Two-time Oscar-nominated Alexandre Desplat is one of the most exciting composers. The Frenchman who created the musical backdrops for The Golden Compass, The Queen and Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium continually surprises moviegoers with emotional tunes that enrich the entire movie experience. With David Finch's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Desplat decided to double the aural pleasure by putting the original score on a separate disc to the songs. This gives two very distinct but equally gratifying CDs that grip and warm the heart. The first disc is a captivating 60-minute performance by an 87-piece orchestra. The haunting score features occasional harp, saxophone, harmonica and accordion solos. The final section, Benjamin and Daisy, is captivating enough to merit repeat plays. Disc two recreates the movie's most magical moments. It opens with a celebratory marching band, followed by trumpet-heavy, jazzy dance numbers. Two Louis Armstrong tracks are included: If I Could Be with You (One Hour Tonight) and Dear Old Southland. The biggest surprises are the powerful Chanson sur Staline, The Platters' classic My Prayer, and African big band piece Skokiaan.