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Chronologie Import

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  • Audio CD (11 Mar. 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000024A5Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.
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Chronologie (note the title) was originally released in 1993 as a prelude to a sizeable European tour. It also includes variations on a theme that were recorded for watchmakers Swatch, which appeared in some of their products labelled "Une Alarme Qui Swinge". It also features the guitar work of Patrick Rondat, who JMJ had also recently produced.

The album in tone feels like a return to the more classically-styled work of his earlier career, particularly Equinoxe, to which I think it bears a big resemblance. This is no bad thing as Equinoxe is one of his very best piece of work. The similarity is especially noticeable in parts 4-6, which, like Equinoxe are very dance-oriented. It is influenced heavily by the notion of time, from watches and clocks to the work of Stephen Hawking. In many ways it's a n optimistic piece of work, ranging from the slightly portentous keyboard washes of part 1 and its echoes of the swirling particle clouds and the vastness of the early universe, through part 2 and it's classical, almost early industrial bombast, counterpointing some of the same ideas that appeared on the Revolutions album. Part 3 is mournful and keening, together with that Rondat guitar. Part 4 is the joyous lead track, with the album's leit motif plastered all over it, before leading into the industrial, consumerist drone of the factory production line in part 5. Part 6 is another highlight, with the dance beat gradually fading into a lone accordion line, before melting into the buzzing of bees and the peace of part 7. The album closes with the foot-samping celebration of part 8, redolent of dub reggae in some ways, biro finally doing out to the background hum and heartbeat that completes the album's cycle.

This remaster is not a bad effort.
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Easily his most enjoyable album, barring perhaps Oxygene I. Perhaps the most palatable 'synth' album ever, with very little of "weirdness", of compositions like those of Kraftwerk, to spoil things and not too many of those "right, what shall I do here, then" bits in the middle like many of the other Jarre albums.
Interesting, uplifting and even toe-tapping, this one you will play again and again and again just to listen to those imaginative tunes with their intricate melodies. Buy it now!
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This is pointless release. It appears to have been remastered by a chimp - it's a victim of the "loudness war", having been mastered so loudly that it's practically brickwalled. The music audibly distorts in places, and one of the mastering errors that crept into the Sony re-issue in 1997 (a 'skip' in the middle of "Chronologie (Part 4)") is still present as well (it's in exactly the same place, so it's not just my disc). Even at £5.99, this is daylight robbery. A pity, as "Chronologie" is a superb album - it deserved to be treated with a lot more care. There seem to be comparable problems with all of the 2014 Sony reissues of Jarre's albums: my advice would be to give them a very wide berth and stick with the far superior 1997 editions or original versions.
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Format: Audio CD
One of the best of his albums. Starting with the cold, melodious Part 1, kicking you into techno-inspired gothic progressions in Part 2, Relaxing to nice choir and string music in Part 3. Part 4 is downright danceable! Part 5 is the weak point of the CD IMO. Part 6 is Philip Glass meets trance music in a very interesting and positive way. Part 7 is a little bit weak, but Part 8 is the powerful final with great electronic themes and hip-hop beats. This was the first (and last) album where Jarre used the Roland TR909 drum synthesizer (the always used techno/trance/dance drum synth) but it is great!
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