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4 stars One of the more classical albums by Jean-Micel Jarre: .... (beats... Dark side of the moon anyone?) .... Part I (which is really sentimental and moodful) begins with slick synth-strings and is running at over 10 minutes, really good opener.

Part II is also a bit "classical", but more dramatic, really a kicker :) (one of my favourites).

Part III slows things down a bit, a beautiful melody with a voice I suppose that is from a synth (in the live version there's a woman singing the melody of this song). Nice guitar-part included.

Part IV is the pop-song of the album, as it seems that Jarre always makes a legacy pop-song in every album he makes (or at least one!). True synth-pop, happy melody, clocks ticking and all that.

Part V makes way for a more sinister mood. Opens slowly with a nice melody and the beat is build with a more progressive stlyle. I guess this part is intended as a transition / introduction to Part VI.

Part VI has a pulsating techno beat, with kinds of traditional French music which Jarre also had in Equinoxe (accordions etc.). Good song.

Part VII is nothing more than noise of flies and some guitar and ambient sounds. Another transition part I guess, but not as good as Part V.

The last part, Part VIII, opens with a church organ and a choir (very new thing for Jarre?). Then the beat begins with a funny beat and horns. Very positive song which ends the album very nicely (Jarre usually ends every one of his albums with a positive tone IMHO).

Chronologie is one of the last good albums Jarre has made. This album is electronic, classical, a bit synthpop (part IV), progressive and a bit spiritual in the end. It's also very diverse, Patrick Rondat plays guitar in some songs which is a very good addition in the songs. I rate this albums as one of the best albums by Jarre, unfortunately he didn't make any albums in this standards later on. I recommend Chronologie to every progressive-rock music fans as it contains very diverse music in different styles and mood.

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