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Jean-Michel Jarre


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4.01 | 238 ratings

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4 stars A real step up from his previous album, JARRE'S 'Equinoxe' is a broader album with true progressive sensibilities: beauty, grandeur, complexity and humour.

'Oxygene', JARRE'S breakthrough album, was a pastiche of simple tunes bound together by synth tricks. This album is much more cohesive, the synths are crisper and the sounds more experimental. JARRE takes risks here, especially in Parts 1 and 4, and in every case they pay off. He's alos overcome some of the problems created by the inherently sterile sounds of synthesisers; the section near the end of the album with the band in the rain, for example, humanises the album, an essential requirement to warm any purely instrumental record.

He was to follow this with another studio album not unlike this and the last; and then decide he'd had enough, switching to experimental mode for 'Zoolook'. Of the three studio albums between 1976 and 1981, I find this much the most compelling. Start your JARRE collection here.

russellk | 4/5 |


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