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The Triplets Of Belleville Soundtrack

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TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE (OST)

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Taking the cue for its visual conception from sources as diverse as British cartoonist Gerald Scarfe and the antic, rubbery surrealism of Tex Avery's Warner Bros. Cartoons of the 30's, this madcap caper from French writer/director Sylvain Chomet is one of the most delightfully skewed animated films in recent memory. Scoring such a thorough original is no easy task, but composer/musician Benoit Charest has more than risen to the occasion. Charest manages to evoke the loopy musical spirit of legendary Warner and Disney animation legend Carl Stalling in an entirely new context, fusing the score's snappy, predominantly le hot jazz mindset with everything from hip-hop and Bach (credited her as "Jean Sebastien") to the Italian opera farrago "Cieco Cieco Barber" and 1960s proto-surf-rock of "Pa Pa Pa Palavas." But that conceptual stew isn't the least of Charest's delightful surprises, as he giddily infuses it with his own Django-esque guitar stylings and a hodge-podge of "found" rhythmic instruments that include bicycle wheels, refrigerator shelves and a vacuum cleaner; surely there must be a kitchen sink buried in the mix somewhere. The result is a score that uses tradition as but a launching pad for one of the most rewarding and delightfully original animated scores in recent memory. -- Jerry McCulley
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 27, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Higher Octave
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • ASIN: B000168ACI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,978 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By ewomack TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It's a great surprise to go to a movie with absolute zero Kelvin expectations and be completely blown away. It's also as rare as mutual physical attraction. Here's what happened: A friend told me that he had free passes to "...a weird animation... apparently there's only grunting and French or something..." a teaser that was not, but I'm never one to turn down free animation, so I went and I've been singing "Belleville Rendez-vous" fervently ad infinitum ever since.
The music is just as incredible as the animation, and together the effect is almost overwhelming. I was a little worried that the music would not hold up without the images. Fortunately, I was completely stupid in this case. This CD stands on its own and allows viewers of the film to realize the priceless contribution of the soundtrack. There's lots of mellow jazz and skippy rhythms, and the music will evoke scenes from the movie. In some cases the music on the CD runs longer than the music did in the movie, and that's no bad thing.
The CD is overloaded with the film's central song "Belleville Rendez-vous". There are at least six versions of that song on this CD (depending on how one counts them). All of them are different enough to justify their presence. A surprisingly good track is what is called the "demo" for the song; it has great quality and is somewhat more acoustic sounding than the other versions.
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Triplets of Belleville soundtrack and Belleville Rendevous are the same disc. The first is the USA version and the second is the UK version - the playlists are identical. They are being offered here as a two disc deal, but unless you're some sort of completist, this is no deal. I advised Amazon of this.
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From the opening sounds of "Under the Bridge," featuring car horns and bicycle spokes, you realize that this is no ordinary soundtrack album. It's full of French-flavored jazz, such as "Jazzy Bach" and "Belleville Jungle," with a pop song called "Attila Marcel" (sung by the incredible Béatrice Bonifassi), some catchy, kitschy songs such as "'Cieco Cieco' Barber" and "Pa Pa Pa Palavas," and the infectious, 1920's-flavored "Belleville Rendez-Vous."
Written by Benoît Charest ,"Belleville Rendez-Vous" is the most recognizable song from the film, having earned a deserved Oscar nomation and appearing on the album in numerous versions: French, English, Demo, instrumental and as a theme. The album also includes many samples of Charest's unique score, from the plaintive "Bruno's Theme" (with a solo, sad accordian) to the use of a refrigerator, a vacuum and other unusual instruments for "Cabaret Hoover." It's a wonderful album that evokes the look and feel of the film.
A hidden track also appears at the very end. For anyone who has seen the movie, it's definitely a pleasant surprise.
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The Triplets of Belleville is a very eccentric movie which I loved. It takes a mature audience to not be completely overwhelmed by the film's sheer genious. But don't let thet scare you! The film is funny, exciting, and totally unlike anything you've ever seen. The soundtrack is even better.

With a cool combination of Django Reinhardt guitar, cabaret singing, and french surf music, Ben Charest has managed to create an original collection of music that satisfies all kinds of listeners.

The title song of the soundtrack is one of the best (it was deservedly nominated for an oscar), and all the rest of the tracks centralize around it. Sung in tight three part harmony with catchy lyrics (in both french and english), 'the triplets of belleville' songs (there are four total on the cd), are enough to make anybody want to get up and start dancing. Another fun thing about this soundtrack is the presence of source music coming from vaccum cleaners, refrigerators, newpapers, tire wheels and more! (I admit, the vaccum makes more sense if you've seen the movie- so do so!) The singers in the vocal pieces are fantastic, and make up for the lack of dialogue in the film. The instrumental pieces completely set the mood for the wide range of sences the film has- from the tour de france to a gangsters hideout.

This is the perfect kind of music for a person wanting to expand their music intake. While listening to this, you get a taste of all kinds of music that are unfortunately underplayed. Hope you enjoy!
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We received the "Triplets of Belleville" soundtrack as a late addition to our March in-store play. About thirty seconds after I put the CD into our carousel player, I was dumbfounded: the most discordant, strange noise crackled over our store speakers--a bizarre melody of a refrigerator, vacuum cleaner and bicycle spokes. What *was* this? (I didn't see the film until a couple of days ago, at which point it all made sense).
"This" was the amazing soundtrack to "Les Triplettes de Belleville," a joint French-Québécois animated feature about Madame Souza and her orphaned grandson Champion, who dreams of becoming a bicyclist in the prestigious Tour de France. When Champion is kidnapped by the Mafia and spirited away to Belleville (a synthesis of Paris, New York and Montréal), Madame Souza enlists the help of the Triplets of Belleville, an aging jazz-era vocal group.
The film's soundtrack reflects the jazz stylings of Django Reinhart (Belleville Rendez-Vous (there are three versions: French, demo and English (performed by -M-, and the film was nominated for an Oscar for best song), Jazzy Bach), along with melancholy French café accordion music (Attila Marcel, sung by the amazing Béatrice Bonifassi, and Bruno's Theme), French surf music (Pa Pa Palavas, performed by the film's composer, Benoît Charest), opera ("Cieco Cieco" Barber), and spy-style chase songs (French Mafia Theme, The Shadowing, The Chase).
I would have enjoyed the soundtrack more if it had been listed as it appeared in the movie, though. Also, the gorgeous "Kyrie Eleison" from Mozart's Mass in C Minor was left off. But the nineteen tracks (and one hidden track) are a wonderful mixture of old and new, jazz and Parisian café, delightfully quirky and guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Vive la différence!
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