Le Phare

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Le Phare
Studio album by
Released20 February 1998
LabelIci, d'ailleurs...
Yann Tiersen chronology
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Le Phare (English: The Lighthouse) is the third studio album by French composer Yann Tiersen. This was the artist's breakthrough album.[1] He collaborated with distinguished French songwriter Dominique A (who wrote and provided vocals to both "Monochrome" and "Les Bras de mer"). It is typical of Tiersen's work for violin, mandolin, accordion and piano to feature heavily. Also a trademark feature of his style is unusual instrumentation, including a bicycle wheel, typewriters and saucepans. Three songs from this album, "La Dispute", "La Noyée", 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.[2] "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.[3]


Professional ratings
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Track listing

All tracks are written by Yann Tiersen except track #12, "Les Bras de mer", written by Dominique A.

No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Le Quartier" 2:01
2."La Rupture"Claire Pichet2:49
3."Monochrome"Dominique A3:16
4."La Dispute" 4:14
5."L'Arrivée sur l'île" 1:03
6."La Noyée" 2:23
7."Le Fromveur" 1:20
8."L'Homme aux bras ballants" 5:05
9."Sur le fil" 7:28
10."Les Jours heureux" 2:10
11."La Crise" 1:37
12."Les Bras de mer" (written by Dominique A)Dominique A3:10
13."La Chute" 5:48
14."L'Effondrement" 1:32
Total length:43:56


This also contains all the instruments used on the album.[5][6]


Chart (1998) Peak
French Albums Chart[7] 50

Certifications and sales

Region CertificationCertified units/sales
France (SNEP)[8] Gold 100,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

According to Music for New Zealand the album has sold over 160,000 copies. [9]


  1. "Yann Tiersen". All Tomorrow's Parties.
  2. L'Homme aux bras ballants on YouTube
  3. Yann Tiersen-sur le fil in madrid 2006 on YouTube
  4. Le Phare at AllMusic
  5. Le Phare (Media notes). Yann Tiersen. Nancy, France: Ici, d'ailleurs... 1998.CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. Le Phare at Discogs (list of releases)
  7. "Yann Tiersen - Le Pahre". lescharts.com. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  8. "French compilation certifications – Yann Tiersen – Le Phare" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  9. "Music for New Zealand Years 9 & 10". Cambridge. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
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