Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygène (1976)
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Made in France Artist #1: Manu Chao
Made in France Artist #2: Daft Punk
Made in France Artist #3: Jean Michel Jarre
Why this album? Why now?
I blame some fine fellow bloggers.
1) Until I read Hackskeptic (and fellow Geoff)’s recent concert stats post, I hadn’t realized Jean Michel Jarre (JMJ) holds the distinction of playing for the world’s biggest concert audience: a staggering 3.5 million in a 1997 Moscow attendance. He also played for the 3rd largest crowd 7 years earlier in Paris, though only for a mere 2.5 million fans! Surely, if you can appeal to that many Parisians and Muscovites (incidentally, what a demonym), Oxygène must be worth exploring.
2) Sir 1537’s revisiting of the album from last week; a far from unfavorable review. Has a Welshman, or even a Welshman’s 7-year old self, ever steered me wrong?
3) The line “taste and opinion are only instant” from the poem ‘critique’ by ofopinions. Oxygène didn’t seem like an album to award a thumbs up/down and move on. Much like ofopinions’s writing, I had a feeling this might be a record that would stay with me long after the fact.
One must approach Oxygène with the right mindset, it is not for the synth-phobic. I imagine many suffering from such an affliction will only be able to hear Ross Geller.
But the loss would be theirs.
With an open mind, this is a fantastic listening experience.
Fittingly, my first impressions of Oxygène were formed while I was preparing my ‘First Impressions’ early report cards for my Grade 9 business class.
On several of the reports, I found myself saying “Student name demonstrates his/her creativity, notably in his/her ‘In the year 2040’ assignment.” (The 2040 assignment is a formative literacy activity, where the students describe how technology will impact a day in their life in the future titular year).
I could have easily written a similar, positive report for young Monsieur Jarre.
And so I did: