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


Jean-Michel Jarre


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4 stars A change in the sound for Jarre, this album is tighter, less floating and more focused on sampling and rhythm. This was one of the first albums to ever feature sampling from human voices and various other "every day" things in the music, something that Jarre would experiment MUCH further on the "Zoolook" album released after this one. The variation here is very notable, ranging from rhythmic and frantic parts to ambient, with a weird rumba piece to close the album. Though it's less rich on melody than on "Oxygene" and "Equinoxe", this one is more interesting to listen to overall and stands out as a personal favourite of mine in Jarre's discography.

The best tracks are the brilliant opening suite at nearly 18-minutes, one of Jarre's absolute best tracks, and "Part 4" which are one of his most underrated tracks if you ask me. The low point is the rumba piece "Part 5" which doesn't really fit to the albums style or mood at all, as well as being very weak overall. I'll give this one 4.5/5 in overall.

Bj-1 | 4/5 |


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