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Stands up very well to the test of time,
This review is from: Equinoxe (Audio CD)
This album is Jarre at his best, Oxygene hinted at what was to come but still contained many of the "Krautrock" tangerine dream type pieces that to the modern ear are frankly boring and dated quickly. However this album is much closer to a true modern electro-pop album. For me good electronic music is typified not by the main melodic drive but by the rhythm and by the quality of the instrumentation, the effects, the sounds, the place where the hard work is put in. This is what exemplified Kraftwerk and years later the likes of Orbital and even Enigma. On this album he achieved this happy balance of good rhythmic drive and lots of interesting sounds underneath the melody. Unfortunatly his subsequent albums abandoned this and became simple cases of a Polysynth melody line writ large, and increasing focus on event-concerts.
Listening to this album does evoke comparisons with Orbital in their in-sides-middle of nowhere period, in fact you can hear many almost identical sounds on the Orbital albums.
Its an album that frustratingly falls short of 5 stars in that what would be considered the second and more rythmicly modern side, 4-8, tends to end with a wimper not a bang. This album certainly hints at where Orbital, Ryoksopp et all would go and even now stands up well to the test of time.