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Journey through Time
on 7 June 2012
Chronologie is an excellent album. It is an utterly enjoyable sonic ride in a classical Jean Michel Jarre style. The album is very melodic, has rich, interesting textures and sounds and spans various music styles, such as pop, dance, classical music and even hip-hop tinges, at the same time remaining a pure electronic, synthesizer-based piece of music.
With Chronologie Jarre continues his typical style of making music, more coherent and moody, based on open compositions flowing seamlessly into each other, in the vein of Oxygene or Equinoxe (rather than Zoolook for example).
This time the subject matter of the album is time. Jarre composed Chronologie most probably being inspired by Stephen Hawkins' `A Brief History of Time", which even receives its credits in the booklet. The somber beginning of part 1 makes you think of the dawn of time, some prehistoric moment of history, when God created the heaven and the Earth, and where it all began. The music then surges enthusiastically as if things were falling into place and the creation of the world started to take its final, recognizable shape. With each following part a new universe is discovered. The up-tempo pseudo-classical Part 2 flows into a new-agey and dreamy part 3. This is where the first part of the LP stops.
Part 4 is a dream pop/dance classic, with its catchy melody and rich textures. (I bet there would be no Robert Miles without Jarre!) Part 5 recalls the melody of the previous part with a definitely new age ambient touch, before reaching its own climax. The music meanders for a while before abruptly crashing into the thumping bass line of part 6. This piece does not have a typical melodic hook, but with the throbbing bass line and the infectious dance beat it is certainly one of the stand-out tracks. Part 7 (the only weaker moment on the album) is a short transition piece which paves the way for the grand closing of the album with part 8. Here we have marvelous church organs opening the show and leading to a hip-hop-based core. The music then fades and we hear Jarre counting down until zero, when time comes back to its pristine, ancient beginning. Again we hear the sounds known from the first seconds of the album which finish off the work, and we know the cycle of time has been completed. The ending however invites us to push "play" again and to go on this journey through time over again.
My only peeve is that this great album is only 42 minutes long...