February 23, 2011

Yann Tiersen


Yann Tiersen's the guy responsible for the Amelie soundtrack and he was at the Phoenix, a Toronto concert hall. I guess I'm living in a fantasy world but I set out tonight expecting joyful, uplifting music. But I got a pile of boring crap. Tiersen played a theme from Amelie during the encore at double speed for about 12 seconds. I thought that was an insolent way to treat the material that made his name.

I was so looking forward to it but it almost wrecked my memories of the movie.  He may be tired of constantly reprising the pieces from the film but that's what I wanted.


Alistair said...

What a shame. I've been to a few disappointing concerts and it's hard to give an artist a second chance when that happens even if you do stick by their albums etc. It must be heard to play the same concert every night but he shouldn't have ignored what gave him the bulk of his popularity. Concerts after all aren't given for the artist but for the fans.

I love his music and would have felt miffed at being cheated too having made the effort and taken the expense to get there.

Tess Kincaid said...

Sounds like Yann was a yawn.

Mya.L said...

Yann Tiersen is not as good as he used to. He completely changed direction a few years ago, I'm not into his new stuff at all. His best albums (before the Amélie soundtrack, but in the same style) are "Rue des cascades" and "Le phare". Get them, they are beautiful.

le chat said...

Sorry to hear that Yann Tiersen was disappointing and not so sorry i miss him last year in Vancouver. Joni Mitchell never tire of her music, she invents something new every time. le chat

Diane said...

I feel your pain.

The Clever Pup said...

Yes, his music obviously has changed direction. He is still multi-talented, piano, fiddle, guitar, accordion, although no accordion on Tuesday night. But his music was tuneless and dark. Had a good time out with my husband anyhow.

Very funny Tess

mel said...

i understand what you mean.
it was a lot harder sounding than i had ever expected, even though i had heard the dust lane album in advance too.
have you heard the soundtrack to "Goodbye Lenin?"
He did that too, it's a more somber film, but i like it a lot.
what did you think of the opening band?

The Clever Pup said...

Mel, I have seen Goodbye Lenin and recognized one piece from the Amelie Soundtrack. I can't remember the name of the opening act but they were more involved with the audience. The whole evening was kind of confusing: people near me thought the opening act was Tiersen and they were about to leave. They were kissing so much they wouldn't have noticed anything!! I really hated that Tiersen said nothing to the audience. I left during the encore.