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Dan In Real Life

4.5 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

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In the tradition of Simon & Garfunkel's The Graduate and Cat Stevens' music for Harold and Maude, Sondre Lerche's Dan in Real Life finds the Norwegian sensation lending his coy, almost precious, touch to this movie's soundtrack. Several tracks are plucked from Lerche's back catalogue, including "Modern Nature" (2002's Faces Down), the Elvis Costello-penned "Human Hands" (2006's Duper Sessions), and "Airport Taxi Reception" (2007's Phantom Punch). These and the seven instrumental cue tracks form the matrix surrounding the four originals, among them a smarmy, beautiful duet with Regina Spektor, whose dulcet voice plays ideal foil to Lerche's own. "I'll Be OK" mimics the aw-shucks charisma of every character lead actor Steve Carell plays, offering inspired proof of director Peter Hedges' wisdom in handing the project to Lerche. Elsewhere, a string-heavy cover of Pete Townshend's seminal "Let My Love Open the Door" provides a memorable highlight. Hedges postulates in the liner notes that perhaps the film was made "so more of the world can hear [Lerche's] music," and certainly, this album provides an enticing vehicle for newcomers to his wavering vibrato, saccharine falsetto, and all too genteel songwriting, though existing Lerche fans may lament the relative shortage of new material here. --Jason Kirk

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Family Theme Waltz - Sondre Lerche (0:49)
  2. To Be Surprised - Sondre Lerche (4:20)
  3. I'll Be OK - Sondre Lerche (3:39)
  4. Dan and Marie Picking Hum - Sondre Lerche (0:54)
  5. My Hands Are Shaking - Sondre Lerche (3:00)
  6. Dan In Real Life - Sondre Lerche (1:29)
  7. Hell No - Sondre Lerche and Regina Spektor (3:45)
  8. Family Theme - Sondre Lerche (1:48)
  9. Fever - A Fine Frenzy (3:26)
  10. Airport Taxi Reception - Sondre Lerche and The Faces Down (2:26)
  11. Dan and Marie Melody - Sondre Lerche (0:55)
  12. Human Hands - Sondre Lerche and The Faces Down Quartet (2:34)
  13. I'll Be OK (Instrumental Reprise) - Sondre Lerche (3:39)
  14. Let My Love Open The Door - Sondre Lerche (2:25)
  15. Dan and Marie Finale Theme - Sondre Lerche (2:04)
  16. Modern Nature - Sondre Lerche and Lillian Samdal (3:37)

Product details

  • Audio CD (October 2, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B000VI710S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,748 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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