lundi 24 octobre 2016

GLENN MAIN: Tribute To Jean-Michel Jarre (2016)

“To my worn-out ears this Tribute To Jean-Michel Jarre is one of the most intelligent done in these uncountable remix and tribute to Jarre that I heard”
1 Equinoxe Part 1 1:38
2 Chronology Part 6 6:42
3 Equinoxe Part 4 4:52
4 Oxygene Part 2 5:00
5 Equinoxe Part 7 3:54
6 Magnetic Fields Part 1 4:14
7 Magnetic Fields Part 2 3:58
8 Souvenir de Chine 3:58
9 Oxygene Part 4 3:28
10 Oxgene Part 11 4:31
11 Second Rendez Vous 4:18
12 Oxygene Part 7 3:47
13 Fourth Rendez Vous 6:03

AD Music| AD186CD (CD/DDL 55:23) ***½
(Synth-Pop and Cosmic French School)
Am I wrong or the Halloween, the night of masks, is for this October 31st? I light innocently the question because Glenn Main has already found his costume and disguises himself like Jean Michel Jarre the time of an album, “Tribute To Jean-Michel Jarre”. And let me tell you that the costume is more than successful! The influence of the French musician always guided the music of Glenn Main since he heard  Oxygene and Equinoxe at the age of 9. Equinox Part 1 was his first very favorite and the title played non-stop on his tape recorder. About 20 years farther and six albums at his credit later, all influenced by the music of Jarre, Glenn Main breaks the ice and plunges into an album which redoes the biggest successes and by ricochet the music he loves the most of the famous French musician. Yes! An umpteenth album tribute to Jarre! The problem is that with all these albums, official or not, which paid tribute to Jarre or which redo his music in the form of uncountable remix, is there any more room for another album of the genre? I'm asking the question to you because I have never managed to stand none of these albums and this no matter the forms. So this “Tribute To Jean-Michel Jarre” from Glenn Main? Well...It goes down a little better. Doubtless because we have the tiny conviction that it's Jarre himself who retouches, with an extreme delicacy, this collection of 12 titles to which we listen to rather well I have to say.
Credit where credit's due, it is with this title which has so much obsessed the young
Glenn Main Henriksen that is opening “Tribute To Jean-Michel Jarre”. It's those delicate cosmic waves, rolling and rolling non-stop, which sharpen our ears with the opening track "Equinox Part 1". If the effects are almost similar, the sound of the synths remind us that we are into a tribute album here. But that remains well done. How many of remix of dance and trance were made of the music of Jarre? The version of "Chronology Part 6" belongs to this category. It's a moderated techno with a great sequencing pattern which exploits nice organic tones on a lively beat where the dance music and techno for marinated zombies are flirting marvelously. The voices are more silky and the harmonies of the synth are just a little bit different so that we appreciate Glenn Main's boldness. And the sequencer is very contagious! The version "Equinox Part 4" offers some more lively jerks. We are always in the territories of dance music where the harmonies are very close to the authentic. "Equinox Part 7 " is made in the same mold but with a wilder approach. The versions of "Magnetic Fields Part 1" and "Magnetic Fields Part 2" also offer more aggressive, more energetic structures of rhythms with a very good play of percussions, especially in "Magnetic Fields Part 2". And always, the harmonies are redone with a fair precision. What amazes the most on this album, it is that we really have the impression that it is Jarre himself who reworks his music. I like the version of "Oxygene Part 2". Glenn Main manages to keep the cosmic essence while injecting a rhythm of dance on which I would not be ashamed to dance on. It's done correctly. "Souvenir de Chine" has more soul here, more melancholy than on the original version. For me, "Oxygene Part 4" is a monument. A big piece that Glenn Main dares to reinterpret and I prefer the original, although that the Norwegian synthesist stays closer there but something is missing, or something is of much. "Oxgene Part 11" is the more trance, the more trash title of this collection. I don't know if Glenn Main wants to give a wink to these DJ and these makers of hyper modulated and noisy techno, but it's very noisy and rather irritating for my ears worn out since 1958. But I imagine that the fans of the genre are going to adore. "Second Rendez Vous", as as well "Fourth Rendez Vous", propose also these structures of boosted rhythms which we recognize on the late. The harmonies and the synths always remain faithful, in particular in the festive finale of "Second Rendez Vous"."Oxygene Part 7" offers a more danceable approach here. I stayed of ice, but that was the same thing for the original. I love a lot on the other hand the version of "Fourth Rendez Vous" with a more audacious approach of the sequencer. Not bad at all!
So, did I enjoyed this “
Tribute To Jean-Michel Jarre” concocted by Glenn Main? I guess so, even that at some points I was pleasantly enchanted. Glenn Main brushes the dance and techno approaches but without going for any reasons into those endless bang-bang boom-boom which distort too much the essence of remix. And it's doubtless the big strength, at least to my ears, of this album the tribute from Glenn Main. One of the most intelligent albums in these uncountable remix and tribute to Jarre that I heard!

Sylvain Lupari (October 24th, 2016)
gutsofdarkness.com & synthsequences.blogspot.ca

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1 commentaire:

  1. Wow :-) Thank you for a great and honest review :-)
    I am flattered and proud, and I really made this album to
    honor my great idol :-) I am glad you liked the most of it :-)
    Thank you 😊 👍

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