Téo & Téa

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Téo & Téa
Studio album by Jean Michel Jarre
Released Europe March 26, 2007 (2007-03-26)
United States April 16, 2007 (2007-04-16)
Recorded 2006
Genre Electronica, dance, electro, breakbeat, rave, chill-out, downtempo, ambient
Label Warner Music
Producer Jean Michel Jarre
Jean Michel Jarre chronology
Sublime Mix
(2006)
Téo & Téa
(2007)
Oxygène: New Master Recording
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
The Guardian 1/5 stars [2]
IM 3/5 stars [3]
Indie London 3.5/5 stars [4]
The Times 1/5 stars [5]
Uncut 1/5 stars[citation needed]

Téo & Téa is a conceptual album by French composer and artist Jean Michel Jarre, published by Warner Music in late March 2007. The album was released in the U.S. three weeks later, on 16 April 2007. It is Jarre's thirteenth studio album.

The album tells, in musical form, a metaphorical love story of fictional cartoon characters Téo and Téa, two lookalike creatures (one male, one female) who meet, fall in love and spend one day together.[6] They are seen in the computer-animated video clip accompanying the title track.

The album was launched, in physical form, as an edition containing just the CD and also as a "De Luxe Edition" containing the CD bundled with a DVD. The DVD features the same tracks mixed for 5.1 surround sound, as well as the video clip for the title track in high-definition, viewable on personal computers.

Téo & Téa is of a more simplistic and playful nature than Jarre's previous albums and, like 2000's Métamorphoses, is dance-oriented.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fresh News" – 2:42
  2. "Téo & Téa" – 3:27
  3. "Beautiful Agony" – 4:38
  4. "Touch to Remember" – 6:07
  5. "OK, Do It Fast" – 3:23
  6. "Partners in Crime 1" – 3:38
  7. "Partners in Crime 2" – 3:33
  8. "Chatterbox" – 2:14
  9. "In the Mood for You" – 4:18
  10. "Gossip" – 2:09
  11. "Vintage" – 3:04
  12. "Melancholic Rodeo" – 3:46
  13. "Téo & Téa 4:00 AM" – 7:06

Pre-launch campaign[edit]

The launch marketing campaign of Téo & Téa started in January 2007, two months prior to the album's launch, with video teasers on YouTube, a CD single for clubs and radio stations, pages on Myspace, T-shirts featuring three different motifs on Spreadshirt, and a DVD single released to clubs and TV stations. In all these cases the name of Jean Michel Jarre was not mentioned or associated with the music. A promotional audio CD of the album was released to the press in February 2007, this time mentioning Jarre's name. On 20 March 2007, an official companion website was launched.

Special editions[edit]

A promotional CD single, including the track "Téo & Téa", and a promotional DVD single including the video clip for the same track, were released to clubs and radio stations in February 2007, without reference to composer or artist. A promotional audio CD of the album was released to the press in February 2007.

The iTunes release of the album includes some exclusive bonuses: the videos "Making of (English)" – 8:35 and "Making of (French)" – 11:30; pre-orders also included the tracks "Téo & Téa — 6:00 AM Special" and "Jean Michel Jarre's Track-by-Track Commentary" (English and French versions).

French hypermarket chain Carrefour included an exclusive 32-page booklet with the album.

Singles[edit]

Two singles have been released, the first, "Téo & Téa", as a promotional for clubs and radio stations in February 2007 and then in a general release. The second, "Vintage", was released in digital download format only, in July 2007, including two remixes by ATB.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
French Albums Chart 8
Polish Albums Chart 8
Hungarian Albums Chart 8
Belgian (Waloon) Albums Chart 9
Greek Album Chart 23
Swiss Album Chart 43
Spanish Album Chart 45
Dutch Album Chart 45
Italian Album Chart 84
UK Albums Chart 103

Attribution of preset patches[edit]

Téo & Téa features patches of drum patterns found on the Roland MC-808,[8] a Groovebox of which the album makes quite heavy use. Starting from 19 June 2007, there was a debate amongst fans at several internet forums regarding Jarre's participation in creating them, or that he might have copied them in the album with too much ease.[9][10] Usage of these patterns is not illegal, as expressed in the user manual on page 13.

Jarre's management Aero Productions responded on the matter on 28 June 2007 with a statement to the administrator of the then Jarre's "official" web forum, who posted the following message on:[11]

"Jean Michel Jarre explained that he entered into a partnership with Roland Japan last year, to collaborate with and contribute to demos, patterns and presets for their future products. Jean Michel Jarre explained that the Roland MC808 was one of these products, therefore it is not surprising that certain elements of his new TÉO & TÉA album appear on the Roland MC-808, or any other recent Roland product for that matter."

However, the original statement from Jarre and Aero Productions has not been made public, nor has it been explicitly stated that Jarre is the sole creator of the patterns.

Jarre was credited with a patch on another model of Roland that was released in the same year, the Roland SH-201,[12] but Jarre's name does not appear on Roland's list of patch creators for the MC-808,[13] Tim Hüfken (credited as "artistic collaborator" in the booklet of Téo & Téa) appears instead. On the other hand, Jarre himself is credited in the booklet of Téo & Téa for "drums programming" on the Roland MC-808.

Comment by Jarre on the album[edit]

In an interview by French Trax magazine in 2010, Jean Michel Jarre said Téo & Téa had been a mistake in his career:

C'etait une erreur cet album, une connerie. Sur un plan personnel, j'avais plein de galères et je me suis amusé à jouer avec des samples, comme une récréation. Et on l'a sorti comme album. Mais quand je le réécoute aujourd'hui... Je l'assume, hein, il faut bien assumer ce qu'on fait, mais je ne le referais pas. (This album was a mistake, a dumb thing to do. I had a lot of personal problems at the time, and I kept myself entertained playing with these samples. And then they were released as an album. But when I listen to the album today... well, one has to stand behind one's own work, I guess, but I really wouldn't do it again.)

—Jean-Michel Jarre, [14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Téo & Téa at AllMusic
  2. ^ Dave Simpson. "CD: Jean Michel Jarre, Téo & Téa | Music | The Guardian". Arts.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  3. ^ "Jean Michel Jarre - "Teo & Tea" - INFOMUSIC". Infomusic.pl. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  4. ^ "Jean Michel Jarre - Teo & Tea - Your London Reviews". IndieLondon. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  5. ^ Post (2012-03-05). "The Times | UK News, World News and Opinion". Entertainment.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  6. ^ Warner Music press release
  7. ^ Téo & Téa CD booklet
  8. ^ Roland MC-808's drum patterns and sequences found on Téo & Téa on YouTube
  9. ^ jarreforum.com
  10. ^ BlaBlahCafe forum of Zoolook.nl
  11. ^ jarreforum.com Admin message 28-Jun-2007
  12. ^ Roland december 2006 pressrelease
  13. ^ MC-808 betatest
  14. ^ Jean-Michel Jarre: Le Vraivisage du Roi de L'electro (133), Trax, 2010-03-01, p. 44–51 

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