I really like it. I've listened to it a lot in the last few weeks and it's grown and grown on me. When you listen to retrowave synth music a lot of it is just bland, but go back to Oxygene 3 and Jarre is on another level. Sure, there isn't an individual stand out catchy tune like Part 4, but as an ensemble it really impressed me.
I would say yes on the whole. Four themed 'movements' collecting different styles of his music.
What this needs is a proper booklet that explains the source of the tracks and I can't find a fan website for Jarre that goes into the detail a fan would want. A lot of the tracks are not the original versions, but I need to go back through the remakes and remixes to work out if they're new to this release or perhaps the versions that appeared on Aero or some other remix disc. Eg. Oxygene 8 is definitely one of the million remix versions but I can't tell which.
This is most notable in the 'themes' movement, where several of the popular singles are enhanced versions. It annoys me I don't know if they're new to this disc or not. I need to know. I'm guessing a lot are new because I'm pretty sure I've not heard them.
Two of the tracks are totally new, Zoolookologie is so radically different it counts as new, there's an unreleased pre-oxygene track you don't really need and an excerpt from the demo version of Music for Supermarkets, so there is a reasonable amount of new stuff.
What hurts is the way some of the longer tracks have just been hacked to fit them on the disc. I'm thinking of doing a mix of this for my iPod that puts the full length versions back in. As it is the CDs are packed. Disc one is just over 82 minutes! The only other negative is too much of the early seventies beeps and squiggles stuff in the last movement.
It's nice to have a retrospective that groups together similar styles of music and covers his whole career. The 'sequences' movement really highlights how his sequencer tracks have evolved over the years when you put them next to each other. As a best of it's certainly had more thought put into it than just cutting tracks from albums. Not essential, but more interesting than a usual compilation.
I really, really hope it's my speaker setup on the PC - through the monitor - but some of the second half of the new album was really painful to listen to :-( There was a sound used that really grated.
Ah ha. Right. This new album, Amazonia, is an immersive soundtrack for a photographic exhibition by Sebastiao Salgado. He's done it using binaural sound, so it's like an 'all around you' thing designed to be heard while in the exhibition. Not so much music as an ambient soundtrack using voices, natural sound and some synth to link it all together.
Jarre did a physical album release using this software called snapshots from EoN but it's a 2 vinyl, 2 cd ltd ed that costs 300 euros. What the actual fuckery. I must find a way to hear this. I can't even install the app on any of my devices.