I must say that my expectations for this soundtrack were very, very high because my affection for the source material is so strong. Howard Shore has the capacity for greatness (Lord of the Rings) and for sensitivity and sublimated emotion (Doubt). With Hugo, he brings his sensitive brand of grandeur into the heart of 1930's Paris, with all its wonder, romance, poverty, desperation and glamour all mixed together. If you have loved the pictorial novel on which this was based (as I have), then this music will send you back to the book with pleasure--all the sounds somehow evoke the music that I wanted in my mind but didn't know how to express. Lucky for us, Howard Shore does know how to express it. French cabaret music blends and informs the orchestral writing, and the wonderful "Coer Volant" realizes this in a simple yet grand waltz. Zaz (the delightful Isabelle Geffroy)has a voice of perfection--velvety, rich, smooth and so so perfect here. A wonderful gem of a soundtrack for a wonderful gem of a story.