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Jean-Michel André Jarre Pejot - Born August 24, 1948 (Lyon, France)

French composer of electronic music, he is the son of Maurice Jarre, a composer of film music, who has written the scores to such films as "Lawrence Of Arabia" and "Dr. Zhivago", among many others.

Jean-Michel JARRE is regarded as one of the pioneers in the electronic music genre, along with artists and bands such as Wendy CARLOS, VANGELIS, KRAFTWERK, Isao TOMITA or TANGERINE DREAM. He is well-known for staging spectacular outdoor concerts of his music, which feature laser displays and fireworks, and three of which appeared in the Guinness Book of Records for their large audiences, often of several million.

Jean-Michel JARRE began studying piano at the age of five, but he abandoned his classical training. During his youth he formed a band called MYSTERE IV. In late 1960s he started experimenting with tape loops, radios and other electronic devices, until, in 1968, he joined the Groupe de Recherches Musicales, under the direction of Pierre Schaeffer, the "father" of the musique concrète, where he was introduced to synthesizers.

His album "Oxygene" launched in 1976 was a big success worldwide, the song "Oxygene Part IV" becoming one of the best-known pieces of electronic music ever.

In 1978, his second album "Equinoxe" was released, followed by a concert in Paris on the Place de la Concorde in Paris in 1979. This concert attracted 1 million people, which was JARRE's first entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest crowd for an outdoor concert.

In 1983 he created the album Musique pour supermarchés (Music for supermarkets), which had a print run of only a single copy. JARRE destroyed all the master records from his studio work, allowed a Luxembourg radio to broadcast the album once and auctioned it to raise money for French artists. People recorded the album using their tape recorders while it was broadcasted on the radio, so we can listen to that album, at a very poor quality though (the radio station was an AM station).

In October 1981, JARRE was the first Western pop-artist who was granted to give concerts in the People's Republic of China.

In 1986 NASA and the city of Houston asked him to do a concert to celebrate NASA's 25th anniversary and the city of Houston 150th anniversary. During that concert, astronaut Ronald McNair was to play the saxophone part of JARRE's piece "Rendez-Vous VI" while in orbit on board th...
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JEAN-MICHEL JARRE discography


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JEAN-MICHEL JARRE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.15 | 29 ratings
Deserted Palace
1973
2.40 | 27 ratings
Les Granges Brûlées (OST)
1973
3.90 | 320 ratings
Oxygène
1976
4.01 | 242 ratings
Équinoxe
1978
3.45 | 125 ratings
Les Chants Magnétiques [Aka: Magnetic Fields]
1981
3.35 | 115 ratings
Zoolook
1984
3.45 | 106 ratings
Rendez-Vous
1986
3.13 | 67 ratings
Révolutions
1988
2.95 | 65 ratings
En Attendant Cousteau [Aka: Waiting For Cousteau]
1990
3.56 | 70 ratings
Chronologie
1993
3.63 | 84 ratings
Oxygène 7-13
1997
2.76 | 43 ratings
Metamorphoses
2000
2.08 | 17 ratings
Interior Music
2001
2.95 | 26 ratings
Sessions 2000
2002
3.03 | 27 ratings
Geometry Of Love
2003
3.12 | 32 ratings
Aero
2004
1.75 | 41 ratings
Téo & Téa
2007
3.27 | 32 ratings
Electronica 1 - The Time Machine
2015
3.00 | 18 ratings
Electronica 2 - The Heart Of Noise
2016
3.19 | 28 ratings
Oxygène 3
2016

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.24 | 80 ratings
Les Concerts En Chine
1982
3.34 | 30 ratings
Jean Michel Jarre in Concert: Houston-Lyon
1987
3.19 | 24 ratings
Jarre Live
1989
4.20 | 15 ratings
Les Concerts en Chine, Vol. 1
1992
4.13 | 15 ratings
Les Concerts en Chine, Vol. 2
1994
3.20 | 23 ratings
Hong Kong
1995
4.00 | 10 ratings
Live From Gdansk - Koncert W Stoczni
2005
3.29 | 7 ratings
Printemps de Bourges 2002
2006

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.75 | 12 ratings
The China Concerts
1989
4.78 | 9 ratings
Paris La Defense: A city in concert
1990
4.16 | 18 ratings
Jarre in China
2005
4.35 | 14 ratings
Solidarnosc Live
2005

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.64 | 9 ratings
The Essential
1983
3.57 | 7 ratings
Musik Aus Zeit Und Raum
1983
3.58 | 22 ratings
Images: The Best of Jean Michel Jarre
1991
2.06 | 7 ratings
Jarremix
1995
2.57 | 7 ratings
Odyssey Through O2
1998
2.19 | 8 ratings
The Essential
2005
3.23 | 7 ratings
Essentials & Rarities
2011
3.43 | 5 ratings
Essential Recollection
2015

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.71 | 7 ratings
La Cage / Eros Machine
1969
2.15 | 8 ratings
Music For Supermarkets
1983
3.20 | 5 ratings
Revolutions [Single]
1988
4.33 | 6 ratings
Oxygene-Destination Docklands
1989
2.67 | 6 ratings
Calypso
1990
4.00 | 4 ratings
Zoolookologie
1991
3.00 | 5 ratings
Chronologie [Remixes]
1993
3.00 | 3 ratings
Chronologie 6
1994
4.00 | 6 ratings
Oxygène 8
1997
4.00 | 4 ratings
Oxygène 10, Pt. 1
1997
3.67 | 3 ratings
Oxygène 10, Pt. 2
1997
4.00 | 2 ratings
Oxygène 10 [4 Track Single]
1997
3.60 | 5 ratings
Rendez-Vous 98 (France 98 World Cup, with Apollo 440)
1998
3.00 | 4 ratings
Zero Gravity
2015

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Reviews


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 Essential Recollection by JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
3.43 | 5 ratings

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Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars "FIRST REVIEW OF THIS ALBUM"

'My review # 200 is dedicated to the genius of electronic musician JM Jarre'.

At about 50 years ago, in 1977, I was one of the many millions who was mesmerized by the videoclip from a certain Jean-Michel Jarre, with his single Oxygene 4: first clouds of cold ice and the sound of blowing wind, then a young, well dressed musician appears under a curtain, surrounded by keyboards and playing on a modular synthesizer, a magical moment! It was a huge hit in Holland and gradually JM Jarre also conquered the rest of the world, with his accessible blend of pop and electronic music. Fuelled by his fame and fortune he organized open-air concerts on a very large scale in Paris, London, Houston and Moscow, most were attended by over a million (in Moscow even 3,5 million), with a happy and enthusiastic JM Jarre as the focal point, performing his pioneering music, and embellished with jawdropping visuals. This has a history.

As a very young boy he grew up in a wealthy environment, got piano lessons, was interested in many forms of art and, a skilled painter. But emotionally the young Jean-Michel suffered, after his father (famous composer and conductor Maurice Jarre) and his mother Francette (French resistance in WW2 and a concentration camp survivor) decided to divorce when he was only five years old. During the years music, art and experimenting with devices became very important for Jean-Michel, it helped him to battle his deep sad feelings about missing his father. So first there is the very young Jean-Michel Jarre, sitting alone in in his boyroom, missing his father. But as an adult and succesful musician he is the centre of massive open-air concerts, attended by millions who embrace him. You can analyse this as the ultimate sublimation of loneliness.

Back to his music, JM Jarre was a pioneer in scouting the border between electronic - and pop music, inspired by the Moog synthesizer driven composition Popcorn. On this comprehensive CD compilation most of the tracks contain the 'JM Jarre trademark' : cheerful synthesizer runs with catchy beats, blended with lush synthesizer strings and typical electronic music 'beeps and bleeps' and subtle spacy - and fat bass sounds. Like in Oxygene Part 4 (propulsive sequencer), Equinoxe Part 4 (distorted sounds and use of the Theremin in the end), Magnetic Fields Part 2, Equinoxe Part 5, Chronology Part 4 and Rendez-Vous 4.

JM Jarre also delivers pleasant variety.

Spectacular use of the arpeggiator (basic sequence of notes) in Arpegiateur (evoking early Vangelis and Synergy).

Dreamy atmospheres in Souvenir Of China (melancholical strings and Chinese voices) and Oxygene Part 6 (beautiful layers of strings).

A techno sound in the swinging Bells, featuring the sound of bells and distorted voices. And the composition Last Rendez-Vouz (Ron's Piece), a wonderful tribute to astronaut Ron McNair, victim of the horrible Challenger disaster. Ron was also a skilled saxophone player and had worked with JM Jarre on a piece of music for Jarre's then-upcoming album Rendez-Vous. It was intended that he would record his saxophone solo on board of the Challenger. The saxophone solo in Ron's Piece is played by Frenchman Pierre Gossez. His very emotional solo starts sensitive and ends with screamy outbursts, expressing the destruction and agony, very moving.

My conclusion. This CD compilation is entitled Essential Recollection but this should have been extended to Essential Recollection Part One : 1976 - 2000. Because it spans the time between the 1976 album Oxygene and the 2000 album Metamorphoses, it's not a total overview of his work. To me the tracklist looks comprehensive, although I miss the funny single The Last Rumba and the special single London Kid (featuring guitar legend Hank B. Marvin). The emphasis is on the more catchy, pop-oriented electronic music, I miss Oxygene Part 5 (from his magical Oxygene album) and the track Magnetic Fields Part 1 (my favourite JM Jarre composition) is an abridged version, from 17.49 to 6.33. A good compilation but I am sure that within a few years Sony Music will release a compilation entitled Jean-Michel Jarre - Essential Recollection Part Two : 2000 - 2020.

My rating: 3,5 star.

Finally a personal note. A few years after watching the Ogygene 4 videoclip in 1977 I bought my first synthesizer, a Roland Juno 106, inspired by JM Jarre his videoclip. I still love his first albums but lost my dedication for JM Jarre since Zoolook. In 2016 I attended for the first time a JM Jarre gig, I was blown away by not only the jawdropping visuals but also by the Electronica 1 and 2 tracks. Especially the sensational, modern sounding Exit (tribute to his hero Edward Snowden), one of the best electronic music compositions I have ever heard, what a genius!

 Oxygène 3 by JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.19 | 28 ratings

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Review by genbanks

5 stars Wasn't easy to decide to give 5 stars to this álbum. Not a masterpiece, but there are a couple of reasons about this for me. At first, if I check all the new music that I listened along 2017, Oxygene 3 is the best production, and I have no doubts about this. And second, I can fit this music into the progressive universe. In addition it is Jarre's returning to his best shape, after the disappointment Electronica I and II (at least for me). In fact, I think that Oxygene 3 it is the best from Jarre since Oxygene 7-13. The music is great, the arrengements, the electronic flavour, the rhythms, and all this synth landscapes. By a paradox the best part of the album it is on the middle, and Im trying to say that the first and the last tracks are the ones in a slightly inferior level. Oxygene 14 is a rather conventional electronic number, not bad, I like it, but nothing special. Anyway it is a good beginning of the album. But when you flow into Equinoxe 15, things become Wow! All this dark and fat synth sounds (not exempt of melody), like viscous bubbles, all over a bass synth pattern and with a far techno synth motive running behind, are simply stunning. The track evolves to an obscure ending with some pseudo dramatic sounds till it gets into Equinoxe 16 as a natural prolongation. The bass bubbles continues with a rhythmical and crescent density till they jump into a techno race covered by a synth wall sound with some colourful touches, just great. The music gets darker again into an obscure ending. The trip continues now to the inevitable electronic hit (or at least it tryies to be), in the vein of Oxygene 4 or Oxygene 8. And yes, Oxygene 17 is just amazing, so positive music, so original, so Jarre, definitely he returned at his best with this album. Oxygene 18 is a little and calm piece centered on the electric piano over chords matress, almost in a Vangelis vein. Simple in the the melody but surely not on the harmonies behind. Deep and emotional. And then we have Oxygene 19. Well here Jarre shines again I must say, in an ambient and spacey piece. Literally it transports you to the space, between the stars, the synth motive repeats itself in an persistent way changing the tonalities continuosly, until a suprising fanfare gets over it, just epic and I simply love it. In the end Jarre seemed to try to finish the Oxygene series with big sounds. Not bad, but I would appreciate more if he had gone with something more in the vein of the previous tracks. But I can't complain, he made a great work. I really recommend it.
 Équinoxe by JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.01 | 242 ratings

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Review by sgtpepper

4 stars A successor to Oxygene that can hold on its own. A lot of textures, nice keyboard layers. This album is more reflective than Oxygene and almost a masterpiece but still missing more complexity and ideas. The melodies are strong and sometimes catchy. Although there are influences of Tangerine Dream and other progressive electronic artists, it is a quite accessible effort and once you try to play it on the keyboards yourself, you will see that the chords are not difficult to recognize :-) It would have been a pleasure to have all these analog keyboards around and play on them! A very fine record and second of his three best ones.
 Rendez-Vous by JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.45 | 106 ratings

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars Originally composed as a tie-in with the Challenger shuttle mission before, Jean-Michel Jarre's Rendez-vous is a piece whose backstory ends up with a little extra poignancy due to the disaster which claimed the lives of the astronauts. Overall it's a long piece reminiscent of Jarre's breakthroughs like Oxygene and Equinoxe, the vocal experiments of Zoolook having been set aside. Aside from the last piece being subtitled "Ron's Piece", in light of the fact that astronaut Ron McNair was supposed to play the sax part of it from orbit as part of the mission, the mood of the whole seems rather untroubled by the tragedy it was associated with, and if I had any major criticism it would be the apparent lack of strong emotion altogether.
 Oxygène 7-13 by JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.63 | 84 ratings

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Review by Progfan97402
Prog Reviewer

4 stars It seems like Jarre is having Mike Oldfield Disease. It's a contest in how many sequels and remakes of a classic album you can do. With Oldfield, it was Tubular Bells (The Orchestra Tubular Bells, Tubular Bells II, Tubular Bells III, the Millennium Bell, Tubular Bells 2003). With Jarre it's Oxygene. So far it hasn't quite as bad as Tubular Bells, but there's the original Oxygene, Oxygene 7-13, Oxygene: New Master Recording, and Oxygene 3.

Oxygene 7-13 was obviously released roughly 20 years after the original. It's been frequently criticized as a rehash. There's no denying he does everything in 1997 to recreate the mood and spirit of the original right down to the rhythms and phased Eminent 310U, but he uses more Mellotron on this album than all his other albums put together (the original Oxygene, as well as Equinoxe had some low key tron choirs, that's it). Some techno elements are present which seem like it hearkens back to Chronologie, his previous album. To me, I like this better than Chronologie, as he wasn't trying to "appeal to the kids" like he did on that one. To ne, Jarre works best when he lets the music do the talking, rather than those overextravagant light shows, where his music frequently suffered in the process. Sometimes his tastes lapse, why else would he record calypso influenced pieces on the "Calypso" part of En Attendent Cousteau (Waiting for Cousteau), or the Latin-influenced "Magnetic Fields Part 5 (The Last Rhumba)". At least with Oxygene 7-13, like the original, the music, not the extravagant light shows, does the talking (actually I know the extravagant light shows only apply live). If you don't mind the music being an obvious rehash, it's actually worth having.

 Oxygène 3 by JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.19 | 28 ratings

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Oxygène 3
Jean-Michel Jarre Prog Related

Review by Progfan97402
Prog Reviewer

3 stars It's easy tp dump on Jarre like Mike Oldfield. Oldfield has a habit of doing so many Tubular Bells sequels and remakes that you get the feeling that it's just done for the money. After all, Tubular Bells was Oldfield's defining album and he has a habit of revisiting it every time his sales start to slump (Tubular Bells II, for example, came right after Heaven's Open, which wasn't exactly a seller, nor exactly a winner with his fans). Jarre is doing the same with Oxygene. There's the original from 1976. Then there's Oxygene 7-13. To be honest, the album had a mixed reaction. Many thought it was just a rehash and should not have been recorded. For me, I actually enjoy the album, and yes, there's no denying it's a rehash, although there's a bit of elements of Equinoxe and the spectre of Chronologie (his previous album) still loomed (the techno influences, for example). Then there's Oxygene: New Master Recording to demonstrate he can recreate the original some thirty years later. Now there's Oxygene 3. I wasn't expecting a whole lot. I didn't bother buying anything he did between 7-13 and this one, so I never got to hear Metamorphoses, Geometry of Love, Teo & Tea, or the two Electronica albums. But then hearing not exactly glowing reviews for those albums made me suspicious. Oxygene 3 is really Oxygene 14-20, as Oxygene 3 sounds like he was revisiting "Oxygene Part 3" from the 1976 original, which is hardly the case. Actually I'm actually quite happy with the album. I can see why it will get dismissed, but to my ears it doesn't totally rehash the original. I hear elements of the original, like the phased Eminent 310, but sonic-wise it would be very out of place on the original. "Part 17" is a more pop-oriented number, he's obviously wanting to record a song in the vein of "Oxygene Part IV" or "Equinoxe Part V". "Part 18" is an ambient piece, at first it sounds a bit on the New Age side. "Part 19" is more rhythmic, while "Part 20" has a rather obvious "Part 6" reference, but by and far, a largely ambient piece. "Part 14" to "Part 16" demonstrates that he wasn't trying to rehash the original. I actually found this album quite enjoyable, despite low expectations. Jarre pretty much had the idea of what Oxygene would sound like in 2016 with how he would approach it now, not in 1976. I won't lie and claim this is just as great as the original, even I couldn't say that for 7-13, but I actually found it quite good. It's no substitute for the original, but then, what is.
 Oxygène 3 by JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.19 | 28 ratings

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Oxygène 3
Jean-Michel Jarre Prog Related

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars French composer Jean-Michel Jarre hardly needs an introduction, a pioneering artist in the electronic, ambient and new-age styles, responsible for one of the biggest selling albums in those genres with the ground-breaking original `Oxygène' in 1976, a work that was cutting-edge, experimental yet also completely accessible and highly melodic. Along with several other worthwhile releases since then, including an official sequel in 1997 with `Oxygène 7-13', the approaching fortieth anniversary of the original album spurred the artist into creating a third volume, 2016's `Oxygène 3', recorded in exactly six weeks just like the defining first release was in the hope of catching the same fire and inspiration. The results are a decidedly mixed bag, balancing a continuous cross between harmless lightweight electronica that barely lifts above being a pleasant background experience of little depth with more substantial atmospheric and ambient contemplations.

While it's completely unreasonable to have expected `Oxygène 3' to be another innovative release in the manner of the first album, it's a little underwhelming how...anonymous some initial stretches of the album sounds, and often dominated by obnoxious beats that are overly loud and drown out the more interesting aspects of the music. Admittedly the album is not helped by putting its poorest piece, `Oxygène Pt 14', first, a sort of bland, faceless and clichéd electronica number, the kind that hundreds of artists working in the style are putting out these days. But some of those instantly recognisable gentle washes of serene ambient caresses that Jarre is known for slowly emerge around twitching low-key trance-like chilled beats in the more subtle `Pt 15', with some melting synth bleeds and brooding light-industrial machine groaning in the later minutes proving most surprising. Following on, bubbling liquid electronics and weeping strains flitting around moody orchestral-flavoured synth themes that attempt to break out of `Pt 16' are again sadly restrained by lazy dance beats, but the piece is thankfully redeemed by an unexpected gloomier drone in the second half.

The confident `Oxygène Pt 17' that opens the second side offers energetic bouncing beats, an upfront lead electric piano melody and a whirling fanfare-like synth theme, but only once it's out of the way do the really interesting moments of the disc appear. `Pt 18' is a delicate haunting electric piano interlude over ethereal stillness that holds a gentle warmth, `Pt 19' flirts with trance-like beats that attempt to grow in stature but never take hold over inhaling/exhaling breaths and rising/falling Seventies-flavoured keyboard veils, and glitching cut-up organ bursts punctuate the elegant eight-minute closer `Pt 20' (the absolute highlight of the set), as stormy rumbles and fuzzy trickles fuse together with sombre cinematic-styled drones that rise in stirring power and presence.

To its credit, `Oxygène 3' improves on multiple replays (definitely don't dismiss it on one initial underwhelming listen) and is at least frequently melodic, mostly remaining an undemanding and unobtrusive surface-level listen, as well as being thankfully vinyl-length too, a format that suits these kind of albums well and keeps it in line with the previous volumes. Other than appealing to long-time die-hard Jarre followers, there's perhaps not a lot here to inspire a wave of new listeners or much that will impress more casual electronic fans, but a few quietly tasteful and restrained intelligent pieces more befitting of a legend of the above-mentioned genres do emerge, and it makes for a worthwhile addition from the artist.

Three stars.

(Oh, and add a bonus point for the photo of Jarre on the back-cover with the SPECTACULAR hair!)

 Oxygène 3 by JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.19 | 28 ratings

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Oxygène 3
Jean-Michel Jarre Prog Related

Review by Stalvern

2 stars

Sounds more or less like a cross between Oxygène 7-13 and the unfortunate Téo & Téa. There's not much left of the original Oxygène here; sadly, rather than building on it, Jarre has instead diluted it with generic "modern" tones at least ten years out of date. No word on whether or not they're presets, like on Téo & Téa, but either way, they're far below Jarre's standards.

As for the songs themselves, they're barely there. Jarre often contents himself with noodling over a basic groove, and when he reaches further, it's usually to crib from Oxygène 7-13 ("Part 16" and "Part 19") or Chronologie ("Part 17"). The closing track tries to put a big, dramatic finale on the "trilogy", but it hardly rises to the occasion - playing a few arbitrary chords louder and louder and LOUDER isn't actually moving, and the self-mythologizing sample of the original album's "Part 6" really doesn't help.

Let me be clear: This is not a terrible album. Those huge, lovely Oxygène tones are still there to fill up the sound, and apart from a few, uh, jarring lapses of taste (What the HECK is going on at the beginning of "Part 20"?), it all goes down smoothly enough. But when those old-fashioned sounds have to share the mix with chintzy plastic crap straight out of Newgrounds, and when it all exits my mind as easily as it enters, neither of those counts for much. At its best, this just makes me want to listen to Oxygène 7-13 again, and at its worst, it makes me wonder if it's even Jarre I'm hearing in the first place.

 Les Chants Magnétiques [Aka: Magnetic Fields] by JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.45 | 125 ratings

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Les Chants Magnétiques [Aka: Magnetic Fields]
Jean-Michel Jarre Prog Related

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars On Magnetic Fields, Jean Michel Jarre updates his sound to incorporate the latest new synthesisers and techniques, but adapts this to the general compositional approach he had followed since Oxygene. (Part 5 of the album, for instance, is essentially a somewhat cheesier version of the sort of "easy listening outro" he'd tacked onto the end of both Oxygene and Equinoxe.) As such, it forms the end of a trilogy of works which straddle the last days of the analogue synthesiser era and the dawn of the digital synthesiser era; precisely because of this, it's of interest to anyone with an appreciation of the history of electronic music, and it helps that it's a highly enjoyable album in its own right. I think on balance Equinoxe is the best of the trilogy, but I'd certainly recommend this to anyone who liked the previous two albums.
 Zoolook by JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.35 | 115 ratings

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Zoolook
Jean-Michel Jarre Prog Related

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Zoolook is a bit of a divisive album in Jean Michel Jarre's discography, and justifiably so. Of course, this is the point when Jarre shifted towards incorporating more digital synths in his work, but I actually think he does so quite adeptly and tastefully so the division of opinion seems to be about more than just a nostalgia-addled "it's digital therefore it's bad" backlash. At the same time, Jarre incorporates a lot of synthpop influences into his sound and makes extensive use of sampling, especially vocal sampling, to create something which sounds very distinctive from the progressive electronic suites of earlier hit albums.

Some may find that a turn-off; I consider it key to Jarre's successful adaptation to new synthesiser technologies, and consider this a richly evocative cyberpunk-era collection which, in its own way, manages to recapture the majestic sweep of Oxygene and Equinoxe but evoke it on its own terms, rather than repeating the playbook of those albums.

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