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Magnetic Fields

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
Type: Album
Release date: 1981
Run time: 36:01
My Rating: 9

  1. Magnetic Fields Part 1 (17:57)
  2. Magnetic Fields Part 2 (5:25)
  3. Magnetic Fields Part 3 (2:54)
  4. Magnetic Fields Part 4 (6:12)
  5. Magnetic Fields Part 5 (3:31)


The first half of this album is an intricately constructed suite, in the middle of which is a trippy ambient section with distorted voices and the occasional passing aeroplane. There's the sense Jarre has hit his stride and is allowing the music to flow from him (so to speak, else ewwww).

Part 2 is a classic track, of course, and was covered by Ed Starink. And then... TRAIN! Part 3 is a study in relaxation, with gently washing waves, leading into the purely electronic Part 4 (Pure that is, but for the vocodering which sounds mildly Oldfieldian). And then... TRAIN! Part 5 is sort of Caribbean-y and reminiscent of Calypso.

Altogether a remarkably modern sounding album. I'd thought it had been a 90s jobbie until I saw the 1981 copyright date. Perhaps that's the remastering helping there.

[Cover - please do not remote link]

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