Review: Jack Foley
AS A pioneer of electronic music for over 20 years, it is not
surprising to find that Jean Michel Jarre continues to push the
envelope, even when it comes to delivering a greatest hits compilation.
Aero was designed and recorded in multi-channel surround-sound
and is therefore presented on both CD and DVD Audio discs in the
same package (including Dolby Digital and DTS tracks allowing
playback on a standard DVD video player in surround sound).
It marks the world’s first album to be fully constructed,
note for note, in 5.1 surround sound.
As such, the album includes reworked versions of his golden oldies,
as well as three new pieces, which continue to put the musician
at the top of the pile in terms of electronic music.
The only surprise, however, is just which tracks from the back
catalogue have made it onto the CD - and which haven't (presumably
to bring out the best in the sound quality).
Hence, there is no room for the likes of Revolutions, Calypso,
Chronologie 4, Ethnicolor, or Oxygene 8, which may
Yet Jarre more than makes up for it with crystal clear re-workings
of Oxygene 2, Equinoxe 3 and Last Rendez-vous,
not to mention life-enhancing versions of golden oldies, Oxygene
4, Chronologie 6 and Rendez-vous 4.
The effect is quite mesmerising, bringing Jarre to the attention
of a new generation of listeners, while also providing his dedicated
fanbase with something a little new to consider (which isn't bad
for a greatest hits compendium).
Highlights, needless to say, include Oxygene 4, which
sounds more electrifying than ever before, and the haunting, evocative
and completely surreal Souvenir of China, which features
Jarre's music set around the click of a camera.
It is a measure of Jarre's ability to progress with the times,
that an album like Aero sounds as contemporary, today,
as it might have done 20 years ago.
It all serves to ensure that the music of this particular magician
* Also included on the DVD, is a visual track featuring a close-up
of the actress Anne Parillaud's (Nikita) eyes as she listens to
the music for the full 73 minutes in one take, which is typical
of Jarre's minimalist style.
1. Aero Opening (Scene 1)
2. Oxygene 2 (Scene 2)
4. Equinoxe 8 (Band in the rain)
5. Oxygene 4 (Scene 3)
6. Souvenir Of China (Scene 4)
7. Aerology (Scene 5)
8. Equinoxe 3 (Scene 6)
9. Equinoxe 4 (Scene 7)
10. Last Rendez-Vous (Scene 8)
11. Zoolookology (Scene 9)
12. Aerozone (Scene 10)
13. Magnetic Fields 1 (Scene 11)
14. Chronology 6
15. Rendez-Vous 4 (Live Version)
Disc: 2 - DVD
1. Aero Opening
2. Scene 1
3. Oxygene 2
4. Scene 2
6. Equinoxe 8 (Band in the rain)
7. Oxygene 4
8. Scene 3
9. Souvenir Of China
10. Scene 4
12. Scene 5
13. Equinoxe 3
14. Scene 6
15. Equinoxe 4
16. Scene 7
17. Last Rendez-Vous
18. Scene 8
20. Scene 9
22. Scene 10
23. Magnetic Fields 1
24. Scene 11
25. Chronology 6
26. Rendez-Vous 4 (Live Version)