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  • Summary: The latest full-length release from French electronic producer Jean-Michel Jarre was inspired by musique concrete and Pierre Henry.
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  • Record Label: Sony Music Entertainment
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Adult Alternative, Ambient, New Age, Trance, Avant-Garde, Pop/Rock, Club/Dance, Experimental Electronic, Mixed Media, Progressive Electronic
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  1. Mojo
    Oct 24, 2022
    A sonic adventure best enjoyed with very good headphones. [Dec 2022, p.85]
  2. Uncut
    Oct 24, 2022
    The spacious, stereo-panning "binaural" sound mix works particularly well as a headphones album. [Dec 2022, p.29]
  3. Oct 25, 2022
    For the most part, Jarre has effectively dovetailed repetitive drum patterns, slow-rising, siren-like synths and processed voice on Oxymore – making this a pretty dancefloor friendly record. However, tracks like ‘Synthy Sisters’ and ‘Epica’ are not devoid of their monotonous moments that seem to tune out in comparison with his penchant for the agile textures of musique concrète.
  4. Oct 24, 2022
    No half measures or quarters are given, and as a tribute to Pierre Henry it is a fitting piece of work indeed. Yet the lack of human feeling continues to be a problem, and the unremitting bleakness of Oxymore – though accurate for our age – makes it an album for admiration rather than love.
  5. 60
    As displayed by the title track and the pumping Brutalism, Oxymore feels stuck in the 90s rather than the work of two trailblazers, though at least Epica’s hands-in-the-air dynamics feels fresher. [Nov 2022, p.71]
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