I know nothing of the language of music to faithfully describe the pieces on this soundtrack. I do, however,love soundtracks and this one faithfully transcribes the happy champaigne-bubbly feeling of the movie and its actress, Tatou,into the poetry of sound. Each track blends well with the next offering the listener an entire CD of Parisian quarkiness and playful pleasure. Amelie's waltz makes me want to stand up and whirl while the rest urges me to take up accordian playing and wind out these musical dreams like a happy organ grinder on a street corner. If you want to recapture the happy charming feel of the movie, do, by all means, by the soundtrack, a bottle of good French wine and a crusty loaf---ENJOY!
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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 delightfulAméliemusic 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 greatNino 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.Amélieis a warm, postmodernist score that never forgets where its heart lies.--Jerry McCulley