Jean-Michel Jarre ‎– Equinoxe Infinity

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19075876442 Jean-Michel Jarre Equinoxe Infinity(CD, Album, Dig) Columbia 19075876442 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
none Jean-Michel Jarre Equinoxe Infinity(10xFile, FLAC, Album + File, FLAC, Album, Mixed) Columbia none Europe 2018
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johnbennett

johnbennett

December 16, 2018
referencing Equinoxe Infinity, CD, Album, Dig, 19075876442
my god .. i have only just realised that jarre is 71 years old .. wtf !!
this is a fantastic album ..
thank you jean michel jarre ..
stahlhelm

stahlhelm

December 2, 2018
referencing Equinoxe Infinity, LP, Album, Fir, 19075876451

The pressing quality is great. no pops or clicks and quiet in silent passages. dymanics are also good IMHO. however I hear that the lows are boomy and there is loudness.
One of the best album covers ever. the other verison is also outstanding.
the music is a bit contemporary electronic and drfited from early JMJ music but not that much. if you like his music you'll like this one as well.
all in all a great album from JMJ!
giullare

giullare

November 30, 2018
referencing Equinoxe Infinity, CD, Album, Dig, 19075876442

Equinoxe Infinity,excellent and OLD style super analogue-electronic !five stars !
giullare

giullare

November 30, 2018
referencing Equinoxe Infinity, CD, Album, 19075876462
Equinoxe Infinity,excellent and OLD style super analogue-electronic !five stars !
GarionOrb

GarionOrb

November 26, 2018
referencing Equinoxe Infinity, LP, Album, Fir, 19075876451
Amazing pressing of a fantastic album. Jean-Michel Jarre really does return to his roots here with this one. The album is presented on a nice 180g record with superb dynamics and great, enveloping sound. And unlike the horrid mp3 version that's sloppily faded into separate tracks, the vinyl version is all continuous as it should be.
Jarren

Jarren

November 23, 2018
referencing Equinoxe Infinity, CD, Album, Dig, 19075876442

Ok, so I just bought the download from iTunes before committing to buy the LP.

Initial thought (after three listens):

It's not really a follow-up to Equinoxe, rather a hommage to many previous albums wrapped up in a modern suit.

Dissection:

The Watchers starts off in a very similar style to Chronologie, along with definite hints of Hans Zimmer's Blade Runner 2049. We do get a brief taste of Equinoxe (Part 1), but it's nothing more than a brushstroke to remind us that this is supposed to be Equinoxe.

Flying Totems is, to all extent, a remake of Industrial Revolution (Part 2). It does feature the amazing Schmidt synthesizer, which has an uncanny ability to replicate the Yamaha CS-80 (think Vangelis - Chariots Of Fire).

Robots Don't Cry instantly reminds you of Oxygene (Part 2), but thankfully a fresh vibe is introduced. Ironically, by Mellotron! Quite a unique track, combining many vintage sounds with a modern outlook.

All That You Leave Behind is a really moody piece, you can tell Jean-Michel took some inspiration from John Carpenter here. Very dramatic too, with big bell sounds that wouldn't sound out of place with Mike Oldfield. The main melody is similar to Oxygene 7-13, that mid 90's Dream House / Mediterranean Progressive bleepy sound. The famous laser harp sound is also featured.

If The Wind Could Speak has a lovely bubbling atmosphere, not unlike Calypso (Part 2). Some nice treated vocals too, hinting at Zoolook. It's a short track though, basically a precursor to...

Infinity.

Now, this is gonna divide Jarre fans. On one hand, it's a sequel to Zoolookologie. On the other hand, it's Jean-Michel doing EDM. Zoolookologie has always irritated me (though it's admittedly fun when Jarre plays it live), and Infinity is twice as irritating.

It does feature the original Equinoxe 5 stab for a brief moment which is nice, but yeah it's gonna split the fans. I hate EDM, and this is right up that alley.

Thankfully "Machines Are Learning" at last shows some proper respect to the original Equinoxe. Just like on the original '78 LP, the bassline from the big pop song (Part 5) segues into Part 6 (or in this case, “Movement 7”). We get some nice sequenced bassline action along with much more tasteful vocal treatment.

The Opening has a very tasty throbbing bassline along with very cool synth refrains, almost Synthwave. Then a big, epic riff arrives. Now THIS is what I’m talking about! Proper Jarre material, with lush pads. Strange to be talking about “Movement 8” as the main tune, when usually it was Part 2 / Part 4!

Don’t Look Back has a strange parallel to Je me souviens (from Metamorphoses). I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I keep hearing “The Boat” in my head!

Finally, Equinoxe Infinity (Movement 10).

Very much back to Waiting For Cousteau, only this time with added Eno flavour (at least for the first half). After that, it builds up from the ambient start into a majestic finale, still beatless but intense. We end in classic Jarre style, a satisfying & relaxing conclusion.

Well, that’s my dissection. I’m not sure if I’ll buy the vinyl version yet, I want to listen to the album a few more times before committing. It’s good, but I really expected more Equinoxe flavour and less of a melange.
synthsaint

synthsaint

November 22, 2018
referencing Equinoxe Infinity, CD, Album, Dig, 19075876442
Horrible! Commonplaces all along. Bloody empty spiced with the usual Jarre kitsch. One of his WORST album. A wasting of time. EMPTY
Neasden

Neasden

November 16, 2018
edited 3 months ago
referencing Equinoxe Infinity, CD, Album, Dig, 19075876442
Updated, proper review.

It's amazing. Amazing. Amazing.
It would have been looked like another rushed messy release with loads of fillers. What it happens is that this is just not the case, for my stunning surprise. This is a genuine, signed and fingerprinted Jarre release since, I'd say, 1986. Yes, 1986, after "Rendez-Vous". From "Revolutions" on, in 1988, it was a departure from the ambient driven records until 1993's "Chronologie". This new album just flows incredibly good. The fillers are bearable, much bearable than anything on "Chronologie" and "Oxygene 7-13".

It's not hard to imagine why Jarre is known as the master of the synths. In this record, it seems like he does best than in his own compilation "Planet Jarre". He does kind of goes through his entire career in just about 10 tracks. You can spot Equinoxe references in Movement 1 ending (Equinoxe Part 1 synth), Movement 6 bridge synth (Equinoxe Part 5 synth), the "Band In the Rain" track now an analogue brother to Movement 5, soaked into some post-modern reference to that little band passing by. Nevertheless I could have said that Movement 1 reminds me also of "First Rendez-Vous", and Movement 3 is the "oxygenated" track in the album. Doesn't stop there. "Ethnicolor" sparkles are present in Movement 4 and "Zoolook" funny vocals revisited somewhat boosted into the future in Movement 6, "Infinity". From my listening, those were the outstanding clever tricks. Jarre can be different or even more Jarre when he repeats over himself. Magnificent.

Melody and harmony wise, this album beats 22 past years of music to dust. It's the most well constructed, well put, well written and well produced record in a long long time. All Jarre records have something good, even "Teo & Tea" with its detoured tracks and production ridiculousness imprinted in some tracks does have some bright after all or some catchy song. From "Metamorphoses" to "Geometry of Love" you have many tracks to be appreciated. I'd say the only exception would be "Sessions 2000" that is for sure a non-Jarre record - indigestible even after the twentieth listening. But "Equinoxe Infinity"... here we are talking about the core, the essence of what Jarre is to a fan like me. "Equinoxe Infinity" goes beyond revisiting the past with the present elements. It feels like Jarre pressed the reset button on himself, and started all over again from "Oxygene 3", another excellent record in years. This album supersedes "Chronology" and "O 7-13" - both very nice but with their round of annoying fillers (Oxygene 12, Chronology Part 7 to name two of them). Thirty nine minutes again that work so well, like in the old days of 1978. This release is a slap in the face of those who said that album era is dead. It is dead for many artists, specially new ones. Not to Jarre and his fans.

The artwork concept was a brilliant thinking. Having two different artworks for the same release helps pushing sales - those less fortunate can be happy with the exact audio content with cover number one. Other crazy completists will order both versions of the album, vinyl and whatnot. This is the first time Jarre does this, as an artwork theme. And I think it was very fortunate. Jarre is full on, bringing inspiration to us listeners and also new musicians. I myself am taking adventures on my new keyboard and was able to, for the first time, play Oxygene 4, in C minor, the song main key. Jarre is still relevant, despite a long "hiatus" and the loss and search of self-identity in problematic experimental releases: "...Cousteau" (a 46 minutes long track), "Chronologie"/"Oxygene 7-13" (melody crisis and excess of fillers), "Metamorphoses" (vocals and poor songs), "Sessions 2000" (jazz), "Téo & Tea" (eurodance and embarrassing appealing sex moanings), AERO (re-recordings not superior to originals). I do believe in God. "Electronica" Volumes 1 and 2 were a sign of recovery. "Oxygene 3" a return to form. "Equinoxe Infinity" an album to rank the top 5 in Jarre's career.

Jarre, thank you so much.
Bring it on more and more. Infinitely, until you can! :-)