BEGIN AGAIN - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2014)

Who knew Adam Levine could act? And who knew Keira Knightley could sing? In writer director John Carney’s return to musical drama (check out 2006’s Once, a heartbreakingly beautiful film starring the less known musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova), Levine and Knightley not only shine on screen (Mark Ruffalo also delivers a heartfelt performance as a record producer), they also score on this soundtrack album that you’ll want to own after watching the movie.

The 55 minute album kicks off with the lead single “Lost Stars” performed by Levine. Trust us, this track (as well as the version performed by Knightley) will be on repeat mode on your player. Levine’s signature falsetto is executed perfectly here and gives the song an extra special touch. Knightley’s version is not as upbeat, but the actress’ sweet voice goes well with the breathy and more romantic arrangement here. There’s also a “Into the Night Mix” which makes for easy listening too.

Elsewhere, you’ll also be impressed by Knightley’s “Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home” (a chill out and dreamy tune featuring soft drums and gentle strumming of the guitar) and Levine’s “No One Else Like You” (a radio friendly pop tune that people will attempt to croon at karaoke sessions). Knightley’s successful singing debut can also be backed up by the pleasant “Like a Fool”, “Coming Up Roses” and “A Step You Can’t Take Back”.

Record producer and rapper CeeLo Green also contributes to the 16 track CD, bringing some cheekiness and playfulness to the album with the soulful “Horny” and “Women of the World (Go on Strike!)”. Listen out also for Cessyl Orchestra’s “Did It Ever Cross Your Mind (Demo Version)”, “Into the Trance” and “The Roof is Broke (Demo Mix)” for a tinge of alternative rock.

This is a great soundtrack album which captures the mood and premise of a great film. The songs on the CD are made for easy listening and are emotionally engaging. Yes, it’s very likely that you’ll be left thinking: “But are we all lost stars trying to light up the dark?” every time you listen to “Lost Stars”.


Recommended Track: (5) Lost Stars

Review by John Li


Lost Stars - Adam Levine
Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home - Keira Knightley
No One Else Like You - Adam Levine
Horny - CeeLo Green
Lost Stars - Keira Knightley
A Higher Place - Adam Levine
Like A Fool - Keira Knightley
Did It Ever Cross Your Mind (Demo Version) - Cessyl Orchestra
Women Of The World (Go On Strike!) - CeeLo Green
Coming Up Roses - Keira Knightley
Into The Trance - Cessyl Orchestra
12 A Step You Can't Take Back - Keira Knightley



Artists: Various
Label: Universal Music
Release Date: July 1, 2014