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This sunny comic fable from idiosyncratic director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (City of Lost Children, Alien Resurrection, Delicatessen) boasts any number of intimate charms, not the least of which is Yann Tiersen's warmly inviting score. Composer and multi-instrumentalist Tiersen's work and training may have masterfully encompassed classical, pop, and rock, but his delightful Amélie music proves he is slave to none. In this, his fourth soundtrack, Tiersen displays an impressive command of idiom and melodic subtlety that's rightfully drawn comparisons to the great Nino Rota. With a Paris-set story driven by blossoming love, the composer frequently leans on the familiar Parisian street accordion motif as a starting point. If that sounds clichéd, it's anything but; Tiersen's delicate touch incorporates Gypsy flourishes, classical string ensembles, electronics, stark and lovely solo piano, and even minimalist technique--often in the same charming cue. The result is music that manages to sound variously breezy, fresh, and contemporary, yet somehow comfortably familiar. Amélie is a warm, postmodernist score that never forgets where its heart lies. --Jerry McCulley
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I especially like Les Jours Trists, track 2, La Valse des Monstres, track 20, et Le Valse D'Amélie. They simply flowed well and were very rhythmic and very unique.
This music makes you feel as if you're walking down cobblestone streets of Paris and some guy is playing the accordian while people crowd around him, tossing coins before him. Well, enough of the fantasy, it is greatly magical and nowadays, this type of music can be quite difficult to find.
Anyway, buy it right now, from the wonderful ppl at amazon.com! You'll be happy you did and you cannot stop listening to it! In fact, I'm listening to it right now!
Amelie is arranged and written by French composer Yann Tiersen. Tiersen truly is a composer in that the music is "composed" not strummed blindly, or synthisized mechanically. The music is so vibrant and alive that you can't help but listen. What makes this soundtrack stand out is that it is a great album in and of itself, apart from the movie. There is such great variety in the each of the different pieces. If you've ever listened to other soundtracks, like Braveheart, Gladiator, Amistad, or the like, you notice that the songs are all done with the same instruments, and have the same sound, just different tempos, and you end up being very tired of it by the third or forth song. This just isn't true of Amelie. It is also not like "pop" soundtracks which are just a compilation of popular songs cleverly placed in the movie. The music is written specifically to describe Amelie herself and therefore the songs are quite diverse and yet distinctive. The music is like France itself, it is like Amelie's character. One French critic instucted all Americans, like an international diplomat, to see the movie "now!" because it gives one new optimism, passion for life, and love. How can I explain that the soundtrack does all of these things as well?
Admittedly, Tiersen somewhat plagerizes his own work by using the melody of some of his works (Les Jours Tristes) from his solo album (L'Absente, 2001) for this soundtrack.Read more ›
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I love this CD. I play it often . We used to carry it in our car, but it was accidentally broken about a month ago. Sad, but then I found it on Amazon, thanks guys!Published 4 days ago by Silt
Wonderful, whimsical, dreamy music that just brings you to a happier, lighter, sunnier place. Yann Tiersen is a musical virtuoso and this soundtrack proves it. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2011 by cath
Very nice cd, that brings many pleasant memories of the film. It captures the spirit of France and "paints" a musical landscape of France with the small villages, cabares, cafes... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2007 by Aeneas
c tout simplement du plaisir sur disque... un peu de joie, sans etre le disque a reecouter des million de fois:)Published on May 24 2005
'Total Film' called the film "simply perfect" and the soundtrack lives up to this review superbly. Read morePublished on July 19 2004
This soundtrack carries with it the mood of the movie both the up and the down. This is the feel good movie of the year music for atmosphere. Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by Amazon Customer
There's nothing like this music, really! its absolutely fantastic. It makes feel like doing a number of things, going to France, buying an accordion, etc. INSPIRATIONAL. Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by milap
This is a beautiful soundtrack. It goes from piano solo music to accordion music to 50s (maybe?) style French and English music. Very relaxing! Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by dustin