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Jean Michel Jarre
Genres: Dance & Electronic, New Age, Rock
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Canadian edition of European electronic artist's 1984 album.


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All Artists: Jean Michel Jarre
Title: Zoolook
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Album Type: Import
Genres: Dance & Electronic, New Age, Rock
Styles: Electronica, Progressive, Electronic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Zoolook
UPCs: 5099748814029, 738476752023, 738476750524


Album Description
Canadian edition of European electronic artist's 1984 album.

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The odd one out
Mr. A. Pomeroy | Wiltshire, England | 05/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Jarre was never a critical favourite (in the UK he barely existed, as far as the music press was concerned), and although 'Oxygene', 'Equinoxe', 'Magnetic Fields' and 'Rendezvous' are the albums to start with if you're interested in Jarre's take on spacy synth pop, 'Zoolook' was where he went all experimental. It has Laurie Anderson on it, and is reminiscent of Brian Eno and David Byrne's 'My Life in the Bush of Ghosts', recorded as it was with an early sampler. Indeed the whole album is plastered with samples of voices, and although it sounds very old-fashioned there's a certain primitive early-80s avant garde charm to it. It's a fan favourite, with all that entails; it's hard to get into, and not all of it works, but it's intriguing. Only two of the tracks are conventional pop tunes, and if you don't like 'Ethnicolor' you're going to hate this album.

Musically it is double-plus unlike Jarre's earlier and later work, almost as if the man was channelling the spirits of Talking Heads and Peter Gabriel, and aspects of contemporary American dance music. The title track and 'Zoolookologie' are catchy and fun, the closest he came to funk. The remixed versions presented here were added quite early on in the album's run, and are superior to the generally-similar versions to be found on early LP pressings. They're almost like something by the Tom Tom Club, but with a multi-million franc budget.

Both 'Blah Blah Cafe' and 'Diva' popped up on the previous year's 'Music for Supermarkets', and the latter is presented here with Laurie Anderson performing vocal sounds. The former is again reminiscent of Talking Heads, although it doesn't really go anywhere and suffers as a result ('Diva' has a similar problem; there are two parts, but they don't progress).

'Ethnicolor' is, in contrast, a sombre dirge dotted with random sampled speech, which turns into a quasi-rock number at the end. It's the album's high point and starts off with a particularly memorable screeching noise. As far as I am concerned it's the best of Jarre's prog-esque multi-part longer pieces, quieter and sadder than 'Rendezvous II' from his next album.

'Woolloomooloo' and 'Ethnicolor II' are what would now be called ambient, although only the latter really works, its mixture of found sounds and mournful sampled cellos acting as the perfect finale. The album itself sold poorly and Jarre turned his back on this kind of this; his next release, 'Rendezvous', was slick electronic pop music with an entertainingly Wagnerian symphony taking up most of side one. 'Zoolook' is an aquired taste, and Jarre was clearly never going to be held in the same esteem as Eno or Boulez, but it remains fascinating today, a little relic of early sampling."
Very different and very good !
Vlad | | 01/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Very different from earlier J.M.Jarre and very good . Some people told me : this is not real him , it is too different . I did not agree with them . Technology was developing very fast in mid80's so as J.M.Jarre did . We can't expect him to stay in one place and not to move forward , as he did with this album .
I'll give you 2 opposite examples :
1. Kitaro . After he moved away from Japan ... his music changed from best to worse . He changed ...
2. Pierre Jeunet . The director of " City of Lost Children " and " Alien 4 ". His new film " Amelie " is soooo different from earlier work ... I was shocked by it , but I loved it . He changed but he moved forward .
So as Jean Michel Jarre with this album . Try to listen to it while walking in the crowd ... you'll find 2 different rhythms : one for you and another one " for them ". Excellent feeling of being a part of the crowd but being all by yourself at the same time ."
A stunning creation, a paradigm shift for electronica
haysonics | Sydney | 07/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There are some truly groundbreaking electronic albums out there and Zoolook is one of them. JMJ's first abums, Oxygene and Equinoxe are excellent. His 3rd album, Magnetic Fields has some great tracks but does not have the same impact. Perhaps realising this, JMJ set upon a new path. Zoolook is the result. I was 13 when this album came out and it blew my mind. Often an artist ventures in a new direction and looses himself in the process. This is not the case with Zoolook. Jarre sampled recordings of idiginious voices from many countries into his Fairlight CMI,then processed them, turning them into alien sounding instruments. Zoolook is not some arty farty attempt at creativity. The emotional responses this album engenders for me is the same nowdays as it was in 1984, the music and production was and is ahead of its time. Zoolook, Oxygene and Equinoxe are JMJ's greatest creations. Zoolook is completely different from his previous and later work. Deserving 5 stars, Zoolook is one of the most original albums ever made. My favourite album for many years, I continue to hear new things every time i give Zoolook a spin. Check it out at all costs."