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Jean Michel Jarre - Magnetic Fields (1997) Retail CD
The natural inspiration behind "Oxygene" and "Equinoxe" takes the back seat on an album inspired by the man-made world. Given the shift in focus, it would be unfair to compare it to its two predecessors but, nethertheless, Magnetic Fields remains one of my favourite Jarre albums. I still remember buying an ex-radio LP when I was just 10 years old... sure, as if you're going to play THIS on the radio!Magnetic Fields opens in a more Tangerine Dream style - an 18min side-long sequence-driven beauty. The sequences start off fast and furious, a pace kept right up until the middle of the piece.more… The music slows into some desolate and discarded music, sounding like an aural junkyard with its metallic tones. This section lasts just a few minutes before a new sequence-driven section kicks in to close off the first half. At 18 minutes, it really doesn't seem that long.The second half contains the single - Magnetic Fields Part 2. An energetic and percussive track that would be in his live setlist even as late as 1997's Oxygene 7-13 tour. This segues into Part 3 - a short passage of almost ethnic-sounding metallic percussion. This minimalist interlude paves the way for Part 4, another highlight. Part 4 consists of a pleasant lead line overlapping a soft bass sequence, not as commercial sounding as Part 2, but equally hummable. Part 5, dubbed "The Last Rumba", is exatly that: a Rumba. Like the Sailor's Hornpipe ending of Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells", its place on the album is one of those "???!!!" moments. You don't know why it's there, but it just is - after a few plays, you just accept it. For any self-respecting Jarre fan, "Magnetic Fields" is a must have, but perhaps less so for the casual e-music fan. From here, the door is pretty much open to any of Jarre's other works, but "The Concerts in China" comes recommended to hear how the album turned out in concert, albeit performed infront of a curious but receptive Chinese audience.
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- Jean Michel Jarre - Magnetic Fields (1997) Retail CD
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