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Jean-Michel Jarre


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1 stars Hollow at the core

Like Jean Michel Jarre's 1976 breakthrough album Oxygene, Rendez-Vous too features our beloved planet Earth on the front cover. The dark and alarming image of a human skull appearing from underneath the Earth's disintegrating crust has however been replaced by a pic of a hollow earth decorated by a pair of lipstick-covered lips over a pink background! This change of visual aesthetic is actually very similar to the change in musical direction! Again like on Oxygene, Rendez-Vous features six pieces all of them called Rendez-Vous; First Rendez- Vous, Second Rendez-Vous, etc. finishing off with the dull lounge-Jazz of Last Rendez-Vous. Apart from this last one and the more commercial Fourth Rendez-Vous, there is very little distinguishing the six pieces and they all float together into one nebulous soundscape.

If there is a distinction to be made between listening to music and merely hearing music, the present album is certainly one for hearing only. While this might be pleasant background music, it is wholly uneventful and predictable. Apart from the aforementioned Fourth Rendez-Vous there are no melodies as such to speak of here and this particular tune is rather trite and unexciting with thin synth sounds and an overly simple melody.

Needless to say this is not my cup of tea and I can only recommend it to people with a strong special interest in Jean Michel Jarre and similar artists.

SouthSideoftheSky | 1/5 |


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