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Jean-Michel Jarre


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3.62 | 116 ratings

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3 stars The title of this album is somewhat misleading and would have gained in more credibility (but not marketing wise) if called "Earth, "Moon", "Heaven" or you can name it!

What's for sure is that the music is quite pleasant and enjoyable. Dynamic as well, which is not a feature that I demand specifically while listening to prog electronic music to which this artist fully belongs.

Pop sounds are also available, but no sell off here: the artist provides fine combinations of upbeat music combined with skilled keyboards lines. The man is skilled and gifted. As a composer as well as on the keyboards.

My fave because the most spacey mood is with no doubt the ninth part of this "oxygène" we all need to live. Bombastic, elegant, melodic, organic, fantastic and splendid. In one word: gorgeous. The highlight as far as I'm concerned.

There are some parts which could have been skipped ( like "10") but this is a usual stuff, right? If all tracks are outstanding, we should be confronted with a masterpiece which is not the case with this album (at least, it is my opinion).

If I can give one piece of advice: just stick to the original name and don't concentrate on this one. It holds some good moments, modern and upbeats parts ("11"), but the grandeur of the glass mastering is not there.

Three stars. A good album for sure. Like most of JMJ's output.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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