Review: Random Access Memories

I have a strange sort of relationship with Daft Punk. I first discovered them in January of this year, sitting in the car listening to the radio. Digital Love was the song, and it is probably one of my favourite songs of all time. Later that month I decided to give the full album (Discovery) a try, and I was pleasantly surprised. Since then, I’ve unashamedly listened to the album time and time again. It made it’s way into my daily schedule, my little treat. The album was crafted together so perfectly, it was like a story was just unfolding in front of you.

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Fast forward four months, and we’ve finally got our hands on a new album. A new Daft Punk album is something that generally creates an atmosphere of excitement, due to the fact that it isn’t a very regular occasion. The last album, Human After All (2005), was criticized for being highly repetitive. It’s safe to say that that isn’t the case with Random Access Memories.

 

Yes, Random Access Memories is the name, and fits in quite neatly. The whole album is a homage to the disco-style music of the late 70’s, early 80’s. As someone who was born decades after this time frame, the “Memories” aspect doesn’t exactly apply to me. Yet this album is possibly Daft Punk’s best to date.

The amount of variety in the album is unbelievable. With many artists including Pharrell Williams getting a piece of the Daft Punk action, they all have their own style added into the mix. Pharrell Williams songs are  catchy, upbeat and energetic, with top hit Get Lucky breaking records as the most streamed song in Spotify’s history. Paul Williams’ track Touch changes from extreme to extreme, yet leaving us with an experience you don’t seem to expect from a song of this genre.

While I understand why some fans are upset that  Daft Punk have “abandoned their roots”, they’ve done the opposite. They’ve gone back to before Discovery, back before Homework. They’ve taken music from an age that has fallen into an area forgotten by many of us, the music that inspired Daft Punk’s music from the start, and refreshed our “memories”, reminding us of this great era that many of us have never experienced. They’ve been inspired by the past, and have moulded them into something that I am proud to say is part of our present lives.

You can listen to the album on Spotify below:

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Is anyone here a Daft Punk fan? Agree with my review? Also, what’s your opinion on my reviewing style? Reviews are something that I read quite often, but hardly ever produce. Hopefully this will be the first review of many.

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