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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Lupari

JEAN MICHEL JARRE: Electronica 2-The Heart Of Noise (2016)

The big highlight of Electronica 2 - The Heart Of Noise is that we have finally find Jean Michel Jarre...He was hiding beneath his own skin!!!

1 Part 1 ( Rone) 4:26 2 Part 2 4:10 3 Brick England (The Pet Shop Boys) 4:01 4 These Creatures (Julia Holter) 3:40 5 As One (Primal Scream) 3:58 6 Here for You (Gary Numan) 3:59 7 Electrees (Hans Zimmer) 4:10 8 Exit (Edward Snowden) 6:19 9 What You Want (Peaches) 3:27 10 Gisele (Sébastien Tellier) 3:43 11 Switch on Leon (The Orb) 4:43 12 Circus (Siriusmo) 3:09

13 Why This, Why That And Why? (Yello) 3:58 14 The Architect (Jeff Mills) 4:43 15 Swipe to the Right (Cyndi Lauper) 4:54 16 Walking the Mile (Christophe) 4:52 17 Falling Down 3:23 18 The Heart o Noise (The Origin) 2:39 Columbia | 88875196672

(CD 74:16) (V.F.)

(Electronica, techno & synth-pop)

I liked it more than not! My first attempt has stopped dead at Brick England, with The Pet Shop Boys, a thing hyper synth-pop which flooded me the ears of signals such as: I must stop here!!! And then, I had to speak about it. I wrote about Electronica 1-The Time Machine and people were asking why this silence regarding ELECTRONICA 2- The Heart Of Noise! I would answer; because it must be so! It's necessary to know how to stand back and leave the disappointment gone before writing a thing which would haunt me for years. You want to know what? Well I did well. The introduction of this 2nd volume on the way of seeing things in the world of EM by our Cyrano of synths demonstrates that a thing; Jean Michel Jarre is really hiding in Jean Michel Jarre.

Cosmic as we wish, with a progression in the rhythm which is reminiscent of Zoolook, because of the organic sequences and percussions which slam from everywhere, the segment Part 1 and Part 2 is definitively what that Jarre did best since Revolutions. The approach is very dance with a synth as harmonious as those beautiful tunes of a synth-pop is a thing which will haunt your ears for weeks to come. And then comes Brick England! I shall not speak about it because it's a thing which is not just in my musical tastes and which was never moreover. It's the same thing with Peaches in What You Want. Hip-Hop, Funk, Rythms and Blues! Name it, it's a very versatile track, but I know that the fans of Jarre's dance and pop era are shouting to the genius here...The same goes for the heavy techno-pop rhythm of Gisele. Who is Sébastien Tellier? Any idea, but that gives a lively and heavy hyper thing which can remind Kraftwerk which would have had the taste to create. The ambient rhythm as so cosmic as oniric of These Creatures made me realize that I had to go farther in this album. The voice of Julia Holter is wonderful and enchants on a finely jerky structure. As One is a big techno hyper well structured which reminds me of Chronology 4. I don't know Primal Scream, but it would seem that it's a remix of their title Come Together. Here for You with Gary Numan is a good and rather lively synth-pop which sounds very 80's, except for the arrangements of the percussions which are loaded of vitamins. Here and all over this album which is a good balance between all the styles of modern and danceable EM. The more I listen to and the more I like this song. And it's the same thing with Swipe to the Right where the voice of Cyndi Lauper seems to me unrecognizable by moments. But why not Bondie! The moods would have fit for her, but in a rhythmic envelope which is wild and full of so many elements that the hearing loses its listening abilities.

I looked forward to listening to Electrees