Le Phare

EMI France
Release date
14 Nov 2005
Running length
14 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Le Quartier 1:41 68,931
2 La Rupture 2:49 49,869
3 Monochrome 3:15 75,707
4 La Dispute 6:30 306,014
5 L'Arrivée Sur L'ile 1:03 4,172
6 La Noyée 2:01 273,694
7 Le Fromveur 1:20 56,423
8 L'homme Aux Bras Ballants 5:04 49,349
9 Sur le fil 4:25 320,496
10 Les Jours Heureux 2:09 39,882
11 La Crise 2:36 68,372
12 Les Bras De Mer 3:09 43,888
13 La Chute 5:36 45,448
14 L'effondrement 1:31 32,844

About this album

Le Phare (English: The Lighthouse) is the third album by French composer Yann Tiersen. This was the album putting him into the limelight, collaborating with distinguished French songwriter Dominique A (who wrote and provided vocals to both Monochrome and Les Bras de mer). Typical of Tiersen’s work, violin, mandolin, accordion and piano feature heavily, as well as some more unusual instrumentation including a bicycle wheel, typewriters and saucepans. Three songs from this album, La Dispute, La Noyee and Sur le fil were used later for Tiersen’s soundtrack for the film Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain. L’Homme aux bras ballants is also the soundtrack to a short film by the same name by Laurent Gorgiard.[1] Sur le fil has become a live favourite, normally only the violin section performed with great intensity, sometimes even breaking many hairs on the bow.[2]

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