Amelie (includes Comptine d'un Autre Ete: L'Apres Midi)
Tiersen doesn't consider himself to be a composer of soundtracks and he's quite right.
A recording and touring artist in his own right, his music was chosen for Amelie by director Jean-Pierre Jeunet when he chanced on Tiersen's charming work. It's not hard to see why. The set and setting of Amelie is the personification of charm itself, a place where the city of Paris becomes less a heaving metropolis and more a place of magic for those seeking the redemptive and invigorating power of love. Fuelled by accordions, guitars, violins and any number of percussive instruments, the music contained herein was drawn from Tiersen's four studio albums. So, like the eponymous heroine, this soundtrack does much to introduce the listener to new sensations and pleasures. And how many soundtracks can claim to do that?
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