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RENDEZ-VOUS

Jean-Michel Jarre

 

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3.39 | 71 ratings

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4 stars After the experimental "Zoolook" album, Jarre turned a bit back to his classic 76-78 era sound with "Rendez-Vous". This one might be even more floating, spacey and accessible, sadly it's very short, lasting only a few seconds over 35 minutes and remains as one of Jarre's shortest releases. But that doesn't stop this album from beign great, several tracks here works extremely well, and the atmosphere and mood give an impression of beign in space and floating around in the air. It's very interesting to listen too, especially when you think of it at the same time. Works extremely well.

The album changes from happy to sad and depressing. "Rendez-Vous Part 6" is a perfect example of the latter statement, this moody saxophone oriented tune was dedicated to astronaut Ron McNair since he was killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger accident in January 1986. McNair was invited by Jarre to play saxophone in outer space for the piece. Sadly, the rocket exploded right after take-off and the entire crew were killed. Not a happy story, therefore, not a happy song, but a promising tribute to McNair and friends.

Overall, this album is excellent. "Rendez-Vous 3" could have been a bit more improved, and the ridiculousy short playing time could have been at least 10 minutes longer, so I'll give it 4.5/5. Highly recommended!

Bj-1 | 4/5 |

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