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The 20 Soundtracks That Defined The 2000s
The sounds of a dark knight, a mischievous Parisian, a troubled family and one flying house

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Amelie – Yann Tiersen (2001)


Composer: Yann Tiersen
Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet was planning to approach Michael Nyman to score his modern fairy-tale Amélie when he was struck by the CD his production assistant had just put on in his car. He was so impressed with what he was hearing, he bought the performer’s entire back catalogue and commissioned him to compose some new pieces for the film. The resulting Amélie soundtrack — a gorgeously whimsical blend of accordion, piano, typewriter and bicycle wheel — put composer Yann Tiersen on a whole new level; much to his surprise, he was even lauded as the ‘Gallic Michael Nyman’. Not bad for a project he’d initially found irksome: “I was working on [my next album] L’Absente,” he shrugged, “and I told [Jeunet] I didn’t have a lot of time…”

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