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Frankie Flowers
4 stars A great classic electronic album. Although the album sounded more impressive and futuristic in the 70's, I would say it has withstood the test of time very well. Regarding the comments that this release wasn't exactly the first of its kind, Jarre's style was distinctive. The six parts build around many moods and melodic patterns which are often quite mysterious as well as atmospheric. Parts I and II are my favourites, while the most recognisable part IV is quite majestic. The closing piece is also a personal favourite with the swishing sound of waves created on the synths. I have often wondered how he got those sounds.

The inspiration for "Oxygene" came from a creepy painting by the artist Michel Granger. It shows the Earth peeling to reveal a skull and Jarre gained the artist's permission to use the image for this album. Many parts of the record were used in film scores especially during the early eighties, including "Gallipoli" and for the French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau's documentary "Palawan". Fans of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and of Kraftwerk may appreciate this work. Four shining stars.

Frankie Flowers | 4/5 |


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