first of all, i've never reviewed an album before, so please bear with me.
many (perhaps most) of yann tiersen's fans became familiar with him from his soundtrack to the film 'amelie.' the score consisted of mostly pre existing compositions, and the result was unforgettable. i think it is the moment most of us fell in love with yann.
as much as i miss the early yann sound, i like the fact that he is changing as an artist and going the route he feels drawn to at the moment. he makes music that moves him, and i admire that greatly.
'dust lane' was a very different sound from any of his other work, and drastically so from its predecessor, 'les retrouvailles.' i didn't know how to feel about 'dust lane' at first, but after seeing him perform the tracks live, i started to appreciate them more.
all that being said, i found myself wondering when i listened to 'skyline.' on one hand, there are little elements that harken back to his early work, but these moments are few and far between. most of the tracks seem like a further foray on the 'dust lane' trail. as much as i love his music, i found myself having to try to enjoy this music...instead of simply enjoying it. perhaps if he tours this album and i am able to see it, i will appreciate the album more, however at this time...it is one of my least favorite albums of yann.
all of the tracks i would consider to be 'ambient' music (with some light vocals here and there). there are an array of instruments, but mostly synthetic sounds and guitar.
i find the one track i loved right off the bat was 'another shore.' it feels epic and moving...feelings his music has usually given me in the past.
i give this album three stars for how much i currently enjoy it, however i rated it four stars because it is still excellent and i love that he follows whatever sounds he hears or feels at that time.
the vinyl arrived perfectly and i was pleasantly surprised to find a copy of the cd enclosed as well! a wonderful bonus that i was able to upload to itunes with no problems.
if you are looking for sounds of the early 'amelie' period, you may be disappointed with 'skyline.' if you are looking for a more 'dust lane' sound, i think you will quite enjoy this album.
long live vinyl!