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5.0 out of 5 stars
Just....perfect, 21 May 2003
It took me a while to get around to watch the film, so long in fact, that I was already familiar with the soundtrack (much of which appears on his other albums), having fallen in love with Yann Tiersen's work a couple of months before. As a result, I had a much greater awareness of the soundtrack and the effect that it had.
Very Gallic in its sound, it uses what could be considered 'traditional' French-sounding instruments, such as the accordion and the harpsichord, along with a plethora of others (the banjo, bass guitar, vibraphone, and of course, the piano), and a couple of unusual ones too. The concept of using the tapping of a typewriter to keep the beat ('Pas Si Simple') and ending a song with the gentle clicking wind of a bicycle wheel ('La Dispute') may seem very odd ones, but are strangely effective, and along with the rest of this beautifully-crafted soundtrack, are highly evocative of the world that the film entices the audience into.
Two of the tracks were not written by Yann Tiersen ('Guilty' and 'Si Tu N'Etais Pas La'), but with their dreamy-sounding vocals, these 1930s-esque tracks not only fit in very well with the tone of the album, they make you want to get up and dance with someone.
Standout tracks for me on this CD are the bouncy 'J'y Suis Jamais Alle' and 'Le Valse Des Monstres', the melancholy 'Le Moulin' and 'Comptine D'Un Autre Ete' and the simply perfect 'La Valse d'Amelie'.
Listen to this album a few times and it will get under your skin. This is one of my favourite soundtracks of all time, both as accompaniment to a brilliant film and as an original, captivating piece of its music in its own right. It doesn't matter whether you see the film before listening to the soundtrack, or vice versa, as long as you do both.