Speaking personally here, I’ve never been much of a Daft Punk fan. Until their soundtrack for Tron: Legacy came out, I had no interest in their music whatsoever. The soundtrack was really great, but their standalone work just didn’t pique my tastes. Mind you, I’m a huge fan of dubstep and techno as a whole, following artists such as Skrillex, DeadMau5, The Glitch Mob, and any Ellie Goulding remix. For whatever reason though, Daft Punk just didn’t sit well with me.
Enter ‘Random Access Memories’, and now I’m a believer. A friend said it perfectly, in that he’d “never grooved harder to an album before”, and he’s possibly Daft Punk’s #1 fan. If he’s heaping praise on this album, then it clearly must be good. And it really, really is.
Amid the mixed reviews, especially for the ‘Giorgio by Moroder’ track, which is quite different, this album is set to innovate the music industry, and signal Daft Punk’s return to the spotlight. The music is very mellow, with DP’s signature sound and mixing. They have a bunch of featured artists lending their vocal talent to the album, which brings it to life.
My favorites on the album are ‘Lose Yourself To Dance’, ‘Touch (ft. Pharrell Williams), and ‘Give Life Back To Music’. Unlike most everyone else, I don’t list ‘Get Lucky (ft Pharrell Williams) on my top list. It’s a great song, but not the best on the album by far.
If you’re looking for another ‘Homework’ or ‘Human After All’, you won’t find that with ‘Random Access Memories’. It’s a new direction for DP, which is awesome, because bands that can’t innovate will quickly find themselves on the has-been list.
On a side note, this will be my first Vinyl purchase for an album other than Frank Sinatra LP’s I’ve picked up at the music store. It’s just the kind of music that deserves a rich playback experience, more than a digital version can offer. However, the $9.99 pre-order price on Amazon is definitely worth it for the physical CD. For some, $35 for a Vinyl might be a bit pricey, but I can dig.
All in all, you absolutely won’t want to miss out on ‘Random Access Memories’.