I just bought the Once soundtrack today and am enjoying it immensely. Some of the tunes are so beautiful my wife and I have been calling them gorgeous. The blend of male and female vocals on such songs as Falling Slowly (it won the Oscar), If You Want Me, and My Mind's Made Up are just fantastic. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova sound great together.
Songs like these got me thinking today about how some of my favourite songs lately have been those with male/female duets on them. The harmonies are stellar and the songs are almost magical. Especially in those cases where you also have piano and guitar together.
Here are some of the best ones I could remember listening to lately. You can hear 30 second samples if you find them on iTunes.
Lazy Line Painter Jane - Belle and Sebastian - Push Barman to Open Old Wounds
Oh My Sweet Carolina - Ryan Adams (with Emmylou Harris) - Heartbreaker
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Johnny Cash (with Fiona Apple) - American IV
What Were the Chances - Damien Jurado (and Jenna Conrad) - And Now That I'm In Your Shadow
We Are Nowhere and Its Now - Bright Eyes (with Emmylou Harris again) - I'm Wide Awake Its Morning
Can you think of any others? Let me know because I'd love to hear them.