lorne Balfe; Herb Alpert; Imogen Heap; Ryeland Allison.Personnel: Hans Zimmer (programming); Heitor Teixeira Pereira (vocals guitar programming); Imogen Heap (vocals); Endre Granat (violin); Herb Alpert (trumpet); Atli �rvarsson Lorne Balfe Ryeland Allison (programming).Audio Mixer: Alan Meyerson.Arrangers: Atli �rvarsson; Heitor Teixeira Pereira; Lorne Balfe; Ryeland

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For this Nancy Meyers-directed romantic comedy, Hans Zimmer serves up a breezy score quite different from the more heavy-duty works he's become known for. This may have something to do with the film's tone, of course, but also with the fact that Zimmer has sole credit on only two cues, having co-written the others with members of his extensive stable of helpers, including guitarist Heitor Pereira and even pop artist Imogen Heap (who also contributes wordless vocals in addition to getting writing credits on three tracks). In the film, Jack Black's character is a composer who namedrops Ennio Morricone; Zimmer steps up to the challenge with the opening track, "Maestro" (one of his solo compositions), which evidently seeks to emulate the romantic sweep of some of Morricone's scores and nearly succeeds. (This may sound like a criticism but getting near Morricone level is nothing to sneeze at.) A little later "Verso e Prosa," a collaboration between Pereira and Herb Alpert--who contributes his immediately identifiable trumpet--also stands out. If the rest of the CD had shown as much spirited zest as these two tracks, the album could have become a prized addition to any soundtrack lover's library; alas, the other cues are too devoid of personality to make a lasting impression. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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It has the music composed by Hans Zimmer.
Diane M. Donovick
Every time I watch this movie, the background music always stands out.
Ann Diaz
I loved the movie and the music in the soundtrack.
Katherine L. Rollins

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's absolutely amazing how people still don't get the concept of a scores soundtrack, then rate it low because "It's just boring background music." If you scroll down to the track listings and you don't see any artists listed, that should be your first clue. With that said...

I think Hans Zimmer did an excellent job on the score for the "Holiday," and it's very obvious that he took his inspiration from the wonderful Ennio Morricone, a legendary composer whose music is actually featured in this movie (when Jack Black's character, Miles, meets Kate Winslet's, Iris, for the first time, you can hear it playing from his car). I'm a sucker for lushly romantic music, and if you are too, you won't be disappointed in this music.

The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the music is somewhat repetitive. There are three or four main themes that Zimmer has interwoven and enhanced. It also does not include, to my knowledge, the songs that were written for the characters of Iris and Arthur. Here are a few of my favorites:

"Maestro" - This is the opening theme at the very beginning of the movie, played by Miles on the piano. It's absolutely beautiful and one of the more Morricone-esque songs on the score.

"Iris and Jasper" - This song plays throughout the scene at the office, when Iris learns of Jasper's engagement and goes home alone. It's mostly piano and strings, and there is gorgeous guitar at the end.

"Anything Can Happen" - Mostly piano, this has the Santa Ana winds theme when Iris is standing outside her LA house after meeting Miles.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Niksic VINE VOICE on March 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
"The Holiday" is an uplifting movie, and the film score is equally as delightful. This is one of those feel-good CDs that is guaranteed to put the listener in a happy mood, no matter what. I'm particularly fond of the main theme, "Maestro;" "Dream Kitchen," which reminds me of some music from the soundtrack to "The Thomas Crown Affair" (the 1999 version); "Definitely Unexpected," a sexy and flirty little number; "Busy Guy," which is basically a reprise of "Definitely Unexpected;" "For Nancy," a jazzy and cute tune; "Kiss Goodbye," which is slightly bittersweet at first but then extremely fiery and passionate; "Three Musketeers," a mellow and sentimental melody; "Gumption," which is invigorating and spirited (and also incorporates the melody that Jack Black's character wrote for Arthur in the film); and "Cry," the traditional happy ending song. What a great soundtrack!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kaya Savas VINE VOICE on March 8, 2007
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Hans Zimmer's breathtaking year of 2006 came to a close with The Holiday. He started off by exciting us with his follow-up score in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. He then wowed us with The Da Vinci Code, truly the best score of the year. The Academy should be shot for not even acknowledging his great work. So, after composing the two highest grossing films of the year Zimmer decided to go small and composed fellow collaborator Nancy Meyers' The Holiday.

What Hans Zimmer is masterful at is simply being able to go from thriller to action to romantic comedy all in one year. While 2006 was nowhere near the grand year he had in 2005, it was truly a benchmark for the composer. What we have with The Holiday is a very melodic and soothing score. It reminds me a bit of the work he did on Nine Months and As Good As It Gets. The piano and guitar are the key instruments here in the score with a grand backing by string instruments. Zimmer utilizes his buddy Heitor Periera's skills on the guitar to give it that signature Zimmer feel that we've come to know. Periera has collaborated with Zimmer on films such as Madagascar, M:I-2 and more appropriately in Spanglish. The score is playful at times, it becomes warm, some sad parts to suggest isolation. It has everything a romatic comedy score should have. The first track is definitely the highlight of the album, it's trademark Zimmer and the most melodic track on the album. Track 16 was unique for the use of the single trumpet. It was a jazzy cue that really did not sound like Zimmer at all, maybe Periera had the greater influence since he provided vocals. Another thing to point out is that this the first time Zimmer used his wife for vocals in one of his scores. A great finish to a great year that earned Zimmer 6 IFMCA Nominations and two wins. He won for best action/thriller score for The Da Vinci Code and The Holiday earned him a best comedy score win.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Armstrong on October 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Just like the movie, this is an amazing soundtrack. Hans Zimmer is incredibly talented and creative. I don't think the movie could have been as good without his contibution in music. My only disappointment about the soundtrack CD was that it's only his music. There's some songs on the movie I really liked and were hoping they were on the CD but they are not.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 26, 2007
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It's absolutely amazing how people still don't get the concept of a scores soundtrack, then rate it low because "It's just boring background music." If you scroll down to the track listings and you don't see any artists listed, that should be your first clue. With that said...

I think Hans Zimmer did an excellent job on the score for the "Holiday," and it's very obvious that he took his inspiration from the wonderful Ennio Morricone, a legendary composer whose music is actually featured in this movie (when Jack Black's character, Miles, meets Kate Winslet's, Iris, for the first time, you can hear it playing from his car). I'm a sucker for lushly romantic music, and if you are too, you won't be disappointed in this music.

The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the music is somewhat repetitive. There are three or four main themes that Zimmer has interwoven and enhanced. It also does not include, to my knowledge, the songs that were written for the characters of Iris and Arthur. Here are a few of my favorites:

"Maestro" - This is the opening theme at the very beginning of the movie, played by Miles on the piano. It's absolutely beautiful and one of the more Morricone-esque songs on the score.

"Iris and Jasper" - This song plays throughout the scene at the office, when Iris learns of Jasper's engagement and goes home alone. It's mostly piano and strings, and there is gorgeous guitar at the end.

"Anything Can Happen" - Mostly piano, this has the Santa Ana winds theme when Iris is standing outside her LA house after meeting Miles.
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Iris' song?
I do too it's a nice theme probably my favorite theme of the movie. I wish they would have added that version (when Miles is playing it for Iris) however it is heard briefly on "Christmas Surprise" and "Gumption"
Jan 4, 2008 by tranz |  See all 2 posts
track listing ????
This is the track listing for this CD...
1. Maestro
2. Iris and Jasper
3. Kayak for One
4. Zero
5. Dream Kitchen
6. Separate Vacations
7. Anything Can Happen
8. Light My Fire
9. Definitely Unexpected
10. If I Wanted To Call You
11. Roadside Rhapsody
12. Busy Guy
13. For... Read More
Jan 6, 2007 by G. ROWE |  See all 16 posts
What song was playing when...
It's actually "Let Go" by Frou Frou
Jun 16, 2007 by Pcookie |  See all 8 posts
What ROCK song was playing when Iris woke-up?
Lin,

The name of the song is "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" and it's by Jet. It's found on their album, "Get Born."
Oct 22, 2007 by T. Jackson |  See all 3 posts
Score song when Amanda (Cameron) is walking to the cottage
I think you're referring to "Track 22 - Cry" when Amanda discovers she actually can cry and then runs back to see Graham. Hope that helps :-)
Oct 3, 2008 by Caylea |  See all 3 posts
Morriconne songs in "The Holiday" Be the first to reply
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