After many years passed I listened to again Jarre and I'm dissapointed. This music is not timeless. After expericening all of new stuff like idm, breakcore, drone, noise and psytrance Jarre sounds boring and old-fashioned. It's like listening to Steve Reich, only for get known who was the pioneer. Sorry :)
New album ? Big names - generic outcome. IMO the only interesting [or at least worth second listening/coming back to] collabs here are with AIR, Fuck Buttons and 3D [that track should be listed as 3D feat. JMJ lol] - those tracks stand out. And Moby - to some extent, if you are into his despair-tronica. The Vince Clarke collab is [claps??] disappointing. The rest is some bland mix of late-JMJ generic dance stuff, nothing mind-blowing [with a nicey piano track at the end]. The album in general sounds like an attempt at sounding epic. It has more of historical value as a gathering of well-known or established music producers. P.S. And I will never accept the fact that my childhood electronic hero, once a pioneer and one of electronica gods, JMJ, one day started doing 4/4 dancey stuff. It's not ground-breaking anymore, it's just going with the mainstream flow. Sad.
I adore both Oxygens and Equinoxe, as well as a couple of tracks in Magnetic Fields and Rendez-Vous. But I also believe that a creator is a person and they should go on with musical exploration, so being dissapointed with some works is totally incorrect. Creation is a process of searching.
this is the website of Soniq Theater: http://www.soniqtheater.de the music is progressive rock with electronic influences, best compared to ELP, Rick Wakeman, Jean Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream. You can listen to all Soniq Theater music there and learn more about Soniq Theater. Reviewers and Radio-DJs: free download is possible but you can also get free promo CDs.
Read an excellent interview with Michel Geiss, a long time collaborator of JMJ: http://en.jeanmicheljarre.es/interview-with-michel-geiss-i/ & http://en.jeanmicheljarre.es/interview-with-michel-geiss-ii/
"The official website of the artist spells its name without « - » between Jean and Michel." That is really a load of crap supposed to simplify the writing of his name for the international market!!! Sigh. Is it that difficult to add an "-" between Jean and Michel? It's a hyphenated first name and it is very frequent in France! Please make the effort.