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August Rush: Music From The Motion Picture

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Soundtracks album by Mark Mancina

Who knew Jonathan Rhys Meyers had such an aching, lovely croon? InAugust Rush, he supplies his own vocals in the role of an Irish indie-rock singer, and it's a testament to his skill that he doesn't embarrass himself on Van Morrison's "Moondance." (He's … see full wiki

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  • Jul 6, 2008
One of the first things I did after seeing 'August Rush' was run out to buy the soundtrack CD. It is, after all, a movie largely about music. While watching the film there were several points when I found myself swept up completely into what was happening on the screen, and I knew the music had a lot to do with that. And simply put, I was pretty much right.

Listening to the CD is very much like watching the movie. There are only two actual score tracks: Mark Mancina's 'Main Title' and 'August's Rhapsody', bookending the film with the music from the beginning and the end of the story.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who plays Louis in the movie, sings several modern songs that were featured in the film, including his version of 'Moondance' and 'This Time,' the song played at several points as the story progressed. "Bach/Break" and "Something Inside" are a mixture of symphonic and modern music, in which two musical viewpoints come together, also featuring Jonathan Rhys Meyers' vocals as well as Steve Erdody's cello.

'Raise It Up' is a song August hears as he enters a church, featuring Jamia Simone (who also sings a little on 'August's Rhapsody'), an inspirational gospel number for the big city.

'Dueling Guitars,' showcasing guitar performances by Hector Pereira and Doug Smith, is what we hear in the scene when August and Louis play together for the first time, a touching blend of musical style that struggles to find harmony at first, and blends perfectly in the end.

And perhaps the biggest reason I bought the CD are Kaki King's tracks, 'Bari Improv' and 'Ritual Dance.' These are the songs we hear when August is first learning to play, strange and beautiful pieces in which the guitar is as much a percussion instrument as a strumming one. I simply love listening to these. Even without the other music on the CD, these alone are well worth owning and listening to over and over.

After 'August's Rhapsody' are several disposable tracks, at least to my ear. One or two of them were played over the end credits (the John Legend song and the John Ondrasik song, I believe), and the others just seem thrown on. They're not bad, just not what I bought the CD for, and I rarely listen to these very often.

Despite the last few tracks, the soundtrack for 'August Rush' is a pleasant, eclectic mix of music that expresses the feeling of the film perfectly. Just like the film itself, it reflects lots of different styles of music and brings them all together to tell one story. It's one more way the film has to convey its message: that music is all around, and all we have to do is listen.

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August Rush: Music From The Motion Picture
Label: Sony Panosonic
Artist: Mark Mancina
Release Date: November 13, 2007

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