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Jean-Michel Jarre


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4 stars An extremely important landmark in electronic music. Sometimes hailed as a masterpiece.

Unfortunately, track 5 is not very good in my opinion and some of the synths used sound dated. However, The synthesizer sound used in the last track is breathtaking.

The album's strongest moments are the first and last movements of the big electronic epic. These sections have EXTREMELY beautiful atmospherics with the help of synthesizers, especially Oxygene pt6 which gives great imagery of the ocean and its waves. The music in between these great movements are interesting to listen to. Track 2 is a good energetic track that unfortunately has one horrible synth sound from all the ones used. Track 3 has a slower tempo and sounds extremely similar to Eloy's keyboard work. Track 4 is another highlight of the album. It has very memorable synth lines and is a very catchy and easy- listening song that can be enjoyed at first listen. Track 5 is not bad, but it is somewhat too slow for my tastes in the first few minutes and when it gets going, it has a dated sounding synth loop that I do not like. Of course, the big highlight has to be the last track as described earlier. It is amazing since the crashing of the waves until the ... crashing of the waves! :) The main synthesizer used has a beautiful distorted sound, and the melodies played with it are superb to say the least. This song is enough to make the purchase of the album worthy.

1. Oxygene, Pt. 1 Jarre (8.5/10) 2. Oxygene, Pt. 2 Jarre (7/10) 3. Oxygene, Pt. 3 Jarre (6.5/10) 4. Oxygene, Pt. 4 Jarre (9/10) 5. Oxygene, Pt. 5 Jarre (5/10) 6. Oxygene, Pt. 6 Jarre (10/10)

My Grade : B

A must for electronic music lovers!

Zitro | 4/5 |


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