The music from The Hours stands perfectly on its own. Philip Glass' work is meditative, not necessarily calming, but capable of eliciting great emotion. It's easy to let yourself go and be taken over by the sweeping repetitions. I find it difficult to believe that some could find this boring, but listening to the quick soundbytes before buying will tell you whether you will enjoy this CD or not. If you want music that you can listen to while working, The Hours is what you're looking for. I side with reviewers who believe that this music fits the movie superbly, and it will fit in your personal collection just as well.