I wouldn't know. MyDirect is being terrible as always and still hasn't send me my download...
Edit: More hidden pictures!
From Switch on Leon (The Orb) towards the end.
Short and personal impressions on from just my first time listening.
The Heart of Noise Pt. 1 & Pt. 2
Very Vangelis sounding, it's a great way to open the album. The second part could've been done without, but it's a harmless more upbeat version.
I quite like the track. It's nothing special, but it did click with me immediately. Can't really put my finger on why. Harmless fun I guess!
It's not a bad track, but this was outright boring. The music is not memorable, and the lyrics (and voice) aren't strong enough to support the music. A different singer could've saved this from being completely forgettable I guess. But even that I doubt actually.
It start very Ethnicolor-ish, which is a good thing! But nearly a minute and a half of built up on a four minute track is way to long. I absolutely loved the rest of the track, but it should've been a bit longer because I freakin LOVE the second part! By far the best collaboration track of the bunch! You can even argue of both albums, but with how good The Time Machine was that'd be one hell of a discussion!
Here For You:
The chorus is fine, but I'm, not a fan of Numan's singing outside of that. I guess that's just the guy though. The music is fine, nothing good, nothing bad. Just meh.
It stars super Jarre-ish, but a tad lighter than usual. But what I had with As One goes for this as well, so much build up for not enough payback. The track should've been much
longer and with a stronger punch at the end. But it's great to hear Zimmer outside of his movie scores for once.
Solo Jarre and very... Not Jarre... Like at all. But I like the track, it does go pretty well with the concept of data security and breaching. It almost feels like a track from the Brosnan Bond films. Which is not a bad thing.
What You Want:
Already mentioned this when the single was released, absolutely terrible track. Terrible Lyrics, so-so music and the Magnetic Fields Pt. 2 drum doesn't help what-so-ever!
The Travelator Pt. 2 of this album, and that's a very good thing! Not a fan of whatever the hell for weird filter they decided to throw over Tellier's voice. But it's still a really fun track!
Switch on Leon:
And another track that seems to build up a lot with not enough of a pay-off. I like the track, both the first half and the second half. But it just feels like the balance is off.
The track (outside of Falling Down) that I was most looking forward actually. The trailer had the short chorus and I absolutely loved it. And the full track doesn't disappoint. It's a great track, I just wish it went on longer!
Why This, Why That and Why:
Two words: Oh Yeah
It's a good track, but it lacks any cohesive structure I feel. I really like the 'whoop'ing sound throughout. Can't really say much about the track honestly. It's just fine I guess.
Swipe To The Right:
I love me some Cindy Lauper. I really do. But did she really have to use that terrible whiny voice? I like the rest of it however. Great voice in the chorus, music sounds pretty good (though I do wish we got the 'leaked' demo also). It's a pretty good pop track all in all actually.
Walking the Mile:
I think this track has the same problems as What You Want has. The music just isn't very good and the lyrics don't help either. It's no doubt the better track of the two, but not by much. The guitar and Jazz ending really saves the track from complete disaster honestly. Actually, I think if the entire track was the Jazz ending I would've considered this one of the better tracks on the album!
THIS! THIS IS WHAT I WANTED MOST OF ALL! It sounds like what Jarre would do these days and I love it! The voice could've been dropped, but the music sounds great! I absolutely love it!
The Heart of Noise (The Origin):
It's basically The Heart of Noise but more... Well I'm not sure what I'm supposed to think. I think this was the demo or something. This really was just a filler.
Overall thoughts shared between the two albums. The Heart of Noise has the higher highs, but sadly also the much, much
lower lows. The Time Machine has the much more cohesive structure of the two albums and it's overall quality seems much higher.
I'm not sure if that's because that album had more time and this album being seemingly pushed out in the six months since the last one. I guess there's enough between the two albums to justify both albums existing. But there's sadly also a lot that's completely forgettable.
Now the real question is: What happened to that promised solo album?