March 12, 2004  
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Various Artists
The Triplets of Belleville
Les Amateurs / Production Champion

If you liked the song “Belleville Rendezvous” that was performed in full cabaret style at this year’s Academy Awards, you are sure to love The Triplets of Belleville soundtrack.

French composer Ben Charest wrote this brilliant, jazz-inspired score for the critically acclaimed film by Sylvain Chomet. From start to finish, the album demands your full attention. If you listen carefully, the soundtrack takes you on an emotional ride through the story of the film, where, in an effort to rescue her kidnapped son, a quirky grandmother must enlist the help of the famous singing triplets of Belleville.

The tracks are a mix of sombre laments and upbeat showtunes, which often incorporate unique sounds like vacuum cleaners, refrigerators and bicycle wheels. Highlights include the expressive “Atilla Martel,” the Elvis-inspired “Pa Pa Pa Palvas” and of course, the Oscar-nominated “Belleville Rendezvous.”

Instrumental tracks like “The Shadowing” and “The Chase” reveal Charest’s mastery of improvised, nightclub jazz. Even if you haven’t seen the film, The Triplets of Belleville is an album that can be enjoyed for its brilliant music.

—Claire Neary



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