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A very different Jean Michel Jarre album
on 8 April 2012
For me this album is a something of a departure from the usual Jarre style. This is by no means a bad departure. Jarre showed himself and his music from a slightly different perspective. What you have on this album is 33 percent of usual Jarre music (The Calypso trilogy), energetic, pensive, melodic, and haunting. The rest 66 percent is a 46 minute long suite which sounds as if nicked from a Relaxation new age album. It is quite surprising for anyone who doesn't know anything about this album before playing it.
This album is also a homage paid to Jacques Cousteau, the famous French oceanographer and voyager. Hence the marine theme of the album. It sounds somewhat like an elegy (which is surprising as Cousteau - as far as I know - died several years after the release of this album), but this might be only my impression.
The title track, the main part of this album is brilliant in its way, Delicate, marine, dreamy, weaving its web over the listener with no particular hooks. Just a deep mellow sound with some piano sounds and delicate non-invasive samples. Just imagine diving deep into the unknown sea world where you meet face to face with what Cousteau might have seen.
Beware - those who prefer more catchy sound of Mr Jarre, might be slightly disappointed with this album.
Yes, Jarre made a very daring and interesting departure from his usual musical path with this album.
Please note that the MC and LP releases have the long title track cut to 22 minutes. Some may say you don't miss much if you have this album in one of these two formats :)