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Jean-Michel Jarre


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2.91 | 39 ratings

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2 stars This is quite a different album from JMJ discography. Surprising, should I say.

Although the album opens on a quite atmospheric and ambient part, the mood switches completely after half time and brings us to a total jazzy tune. Hectic, unstructured: IMO just a loose jam session. This is my mixed bag feeling about "January 24".

I wouldn't say that my perception of "March 23" is any better. I am not really expecting a sax experience (?) while listening to JMJ music. But this is what you get here. Not great overall.

Ambient and passionless are a good description of "May 1". Avoidable and not interesting for a penny (although I am a strong defender of the Euro). The same sort of "enthusiasm" prevails when I listen to "June 21". Again, the sax work (or its synth reproduction) is good but unexpected and globally not really a key element of his music.

As other reviewers have written (accordingly), this album leans definitely more into the jazz- rock territories than the prog electronic ones. This work doesn't belong to my fave ones from the artist (by far). Actually, I would challenge anyone in a blind test: no one could tell that this is from the master who wrote such great albums between '76 and '86.

Two stars. Do not start with this album if you are willing to investigate into his repertoire. This is for fans only (and even so...).

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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