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Composed, Arranged, Performed, and Produced by:
Yann Tiersen

Orchestral Performances by:
Orchestra Synaxis
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Virgin Records
(June, 2001)

Virgin Records
(November 6th, 2001)
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The French and American albums are regular retail products in their respective nations. Identical releases with different covers exist from Germany and Japan. The limited album in a cardboard sleeve with four additional cues is very difficult to find. All the albums were released in 2001.

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Buy it... if you seek a direct, culturally precise extension of the feel-good spirit of the film, with Yann Tiersen's whimsical waltzes and pretty solo performances matching the title character's innocence perfectly.

Avoid it... if you hear accordions in your nightmares, because their intimately dry and exuberant performances in this score could torture a person not accustomed to the stereotypical extremes of Parisian romance music.
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WRITTEN 12/30/09
Amélie: (Yann Tiersen) For a stretch of time in the late 1990's and early 2000's, the burgeoning arthouse scene gave birth to international distributions of hot foreign films that became the "flavor of the year" for American cinema goers. In late 2001, against formidable competition from major fantasy franchises, director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amelie Poulain achieved hyper-popularity in its native France, its name condensed to Amélie for its awards-garnering international run. For many outside of France, the film was audiences' introduction to actress Audrey Tantou, who plays a waitress with a mundane lifestyle in Paris until she stumbles upon a box of small, hidden treasures in her apartment that leads her on a voyage of discovery. Through her resulting selfless acts of kindness to others, she eventually meets a man who could possibly be her soulmate. The romance of Amélie is true to the Parisan setting, and few films can match this one's aptitude for capturing the essence of the ultimate feel-good story. The same description could likely apply to Yann Tiersen's score for Amélie, itself achieving significant and lasting popularity in response to the film. Tiersen was not primarily a composer of music for soundtracks at the time; rather, he was best known in Europe as a musician and recording artist with a striking ability to play a plethora of instruments himself. The director by chance heard a sampling of Tiersen's music in a production assistant's car and it shouldn't be surprising that a fair amount of the artist's existing material ended up tracked into the finished cut of Amélie. Since up to 60% of the music for the film came from his various albums from 1995 to 2001 ("La Valse des Monstres," "Rue des Cascades," "Le Phare," and "L'Absente"), the score was likely considered ineligible for an Oscar nomination, and this reliance upon previously available material is something of a disappointment. Fortunately, all of Tiersen's music acquired for this film falls into familiar instrumental patterns, so those unfamiliar with his works will likely not know the difference. What they will learn immediately is that Amélie is the kind of score that will strongly divide listeners based upon ethnic comfort zones and, of course, an affinity for the film. Thus, while the score has a very devoted following (and has been compared, though not very accurately, to the music of Geroges Delerue), it could conceivably drive some listeners absolutely nuts.

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2001 American and French Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 54:45
• 1. J'y Suis Jamais Alle (1:34)
• 2. Les Jours Tristes (Instrumental) - written by Yann Tiersen and Neil Hannon (3:33)
• 3. La Valse d'Amelie (2:15)
• 4. Comptine d'Un Autre Ete: L'Apres Midi (2:20)
• 5. La Noyee (2:03)
• 6. L'Autre Valse d'Amelie (1:33)
• 7. Guilty - written by G. Khan, R.A. Whiting, and H. Akst (3:13)
• 8. A Quai (3:32)
• 9. Le Moulin (4:27)
• 10. Pas Si Simple (1:52)
• 11. La Valse d'Amelie (Version Orchestre) (2:00)
• 12. La Valse des Vieux Os (2:20)
• 13. La Dispute (4:15)
• 14. Si Tu n'etais Pas La (Frebel) - written by P. Bayle and G. Claret (3:29)
• 15. Soir de Fete (2:55)
• 16. La Redecouverte (1:13)
• 17. Sur le Fil (4:23)
• 18. Le Banquet (1:31)
• 19. La Valse d'Amelie (Version Piano) (2:38)
• 20. La Valse des Monstres (3:39)
2001 Limited Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 61:36

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The inserts of the retail albums include no extra information about the score or film. The limited product exists in a cardboard sleeve with significant advertisements regarding the bonus material on the exterior.
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