Métamorphoses

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Métamorphoses
Studio album by Jean Michel Jarre
Released Europe January 24, 2000 (2000-01-24)
United States May 25, 2004 (2004-05-25)
Recorded 1999
Genre Electronica, dance, breakbeat, downtempo, electro, ambient, world music
Length 60:09
Label Sony Music
Disques Dreyfus
Producer Jean Michel Jarre
Joachim Garraud
Jean Michel Jarre chronology
Odyssey Through O2
(1998)
Métamorphoses
(2000)
Interior Music
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Métamorphoses is an album by Jean Michel Jarre, released on Sony Music in 2000. It was released in the U.S. on Disques Dreyfus in 2004. It is his tenth overall studio album.

This album was, to fans, a surprising break from his previous works, as it makes extensive use of vocal elements, as well as house, techno, trance, dance-pop, breakbeat, and downtempo sounds. The vocal elements are not short, sampled pieces as highlighted in his album Zoolook, but longer, more integral parts of the work, and thus quite surprising for an artist known for his instrumental works. Métamorphoses is also Jarre's first album to contain actual songs with lyrics. Jarre's own voice is heard through a vocoder in many of the songs, but the album contains several other singers as well, mostly female singers. "Rendez-vous à Paris" features Sharon Corr on violin. "Rendez-vous à Paris" and "Bells" are the only largely instrumental tracks on the album; in the former only the track title is repeated in rhythm, the latter does not have intelligible lyrics. Although the album was generally not badly received by critics, and despite the collaborations and a number of single releases ("C'est la vie" and "Tout est bleu"), Jarre did not achieve great mainstream success with this album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Je me souviens" – 4:25
  2. "C'est la Vie" – 7:11
  3. "Rendez-vous à Paris" – 4:19
  4. "Hey Gagarin" – 6:20
  5. "Millions of Stars" – 5:41
  6. "Tout est bleu" – 6:01
  7. "Love Love Love" – 4:26
  8. "Bells" – 3:49
  9. "Miss Moon" – 6:08
  10. "Give Me a Sign" – 3:49
  11. "Gloria, Lonely Boy" – 5:31
  12. "Silhouette" – 2:29

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Additional information[edit]

  • Themes "Bells", "Je me souviens", "Miss Moon", "Millions of Stars", "Hey Gagarin", "Gloria, Lonely Boy", "C'est la vie", "Tout est bleu" and "Give Me A Sign" were performed live at The Twelve Dreams of the Sun concert, in December 31, 1999, along with classical hits by Jarre.
  • It was originally planned that Kraftwerk would collaborate on the album, but this did not happen due to artistic disagreements.[citation needed]
  • A 6-track promo version of Métamorphoses exists with an extended version of "Hey Gagarin" (length 8:33).
  • A song initially planned for the album named "Crazy Saturday" was omitted from the album. It resurfaced a few months later and was renamed "Metamorphoses" and used in the "Global Tekno" art exhibition, part of the Festival d'Avignon. In 2006 the track finally got released on iTunes as part of Live Printemps de Bourges 2002. Again the track was renamed, this time to "Body Language".
  • The lead melody of the song "Je me souviens" re-appears in the title track of Jarre's AERO album, although it is altered slightly.

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