While low-budge Irish indie Once continues proving itself the movie musical of the year, it's hard to say whether the soundtrack will have the same legs.
Without the narrative about Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (named Guy and Girl in the film), who stumble into each other's worlds, reveal themselves and connect through pop music, the songs are less engaging.
Hansard, whom you might remember as Outspan from The Commitments, too often goes into overly affected Damien Rice territory, as on Say It To Me Now and Falling Slowly, which is agitating until he chills out on the winsome All The Way Down. Irglová exposes her songwriting inexperience on The Hill, but that amateurishness, much like John Carney's film, is part of its charm.
Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová play the Music Hall Friday (November 23).