59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
"Begin Again" is a new comedy and the soundtrack features a couple of the actors (Keira Knightley and Maroon 5's Adam Levine - yes, in his feature film debut) as well as Cee-Lo Green and Cessyl Orchestra.
Adam Levine opens the album with the stirring soulful ballad "Lost Stars" (with a lovely falsetto run at the end) which appears again in a more guitar-driven form as "Lost Stars (Into The Night Mix)". He also performs the upbeat Pop "No One Else Like You", and the Pop/Rock "A Higher Place".
Knightley displays her soft earnest voice on the sunny Indie "Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home" which appears again as the more stripped Rooftop Mix, an acoustic version of "Lost Stars", the Folk/Pop "Like A Fool", the sunny upbeat "Coming Up Roses" and the Country-tinged ballad "A Step You Can't Take Back". She does impress and reminds me of Natalie Imbruglia.
Cee-Lo (who also appears in the movie) performs the breezy Soul "Horny" (tongue firmly in cheek) and the upbeat groovy "Women Of The World (Go On Strike)". Cessyl Orchestra perform the trippy ballads "Did It Ever Cross Your Mind", "Into The Trance" (which reminds me of "Purple Rain"-era Prince), "The Roof Is Broke" and "Intimidated By You".
74 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2014
I'd you are looking for the music that they sang in the movie, it's all here. Even the versions you heard on the movie...
39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
"Begin Again" is a smashingly good set. It stands up well without the film; and is of course super within the context of the movie. As I watched the movie, the music had me on the edge of my seat in the Cineplex, straining forward on my seat as if I wanted to jump into the screen, into the music. The musical star here is Adam Levine. That opener "Lost Stars" is glorious with Levine's voice expressive and engaging as one might expect from his Maroon 5/The Voice credentials. But the song lifts into the stratosphere with Levine's croon, "Take my hand, let's see where we wake up tomorrow, best laid plans sometimes are just a one-night stand; I'll be damned, Cupid's demanding back his arrow, Let's get drunk on our tears." "No One Else Like You" with Levine's vocals hits a catchy groove and hooks the listener in, "Spend their whole life waiting for someone just like you, that looks like you, that feels like you, that smiles like you, I need someone just like you, love me true." Such glorious pop romance! Cee Lo Green's "Horny" also catches my ear off the soundtrack with its catchy groove, "If love is like a tumor, I don't want to be benign." Levine's "A Higher Place" also hits the sweet spot with a kind of plodding melody on the verses that smoothes out and flies on the chorus, "You take me to another space in time," The songwriting by Gregg Alexander, former front man of The New Radicals, on "Lost Stars," "No One Else Like You," "Horny," & "A Higher Place" should put him on line for a Best Song Oscar nomination if this were a perfect world. Keira Knightly's vocals on "Coming Up Roses" & "A Step You Can't Take Back" are very sweet. And the clunky "Like A Fool" that is a phone message in the film also makes me smile. This is a great soundtrack, not to be missed. Enjoy!
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2014
I loved the music in the movie. These songs are great low-key jams that definitely get stuck in your head. Highly recommend. Who knew Keira Knightley could sing??
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2014
This record caught me by surprise in many ways. I originally bought it as a sister purchase with Adam Levine's band Maroon 5/Kara's Flowers' new album "V", as the deluxe edition had "Lost Stars" as a bonus track, so I thought this would complement it or complete it...I had NO idea who was behind this soundtrack, as the bonus cuts on "V" had no credits...well, I opened it up and the credits had me fall on the floor.
It's really a new fullblown NEW RADICALS record with guest singers...not a side project for Adam, Cee-Lo & just the singing debut for Kiera Knightley...it is, but really it's not. If Gregg's name as "executive producer" was listed on the back of the CD, I would have known this ahead of time, not just his "vanity imprint" ALXNDR Music.
See, I've been collecting everything Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois do, since 1992, and this is their first album since Danielle's "Portable Life" from 1999, although it went commercially unreleased till 2008...and this is the first time Gregg sings lead on a record since that NR record in 1997/1998...here, he's billed under the pseudonym "Cessyl Orchestra" on 2 cuts, but knowing his and Danielle's musical writing and production style like the back of my hand, this "soundtrack" has their musical stamp all over it...and if I did not know the credits, if I just heard "Lost Stars" on "V", I would have said, dang, that sounds like a Gregg Alexander song or a New Radicals song...and I was proven correct.
Every track is great here, ranging from powerpoppy to folky to soulful, but that musical stamp is pretty consistent...even Cee-Lo's singing & writing style merges well with Gregg and Danielle on "Horny" (a nice hybrid of his "F You" and Gregg/Danielle's "You Get What You Give") & "Women Of The World (Go On Strike!!)"...which Cee-Lo co-wrote with them...Kiera's singing style is a bit Aimee Mann-ish and her style mixes well with Danielle's solo-focused work, and the Gregg/CO tracks are killer and make you want, no DEMAND, a new NR/CO/GA record. like pronto...Gregg's been great since his rocking masterpiece first record, 1989/1992's "Michigan Rain/Intoxifornication" (both records share tracks and it all fits together as 1 whole work and have a Prince/Replacements hybrid style)...and the "Cessyl Orchestra" tracks fit in this mold but also very 2014...more please...
So yes, you can come to this "soundtrack" for Adam Levine, Kiera Knightley and/or Cee-Lo Green, but you will stay for Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois and their cohorts...
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2014
Excellent film with a great soundtrack. Excellent film as well Though several of the tracks repeat.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2014
First of all, I LOVED this movie! As much as Once actually...and that's saying something. I love the songs in this movie too. My problem with this soundtrack is just that it's a contradiction to the message conveyed in the movie. Greta resists the commercialization of her music and dislikes the alteration of her song by Adam Levine's character into "Stadium Pop". She records her songs live and includes ambient sound to make it pure and authentic. She won't sell out....and actually she sells her record online for $1.00 to avoid having it be corrupted by a label.
So, what do we get here? Highly produced studio versions of her songs. The movie version of "Tell me if you want to go home" was incredible. It was brilliant and alive and amazing played on that rooftop at night. The version on this soundtrack lacks ALL that energy! It's a huge disappointment. On top of that, Adam Levine's version of "Lost Stars" is the same version Greta dislikes and criticizes him for in the film for being too shallow. Of course, it's the lead song here. I guess the lesson is that you really can't fight large record companies. Unfortunately, it feels like a weird postscript to the movies message. The record company actually wins at the end of the day. We pay $12.00 for the music that Greta fights for...and it's not as good as her live stuff. Having said that, the Celo Green stuff that wasn't in the film was great and the two songs by Cessyl Orchestra (not sure who they are...they weren't in the movie) are really excellent! Maybe the record company types aren't all bad after all.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2014
This album is amazing. My favorite songs are lost stars, Women of the World, Like a fool, and Horny. All the songs are great.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2014
Brilliant music, but does no-one else think it's rather ironic that you have to pay over $12 for this album, considering the end of the movie? I was really hoping the film-makers would jump on their own bandwagon with the whole 'let's let as many people access this as possible' thing.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2014
Love the album but not this version. Why is the US CD missing 4 songs that are on the MP3 and the import CD? People who still buy CDs spend a lot of money on music and should not be penalized.