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Skyline [CD]

Yann Tiersen Audio CD
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Guillaume Yann Tiersen (born 23 June 1970) is a French musician and composer. His music is recognized by its use of a large variety of instruments in relatively minimalist compositions, often with a touch of either European classical music or French folk music, using primarily the piano, accordion or violin together with instruments like the melodica, xylophone, toy piano, ondes martenot, ... Read more in Amazon's Yann Tiersen Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mute Artists
  • ASIN: B005F78W4Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Skyline is Yann Tiersen’s seventh studio album, and sees Tiersen taking a confident step forward, cementing the sound of its darker sister, the critically acclaimed Dust Lane, which was released almost exactly 12 months previously. Skyline was recorded between Paris, San Francisco & and Ouessant a tiny island off the coast of West Britanny and mixed by Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, M83, David Bowie, Psychic TV). As always the music stems from Tiersen, whose long periods of recording alone are broken with spells with input from a cast of musicians. An array of vintage synths add billowing, analogue textures, electric guitars and bass bring layers of fuzz and distortion. Songs slip from their moorings, take off on new and unexpected currents.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing 22 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I adore the summer breeze of "Les Retrouvailles" and the beautiful autumnal tones of Dust Lane - but Skyline just isn't that engaging. Disapointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful yet sweet 3 Nov 2011
By MrSkull
Format:Audio CD
Yann Tiersen's music has always been much more than meets the eye (ear). Immersive and cohesive, Skyline is a very logical growth and continuation from Dust Lane, a progression into what some might describe as a new musical style for the artist. Definitely a must for anyone that likes good music - his sounds transcend any genre and that's very rare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A grower 17 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
This album heralds a further move away from the soundtracks for which Tiersen is arguably best known in the UK, especially that of Amelie. There are still many of the little melodic twitches that are recognisably Ameliesque but it appears that YT is determined to get just about evcery sound avilable to him on this album so we have thrashing guitars a plenty, clashing cymbals, esoteric synth noises and to be fair more than a soupcon a gentle melodic interludes. With a more Germanic feel than his usual "French" sound this album harks back to the likes of Can and Neu but it also has echoes of more modern synth based material such as M83 which is not suprise as the latter shares the same producer.

This album will maybe shock someone expecting something nicey nicey and make no mistake this is a challenging oferring at times but it definitely rewards repeated listening and I urge you to give it a try.
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4.0 out of 5 stars more like a 'dust lane' evolution, and less like 'amelie' 12 Nov 2011
By Mindful Consumer - Published on
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
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 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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as Dust Lane! 8 Jun 2012
By Miki scott - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This album is amazing, but you have to listen to it more than once to really appreciate all the songs. It really is amazing what he did on this album in a few months! Get this album too!!!!!!!!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great companion album to "Dust Lane." 31 Aug 2012
By Radio Crow - Published on
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album, and Yann Tiersen's previous release, "Dust Lane," gave me a thrill similar to hearing a brand new Pink Floyd record for the first time, back in the 70's. Fantastic layers of music and sound textures with a nice balance of Rock. Enjoyed listening to the two albums, one after the other.Dust Lane
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dust Lane is better but this isn't bad. 7 Sep 2012
By Opinion Nobody Asked You To Agree With - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Something about Dust Lane that's more "catchy" and memorable. But yeah, good companion to that release but just not as good imho.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Swine after pearls 27 Jan 2013
By Keith Cox - Published on
Format:Audio CD
"...explorations of rock and progressive sonics with a cinematic palette..."??? (yawn)

Sequenced and sampled sounds, repeated until your brain freezes over--is infinitely easier than actually playing a musical instrument. And more cost effective too. At that periodic "starving artists" sell off in your town, there's a reason for "original oil paintings, no painting more than $49!!!" It's because no piece cost the artist more than ten dollars in effort and materials.

Same here. Composing and playing real, lasting music like `L'Absente', `Rue Des Cascades", "Tabarly", etc. is hard work. A bucket full of sampling and sequencing masked in a pretense of "creativity" is not.

People vote with their feet. When a new, "groundbreaking" piece is sold used for pennies on the dollar days after it's release--it's not because the "commoners" can't comprehend it. It's because they do comprehend it's really nothing but momentary dance club fodder. Soon to be replaced by <name any current dance club artist here>.

On the (questionably) bright side, Yawn (not a typo) Tiersen will be able to live comfortably on the royalties from the music he no longer plays... 8-(

Amazon should include the option to rate things with negative numbers...
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