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4 stars Jean Michel-Jarre returns to one of his greatest well known albums Equinoxe released in 1978. 40 years later in 2018 he presents us with Equinoxe Infinity.

It opens with an atmospheric spacey wash of Mellotrons and synths The Watchers (Movement 1) and this segues into Flying Totems (Movement 2) with a majestic herald of trumpet synth melody. Things get nice and up tempo with Robots Don't Cry (Movement 3) that has a great percussion sound and very cool melody, along with his trademark Oxygene breathing sounds. This is one of my favourite JMJ tracks.

All That You Leave Behind (Movement 4) follows, with sparkling synths and a measured analogue keyboard and whale screeching synth sounds. The atmosphere is intense here and is augmented by spacey swirls and drones. It breaks into a glorious high pitched synth tune with buzzsaw synths layered beneath. If The Wind Could Speak (Movement 5) is a short 1 and a half minute transition with other worldly vocals and a strange melody.

Infinity (Movement 6) is extremely different with vocal intonations, and a very pronounced dance rhythm. It is a pop dance track, and a step in another direction for the Jarre catalogue. Really it sounds like something from 2 Unlimited or a techno group; I prefer it if JMJ steer clear of this style as it is a bit out of place on this album.

Machines Are Learning (Movement 7) is a short piece and it is back to business with a fabulous sequencer maintaining a steady pace and more vocals that are more robotic. I love the rhythms and how they progress seamlessly to The Opening (Movement 8), a hypnotic beat consistently building with grandiose melodic keyboards.

Don't Look Back (Movement 9) is a jumpy track with cello synths and echoing glockenspiel sounds. It gains in pace and then is joined by deep groaning synths and hypno trance beat and those swishing spacey washes.

Équinoxe Infinity (Movement 10) is a 7 and a half minute piece with very patient synths building gradually with a spacey ethereal atmosphere. The music is wet with splashes and waves as a mesmiric tempo ensues.

The album is unlike anything found on the original Equinoxe, so it is perplexing as to how this is a sequel, though I would say it is simply attempting to build on the success of the first. Overall it is an energetic and synth heavy lively release that has a lot of terrific music scattered here and there. Some moments are not up to standard but it is still a very spacey atmospheric album, and one that tends to grow on you on each listen.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 4/5 |


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