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Before we do the Coraline soundtrack, let’s get something clear from the start – the movie is one to watch.

It’s from the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas (big tick number one), it’s adapted from a horror novella by Neil Gaiman (big tick number two), and it’s executed with stop motion animation (big tick number three) which for me, being a photorealistic form of animation, is far more visually arresting than digital forms. If you have any sense of gleefully gruesome childish wonder left in you, this is one to see. If you didn’t like The Nightmare Before Christmas or The Corpse Bride and you tend to sneer at this brand of grim fairytale, then you sir are beyond help, and you and your unimaginative friends can go and watch Shark Tale on perpetual loop with your eyelids clamped open, in a kind of Clockwork Orange/Dreamworks purgatory. I’m excited.

The Coraline soundtrack is principally the work of composer Bruno Coulais (yes, that Bruno Coulais… alright I hadn’t heard of him either, but he’s a composer and he sounds like French royalty so he probably knows what he’s doing), the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, and the Children’s Choir of Nice (that’s Nice the French city, as opposed to a nice choir of children), so this is no hack job either. The Hungarian Symphony Orchestra have got game. They know their stuff. Not just any old schlub gets to be in a symphony. You have to have your own instrument for starters, and there’s probably some training involved – these are pros.

Anyway, what I’m saying, in my facetious roundabout way, is that this is a fine piece of work, totally appropriate to the tone of the film (at least the tone that has been evoked by the film’s promotion). Twee but other-worldly, Disney playfulness with a hint of creepy menace, like a passive-aggressive music box. It sounds like it’s come straight out of Tim Burton’s private collection. I love it.

Oddly there’s also a cheery, and v.v.short, piano number from They Might Be Giants, the geek-styled alt-rock combo who have been knocking around since 1982 (the year I was born!) and did the theme tune to Malcolm In The Middle. And it fits beautifully (I’ve also just found out they did the theme song for The Daily Show, which has rocketed them up in my estimation).

I’ll wait until I’ve seen the film for a definitive conclusion, but pre-emptively the Coraline soundtrack seems right on the money. My only criticism is that, like many films with original scores, I can’t see much value in owning the soundtrack CD independent to the film, unless it’s to please your kids on long car journeys, but for skill, vision, appropriateness and execution, as a soundtrack and not as an album to sit on your shelf between Coldplay and The Coral, this is pretty much 10 out of 10.

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Coraline Soundtrack (Songs & Music) – Track Listing
1. End Credits – Bruno Coulais (01:54)
2. Dreaming – Bruno Coulais (02:20)
3. Installation – Bruno Coulais (02:28)
4. Wybie – Bruno Coulais (02:07)
5. Exploration – Bruno Coulais (02:01)
6. Other Father Song – They Might Be Giants (00:28)
7. The Supper – Bruno Coulais (01:31)
8. Bobinsky – Bruno Coulais (02:23)
9. Fantastic Garden – Bruno Coulais (01:34)
10. Coraline Fly – Bruno Coulais (00:24)
11. Trap For The Mices – Bruno Coulais (01:34)
12. Mice Circus – Bruno Coulais (01:27)
13. Dreams Are Dangerous – Bruno Coulais (01:27)
14. Sirens Of The Sea – Bruno Coulais (01:38)
15. In The Bed – Bruno Coulais (01:54)
16. Spink And Forcible – Bruno Coulais (00:33)
17. It Was Fantastic – Bruno Coulais (02:10)
18. Ghost Children – Bruno Coulais (01:28)
19. Let’s Go – Bruno Coulais (01:09)
20. Playing Piano – Bruno Coulais (02:48)
21. Wybie That Talks – Bruno Coulais (02:09)
22. Cocobeetles – Bruno Coulais (01:39)
23. Alone – Bruno Coulais (00:52)
24. Dangerous – Bruno Coulais (02:23)
25. Reunion – Bruno Coulais (01:10)
26. Coraline Dispair – Bruno Coulais (01:27)
27. The Theater – Bruno Coulais (01:33)
28. The Famous Mister B – Bruno Coulais (02:33)
29. You Know I Love You – Bruno Coulais (04:27)
30. Mechanical Lulluby – Bruno Coulais (02:24)
31. The Hand – Bruno Coulais (03:14)
32. The Party – Bruno Coulais (02:32)

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  • Shmemadoo said

    I love this already. This would be a perfect album for back ground noise while drawing and crafting.

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    • sam said

      i seen this months ago…..first time i seen it i thought it was fantastic and flawless…now i have it on DVD…and i paid more attention to the details like the music an i love it…i am obsessed with it i learned all of the words and read the book. it is so awesome i can watch the movie everyday i love it!

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  • Aleshia Alcox said

    Coraline is the best movie I have ever seen.
    They put it together flawlessly.
    And the music is perfect for the theme.
    This movie nocks the socks off all those other stupid animated movies such as Shark Tale or Finding Nemo.
    Coraline is officially my new favorite movie and always will be.

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  • Hester said

    I just saw the movie today, and I have to say I’m addicted to this soundtrack. I can’t wait till I can buy it.

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  • Louis-étoile said

    I love this soundtrack and the movie is amazing, but does anyone know what language the lyrics are in? it’s been bugging me. The only lyrics I can find are in English, but it doesn’t sound like English when they’re singing it. The song at the beginning of the movie I mean. German maybe? I heard it a little in track 3, 5 and 32.

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  • Brian said

    I know Bruno Coulais (composer) is French… so I’m inclined to say that the choir they used is French too. But the orchestra is also Hungarian, so I could be wrong… anyone able to confirm?

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  • wekrhkht said

    this movie was trippers scary weh.

    sucks compared to Burton.

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  • Emily said

    I saw the movie last night (Feb. 6th) and it was in 3D (which was amazing) and I have to say the movie wass very well put together and it was the best movie I have seen this year (Well the Dark Knight was up there too) and the music added more of a suspensful factor and it added something else but I cannot think of the word describe it. Overall an amazing movie and great soundtrack.

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  • agi said

    I saw the movie yesterday and it was wonderful. The music really added to creepy factor. I love it. All in all, very haunting.

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  • Louis-étoile said

    But I’ve been learning french for over three years and I didn’t understand a word they said. When I hear songs that I know are in french, I understand at least a third of it. Some songs I understand completely. I pride myself in my l33t French speaking/reading skillz. That would be quite a blow to my ego if I found out that song was in French and I couldn’t understand a word of it. I would be a sad panda.

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  • Anna said

    Well, the composer is French and the children’s choir was from Nice, a town in France, so it would make sense if it was French but I could be wrong.

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  • Jeneva said

    The singing isn’t in any language, it’s phoenetic nonsense. I’d still like to see the lyrics so I could sing along. 😉

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  • caleb said

    The theme for The Daily Show was written and originally performed by Bob Mould (of Husker Du and Sugar fame). Perhaps They Might Be Giants re-recorded it, but the original is his. Just thought you might like to know.

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  • mastiff said

    At least a section of the lyrics are French. I haven’t taken the time to really listen but there are recognizable French phrases at least in the End Credits. Just letting you guys know.

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  • Tori-Chan said

    i love this movie, eveyone should see it, youll love it

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  • Xtopher said

    This soundrack perfectly evokes the mood of the film, which I saw in 3D yesterday and totally loved. I also can’t figure out the lyrics, listen as I may, Sometimes it sounds like latin, other times as noted above german and french (not unlike Carmina Burana). In the track “Exploration” I hear the word “Felice” repeated, so who knows.

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