ALBUM + DVD WARNER RELEASE:
SEPTEMBER 22, 2004 REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 27, 2004
I vaguely remember the first time
I heard Jean Michel Jarre. I was about
eight or nine years old, and my dad
played “Oxygene” in the
living room. It sounded like nothing
I had ever heard before, and I had
to go downstairs to check it out.
I think I became an electronic music
fan at that moment, and have been
ever since. Thank you Jean Michel.
Lately, Jarre has unfortunately made
some disappointing stuff like “Geometry
of Love” and “Sessions
2000” but this time he’s
giving his old material a workover.
He’s obviously living on old
merits, but his old tunes are so much
better and to hear some updated versions
of the classics is an interesting
Jean Michel has re-recorded and restructured
old tracks and added new sounds or
rhythms here and there as well as
a couple of not too remarkable new
songs. The changes are not very radical;
you’ll still be able to recognize
The new track “Aero” is
an upbeat blippy dancey tune with
quite a hook to it, but the other
two – “Aerology”
and “Aerozone” –
are more bland and mellow albeit modern
Jarre really had a lot of fun twiddling
the balance slider it seems. The music
swirls between my speakers relentlessly,
and if you have a surround system
there is an accompanying DVD with
full 5.1 sound. And here Jean Michel's
amusement park ride takes off! The
music moves everywhere around your
room, drums, instruments – everything.
You’re in the music.
Unfortunately the images are as dull
as a stone wall. Like watching paint
dry. The video shows nothing else
than Anne Parillaud's blue eyes looking
at you. This French actress, best
known for "Nikita", was
filmed in one take while listening
to the music.
In the end though, I think this is
a good introduction to Jarre's music,
and while the new tracks aren’t
much to write home about, it’s
something for the old fans as well.