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Jean-Michel Jarre - Les Chants Magnétiques [Aka: Magnetic Fields] CD (album) cover


Jean-Michel Jarre


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3 stars Jean-Michel Jarre - Magnetic Fields (1981)

Seventeen minutes of perfect electronic music..

My girlfriend got interested in electronic music and sometimes she buys vinyl (like me) to be able to listen to some music she really likes when she's at my place. So far Jean-Michel Jarre's Oxygene and Equinoxe were interesting for me, but Jarre was lacking to create a record that did not have it's weak points. This is a trent that continues amplified on Magnetic Fields.

Side one is one big wonderful moment. From the frantic opening moment that is so exciting you can't do something else while listening to it! The recording is fantastic. After the great opening parts Jarre explores the possibilities of using psychedelic elements in his music. Strange samples and sounds create perfect soundscapes and Jarre succeeds in keeping the record interesting for the rest of side one.

Side two is horrible. One failed uninspired experiment after the other. We have the simplest of electronic music and as a grand finally even an Latin piece played on synthesizers. Jarre tries to get an touchy guitar solo emulated on his electronic keyinstruments. This is experiment is among the greatest failures of 20th century music if you'd ask me. Just horrible.

Conclusion. If you download music, only get part one. If you buy cd's don't spend you money on a cd that has only 17 minutes of good music. Fans of electronic music should however explore this first track, for it could be seen as essential electronic music. I myself hate listening to artist that can't even make an average side two. This is the third Jarre record in a row with this problem. Two stars.

friso | 3/5 |


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