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Album Review: Random Access Memories by Daft Punk


The name “Daft Punk” has since become synonymous with electronica, specifically the dance floor-type. You might remember them from the late 90s as the helmet-wearing duo who seem more robot than human.

I want one of them helmets.

Random Access Memories is the duo’s latest album since the Tron: Legacy soundtrack. At first listen, it would seem that nothing’s changed much since “Around the World”, despite being more than a decade apart. Some of you may even start dismissing Daft Punk as “one of those electronica groups whose songs all sound the same”. But in fact, there are some noticeable changes with this album.

It doesn’t actually sound 90s

Yes, that's Mr. Nile Rodgers on the left.

Actually, it sounds more late 70s to early 80s, and I’m talking about the sound of synth disco (I don’t think that’s actually a musical genre). I think it's the guitar riffs that make it sound disco. But come to think of it…

It doesn't sound like pure disco, either

I want a shiny jacket like that, please.

What it sounds like is a reinvention of the 70s disco sound, incorporating the unmistakeable electronica elements only Daft Punk can give. It's like hybrid disco. If there isn't such a term, I call dibs on it.

It features muscial collaborations

Nope. Nice try, though.

Most notably Pharrell Williams. And also Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, and disco legends Giorgio Moroder, and Nile Rodgers. Did I already mention Pharrell? Of course I did.

This album deserves the critical acclaim it has received, simply for being a great collection of great music by great artists. And for the record, vocoder > autotune.

Random Access Memories. Daft Punk. 2013.

Original rating: 8.0 / 10
Dance-ability of "Lose Yourself to Dance": + 0.1
Pharrell Williams: + 0.05 per track = + 0.1
Funky beats on "Giorgio by Moroder": + 0.05
Trippiness of "Contact": + 0.05
Final rating: 8.3 / 10

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