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Jean-Michel Jarre


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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars Jean-Michel Jarre certainly deserves credit for bringing the Electronic genre into the mainstream. You could say his music was like a gateway to other Electronic bands like Klause Schulze, TANGERINE DREAM etc. I guess that's the problem i'm having with it, sure it's catchy and melodic but after listening to Klause and TD a lot recently this commercial sounding Electronic music just doesn't measure up. In fact I think that's why the "powers that be" here at ProgArchives put him in "prog-Related" instead of the legitimate "Electronic- Prog" genre. Don't get me wrong, I have grown at least to like this album, well at least the first half, I just don't think he's in the same class as Froese and Schulze.

"Part 1" is interesting with the two synths playing different melodies then joining together as it fades into waves of sound. I like it. These waves blend into "Part 2" which floats along beautifully. I like this part a lot as well. "Part 3" becomes very melodic just like "Part 4" which has some mellotron in it. This part is quite catchy and spacey.

I like the way "Part 5" begins with the sound of rain and thunder and the way the beat comes out of the storm. I just don't like the rest of the song. "Part 6" becomes annoying in my opinion much like the previous part, but annoying in a different way. It settles after 3 minutes and blends into "Part 7". The synths in the background here are distracting for me. I don't like that sound at all. In "Part 8" we here a return of the storm. Some organ in this one.

I know i'm in the minority here with my rating, but there's no way I could give this 4 stars. I like the cover a lot though.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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