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4 stars A concept album about time, as you can hear many references to time in the music featured here. "Chronologie" is perhaps Jarre's best 90's effort, a compilation of both modern and old elements in his music here. It was released in 1993 and no Jarre album released after this one can match up with it. Maybe "Oxygene 7-13" has a chance, but otherwise, this is currently Jarre's last brilliant album. In comparison to his other albums, I would say "Rendez-Vous" and "Magnetic Fields" are the most similar ones to "Chronologie", only this one is more modern sounding. The opener to the album is a 10-minute modern electronica/classical suite and is perhaps one of Jarre's finest openers. It's flows into the second part that is one of the more upbeat tunes on the album. Part 3 is a live favorite along with Part 6, though Part 4 is the real hit here. Part 5 is the most underrated piece here, the opener to it is one of the best Jarre has done but the rest of the track is a bit more beat-electronica tingled. Part 7 is basically just an intro to Part 8. The latter one features the famous "!" countdown that was used for his live shows for many years to come. Notably on the "Hong Kong" live album released a year after this one. The music varies from dreamy ambient to upbeat house/electronica sometimes, but it's all incredibly great. Some weaker moments too, but the album in general deserves at least 4.5/5
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Posted Wednesday, August 17, 2005 | Review Permalink
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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Posted Monday, November 28, 2005 | Review Permalink
3 stars This "Chronologie" opens on a superb and grandiose "Part I" (not very original, I admit. I mean the title). It is a truly magical prog electronic song in line with his best and more known so far.

Actually, it levels the masters of the genre (prog electronic) and these wonderful keyboards lines are so moving, so melodic, and so skilled: extremely good and in some way this artist shows all of his talent throughout the decades.

Of course, he was not as prolific as Schulze or TD, but almost each of his effort so far (if you would except his first two albums as well as "Zoolook" was of good to high quality and this less known "Chronologie" is quite decent as well.

A good album, offering different atmospheres: after the heavenly opening, "Part II" is totally different. Bombastic, speedy, pop, commercial, joyful and entertaining. JM also reverts to his debut with "Part III" which sounds very much as a piece from "Les Granges Brűlées". A deep coldness combined with a sculptural melody. Another good song (third in a row).

The second half of the album is less interesting I'm afraid: while "Part IV" is radio friendly, I quite dislike the more techno oriented "Part V". At the end of the day, the glorifying closing part refreshes the whole which I rate with three stars. It started much more promising though.

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