Yann Tiersen
Le fabuleux destin d'Amelie Poulain


5.0
classic

Review

by Marzuki USER (7 Reviews)
June 29th, 2012 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Maybe I'm right, maybe I'm wrong, loving you dear like I do. If it's a crime, then I'm guilty, guilty of loving you.

Yann Tiersen – ‘Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain’ Soundtrack
Review by Marzuki




I’m thrilled to say that I’ve been to Paris before. Just writing this brings back a flood of memories, mostly romanticized perhaps, but very vivid indeed. And not just the usual suspects – the Tour Eiffel, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre Dame Cathedral. Besides that, the little peculiarities of the place – the small markets selling second hand books, the buskers, and yes the beggars as well. What a city Paris is!

At the time, I believe I was vaguely familiar with the soundtrack to Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain. I hadn’t given it a full listen though, definitely not the one it deserved. When I picked up the soundtrack for a proper listen, I had not seen the film (I have yet to rectify this). At the time I first listened to Amélie , I was going through a lot of soundtracks. Mainly because of the mood a good soundtrack can create. Thanks to Monsieur Tiersen, I believe that gold has been struck.

OK, I’m getting ahead of myself. Here goes the disclaimer – I am ferociously biased in favour of this music. I think, quite frankly, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever had the honour to listen to. Anything negative that can be heard here, has been lost in my overwhelming love for this thing.
I’m not going to do a track-by-track, because honestly if you gave me any song off Amélie I’d put my feet up and sigh warmly. I’m just going to pick out some of the ones I love most:

‘La Valse d’Amelie’ – Tiersen’s soulful, rich accordion takes us on a ride, accompanied by little else except some tinkly noises. Just after the 1:30 mark, some simple percussion starts, and then everything blows up into rainbows.

‘Sur Le Fil’ – A beautiful piano piece, drenched in melancholy. It’s not a wretched, depressed kind of sadness though – this is majestic and noble sadness. Exquisite.

‘A Quai’ – An upbeat piece of music, this puts an image in my mind of running through Paris at night (joyfully, of course). I’d attempt to pick apart the instrumentation, which is built up of lovingly layered different things, but I can’t be bothered. Take it as it is.

‘Comptine d'un autre été : L'après-midi’ – Besides hearing one of the best pieces of piano in recent memory, you can also hear my heart melting on this track.

If Amélie the film is even half as good as its soundtrack, then it’s a pretty brilliant film. I will grudgingly acknowledge that this album is pretty formulaic with its highs and lows, but that detracts nothing from the music. Listen to ‘The Banquet’ and tell me your heart is not now touching the ceiling.

This review has drained me to write, but in a good way. If you have a soul and a pair of ears, you will fall in love with Amélie.

Colour: Deep, rich, bright red
Rating: Classic, 10
Recommended: Oui



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taylormemer
June 29th 2012


4953 Comments


I usually end up playing Sur Le Fil on piano when I want to just relax. The music is graceful foreshadowed by a somewhat brooding and syncopated E, it's rather beautiful and indeed very melancholic.

Colour idea is interesting. I personally don't see any of those colours when listening through this though.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2012


4458 Comments


We see this film in one of our film classes, I loved this movie.

Marzuki
June 29th 2012


29 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

The colour is a very subjective estimate. I try to match it to the overall emotion of the album as a whole.

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
June 29th 2012


1477 Comments


Movie is classy. Haven't seen it for years so can't really remember the s/t.
May have to right that.

Rastapunk
June 29th 2012


769 Comments


By the way we say Monsieur in French :D.

Nice review though although I disagree with your opinion on Paris... I guess if you don't live there and stay on the touristic places it's cool, but by experience, living in Paris sucks. Or is it I'm just a mountain lover :D

KILL
June 29th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gay movie nah its gd

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omnipanzer
June 29th 2012


21660 Comments


"I had not seen the film (I have yet to rectify this)."
Tsk-tsk, you really need to to understand the full ambiance of the soundtrack. This is a delightful soundtrack and I'm glad you liked it.

Review was quaint, have a very mémoire POS



Marzuki
June 29th 2012


29 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

@Rastapunk: Whoops! I'm supposed to be learning French too, don't know how that slipped past! Obviously I was in Paris for just a week so I had a tourists' point of view.

@omnipanzer: Yeah yeah yeah, I'm going to watch it eventually. I'll take quaint as a real compliment, merci beaucoup

Adabelle
June 29th 2012


4260 Comments


I still haven't got round to seeing the film either but maybe I can still play La Valse D'Amelie on piano, idk

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2012


19063 Comments


great soundtrack, comptine d'un autre is wonderful

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2012


10382 Comments


Lovely movie, soundtrack, and review too

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ZedO
June 29th 2012


1096 Comments


cool

FourthReich
July 17th 2012


18135 Comments


"Comptine D'Un Autre Ete L'Apres Midi" may be one of the best pieces of music i have ever heard..

YankeeDudel
January 21st 2013


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

never saw the movie but great album

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Tyrael
January 21st 2013


20972 Comments


It's a great movie man, I recommend you watch it

YankeeDudel
January 21st 2013


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea i will one of these days fer sher

Keyblade
January 21st 2013


15394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

mmmh

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Underflow
March 19th 2013


2675 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So at the behest of Keyblade, I just gave this a spin. Good stuff!

FourthReich
March 19th 2013


18135 Comments


it is indeed love me some piano

Keyblade
March 19th 2013


15394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yay underflow. sweet av too



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