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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 :)
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VINE VOICEon 19 August 2015
Waiting for Cousteau/En Attendant Cousteau is an album that came at a particularly interesting time in the frenchman's career. This is the last of three albums used to underpin huge live events, Rendez-vous (Houston) and Revolutions (London) being the other two. The early to mids had been very much more experimental, with the three heavily Firelight inflected albums Magnetic Fields, Music for Supermarkets and Zoolook allowing him to revisit his roots in musique concrète in a much more tangible way using sampling. In contrast, this album, like the two before are much more painting with a broad brush. However, unlike Revolutions, this a rate more upbeat and joyous affair. With the Steel Band the Amoco Renegades on on board, how could it not be?

The album's first half is taken up by Calypso, in three part. The exuberant first part rattles along at a merry pace, before being replaced by a more relaxed mode, reminding of the wide, deep blue oceans, and the Calypso itself cutting through them on its travels, before breaking out into a more, syncopated, second half. The final part is rather more elegiac, though some might even unkindly say a bit over-wrought in patches. Indeed, in later live performances, JMJ has tied it to his limited memories of his late father.

The final piece is the most surprising, and possibly controversial of all. for a man known to pack in killer hooks, the title track is a puzzle; a forty-five minute ambient piece with long, slow washes of keyboard and effects that evoke a feeling of being below the ocean surface. It was certainly something of a departure, and showed that he was not averse to taking some creative risks. Looking back, this piece is a perfect fit for the subject matter and the mood. Even now it is still used as incidental music before live shows.

Unlike some of the other 2014 remasters, the job done on this isn't awful. The positioning of parts within the sound stage is not bad, giving things a sense of depth and space. Once ripped at decent bitrates to electronic players (in my case, specifically an iPhone 5s), it sounds more than adequate. The only slight disappointment is that the album didn't include extra material, such as the single remix and extended remix that appeared on the 1990 CD single of Calypso 1. It's not a surprise, however, because this is a significant failing with all of releases in this sequence.

For those with an open mind, not just expecting another Oxygène, give it a go. you might be pleasantly surprised.
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on 6 April 2015
Okay, here's what I think happened with this album: JMJ takes an excursion into the world of ambient music and creates the sublime masterpiece that is "En Attendant Cousteau" - 46 mins of ethereal grandeur. He then goes to his publisher and says "I have ze next alburm finished. It will be just ze one track - ze sound of ze deep ocean. My 'omage to Cousteau." His publisher then has a listen before replying: "Jean, as great as you are, it cannot be just ze one track - ze sea-sounds. It will be a commercial disasture. Zair must be a minimum of four tracks please, with zomezing with ze percussion." JMJ then says: "Okay. I go; I come back." Ten minutes later he returns waving a digital tape. "Here are ze other three tracks. Now: go and publish ze album!" And, sure enough, "Waiting for Cousteau" is released. Yes: I think tracks 1-3, the Calypso tracks, are all shameless quickies and rather bad. My firm recommendation is to ignore them and to focus on no. 4. - which, just to reiterate, is quite brilliant. It's music/an environment/an atmosphere for serious relaxation. Not for when you're doing the dishes, the ironing, the hoovering, exercising, etc. Instead, you lie down, in a dark, warm room, with a minimal blue light source (at the risk of appearing to be a vulgarian: do they make blue lava lamps?) and enter an Avataresque deep sea experience. Absolute magic!
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on 4 June 2016
At the time I remember feeling that this Jarre album was a load of cheesy old rubbish. Nearly 30 years later, maybe I've just mellowed, but I find the gleeful electro-calypso tracks just great innocent fun, and the extended generative music ambient track just as lovely as anything Brian Eno ever did. This album may not exactly be in the same league as Jarre's most classic albums, in retrospect it's probably his last decent ones before a lot of subsequent dodgy moments in the late 90s and noughties ;)
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on 15 June 2015
had all "JMJ" Albums on vinyl,so am now getting all my faves,on cds.... Still sound as awesome as when I 1st got them long ago !!!! will be searching out even more,over next few weeks.LOVE his Music !!!! :) if u not heard any of his albums,check some out,as doubt you would b disappointed, CHEERS.
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on 19 February 2015
Calypso style music on the first 3 tracks and then a gentle meditation track to finish. Excellent contrast.
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on 29 September 2015
This is one of the best examples of electronic music I have ever heard, very ethereal and easy to listen to. This is my first ever purchase of Jarre's music and I am not disappointed.
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on 10 January 2016
from my point of view a very poor album when you consider what he had done earlier and I am a big fan of him and have been for years.
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on 3 April 2015
A nice new master, one slight glitch at the end of pt3, but not a fatal one.
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on 18 May 2015
Arrived safely. Short delivery time after order made
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