Monday, 13 May 2013

MUSIC: review: Daft Punk- Random Access Memories

My thoughts on the new Daft Punk album as I listened to it for the first time. Its currently streaming for free on itunes 1 week before official release.

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1) Give Life Back To Music- FUNKY

2) The Game of Love- slow dance funk.

3) Giorgio by Moroder- Ive had this in my head ever since hearing the leek. Fucking amazing when the beat drops. This will be a single minus the talking intro. BTW this is kinda Tron meets funk. HOLY HELL THE BEAT DROPPED AGAIN! FRIGGIN WOW!

4) Within- piano beginning. Robots singing. This is a slow dance. So far this album needs more of an uplifting feel to it to make it more awesome.

5) Instant Crush- instant uplift. It has that magical feeling that stardust has, but more indie somehow. Kinda Sonic the Hedgehog. The song has a slow beat. this is becoming a trend on the album.

6) Lose Yourself to Dance- slow beat- AGAIN!! AghHHHHHH!!!!! Think Prince. In fact why isnt it Prince singing? seriously?!

7) Touch- takes time getting into the song. Still waiting. spacy and weird. OK the singing has started. boring. OK here we go; the funk dropped. Keep expecting to hear "SHAFT!". OK its gone boring again. And there we go Its back, this section is quite cool. Its gone slow again. Its gone weird and spacy again. Not bad (not instantly great either). This is going to need a few more listen toos me thinks. Ok we need to wave lighters in the air now. crappy ending. erhayaaaaaacgggghhh yuck.

8) Get Lucky- HOLY SHIT THAT INTRO. ooh interesting midsection. WHA WHAT!? That bit was sweet. BUILD UP THAT FAILED IN THE RADIO EDIT. COME ON DONT DISAPPOINT! BAH Ive done this song better. Fuck i was expecting more somehow. FUCK.

9) Beyond- slow. fed up of this non dance album. *yawns*

10) Motherboard- Royksopp? slow again. Seriously this sounds like a Royksopp song. weird watery midsection

11) Fragments of Time- FUNK. still slow. Driving song in the warm breeze. Single quality

12) Doin' it Right- slow but really really cool. Indie flavours. nice and simple song.

13) Contact- uses NASA sound files. This is like their Tron songs again. wow this song has a fast-ish paced beat! too little too late.

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This album is like Daft Punk shooting themselves in the foot on purpose (maybe both feet). Its like they didn't want to make a dance album, and are saying screw you to the fans and the industry they helped create. Bah. Stick to Discovery folks. You're wasting your time with this one. Still waiting for another Discovery. They definitely have it in them to do it again, but like I said its like they don't want too. I may not buy this. Needs to grow on me but probably wont. I take it funk isn't suppose to make you dance? Thats the impression I get from this anyway.

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EDIT-
IT GREW ON ME.
Its a mellow album. Easy listening. Sort of like a spiritual sequel to Air's Moon Safari. Its something you don't always choose to listen too in one hit, but when playing on shuffle on your ipod/walkman/phone/whatever and it switches to playing one of these songs unexpectedly it will definitely give you a genuine smile

EDIT ONE WEEK LATER-
I don't think I have ever quite experienced such a change of heart for an album as I have for this. Once you get over the fact its not a dance album, MY GOD its a good album.

4 comments:

  1. Haha, I love your sudden change of heart in how you feel about this album. I think it's really good! Check out their new video for "Lose Yourself To Dance" http://smarturl.it/DPLYTD

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    1. Well after a few months of time away from the album I now think its meh. It should have been a dance album and my respect for them has died somewhat. Theres other stuff out there way cooler.

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  2. OK its been about a year later. I have to say this is a good album. Just delete 'Touch', add in the Japanese only track whilst making it the 2nd to last track. You end up with a solid album right there.

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    1. BTW this is my go to funk / easy listening album

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