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Amélie [Soundtrack]

Yann Tiersen Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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1. J'y Suis Jamais Alle
2. Les Jours Tristes (instrumental)
3. La Valse D'Amelie
4. Comtine D'un Autre Ete: L'apres Midi
5. La Noyee
6. L'autre Valse D'Amelie
7. Guilty
8. A Quai
9. Le Moulin
10. Pas Si Simple
11. La Valse D'Amelie (orchestra version)
12. La Valse Des Vieux Os
13. La Dispute
14. Si Tu N'etais Pas La
15. Soir De Fete
16. La Redecouverte
17. Sur Le Fil
18. Le Banquet
19. La Valse D'Amelie (piano version)
20. LaValse Des Monstres

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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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Amelie: Original Soundtrack Recording

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Format:Audio CD
When one views Amelie for the first time, he or she is greeted with an unfamiliarly breath-taking cinematic experience. Not only are the script, acting performances and directing insightfully innovative and insanely delightful, but the musical overlay is absolutely out of this world. With that said, you can see why the film, Amelie, and, consequently, the incumbent original soundtrack, have sparked mind-bending numbers, not only in France, where it originally debuted, but across the globe, as well. From start to finish, the album reaches back, provocatively, to capture the grace and beauty of some of music's greatest eras (pre-1960s)-Piano, Latin, Classic Opera, Rag-time, and English folk make more-than-impressive appearances, to name just a few. What's more is how each track tends to naturally flow into the next, truly offering the listener a classy- utterly unheard of-selection of songs to be taken into. The instrumental selections, alone, presented here, are beyond comprehension and words, leaving one little reason to seek another musically enchanting prospective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Très Superbe! April 20 2003
By Rockeye
Format:Audio CD
My old french teachers would kill me for using such simple words, yet they speak truthfully of what I think of this cd! For having no vocals, this cd is amazing and reminds you of what France must look like. The collaboration of the piano, mandolin, accordian [lots of that one] and others are astonishing and perfect to listen to when you are in the creative mood.
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!
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3.0 out of 5 stars great music..........to hear during the movie. April 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
After watching amelie, I felt complelled to check out the soundtrack since I had thoroughly enjoyed the music of the film. However, I will say that while the music complements the movie quite nicely, it is a little too sparse and simple to hold my attention for long by itself. This is not the composer's falt, since he was writing music to add to the visual stimulation of the film. But to better suite the movie, there are also a number of variations on similar themes. This can get a bit repetative when listening to the songs one after the other. Still there is some good stuff on here (3 stars means this is still a good cd), tracks: 4,5,6,19,20 are some of the better ones. I also like the choise of instruments used and I'm sure this soundtrack appeals to many people. However, as a musician (although not professional) and a rather obsessed and diverse music listener, I'd much rather hear this music played during the movie and bump the pulp fiction/reservoir dogs cds when I'm in the mood for a soundtrack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Melodies d'Amelie Dec 9 2002
By DomFen
Format:Audio CD
If you like to tip toe through life and feel springtime when you hear magical tunes, glitter like moments then Amelie's melodies are made for you. Tiersen uses his academic knowledge and classical education to render simple, light hearted and twisted, sweetly entangled moments. If it were classic, it'd be a sturdy and organized Bach tinted with Mozart's lightness and Chopin's respectful poetry. Rythms twirl with accordeon made hip, fairy like bells and orchestral grandeur. The magic of this album is in its "blues" the melancholy of Parisian poetry. It takes you to Montmartre, poetic hillside of Paris, on the paved streets, illuminated by the old oil lamps. Paris has a deep soul, and this album reflects this through complex rythms and counter intuitive tunes. It keeps its freshness by surprising your kid like ears and leaves an impression of naive happiness long after you've decided that 10 times in a day for an album is enough...although you'd like to believe it with Amelies' melodies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even Stands Apart from the Movie July 16 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is more of a music/movie review. Amelie (by Jean-Pierre Juenet) is truly one of the best films I have ever seen. I bought the soundtrack specifically because I wanted to relive the general emotion and life of the movie. But now that I have the soundtrack itself, it has begun to have a life of it's own apart from the movie itself-it's that good!
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amaaazing
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 more
Published on Nov. 9 2011 by cath
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
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 more
Published on Dec 15 2007 by Aeneas
4.0 out of 5 stars bon, meme tres bon
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 by "alexuel25"
5.0 out of 5 stars So French, So perfect
'Total Film' called the film "simply perfect" and the soundtrack lives up to this review superbly. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by "honeydukes_superstar"
5.0 out of 5 stars A favoirte though moody
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 more
Published on July 2 2004 by W. Jamison
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic soundtrack (to the best movie ever)
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 more
Published on June 18 2004 by milap
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful!
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 more
Published on May 2 2004 by dustin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, magical
After seeing the movie and becoming obsessed with it, I set out to buy the sountrack. And to my delight, it captures the movies energy and atmosphere. Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by Serena
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful music
I love this CD! One of those you can just put in and hit "random" and let play through... every song is thoroughly enjoyable. Read more
Published on April 13 2004 by Michael T. Paff
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable score - in film order
Tiersen's music is a miraculous fit to this film, especially since the majority of it was written before the film was made. Read more
Published on March 29 2004 by James Luckard
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