9.3 [MUST LISTEN]
Daft Punk returns back to us with Random Access Memories, their fourth album. The french duo return after sitting back for seven years, not counting their score work for TRON: Legacy. They are back with a vengeance, pairing up with the likes of Panda Bear, Paul Williams, Pharrell Williams, and Julian Casablancas on several tracks. Might it be the duo's attempt at escaping the gimmick of the synthesized voice or is it just an attempt at something new? Who's to say, but it works extremely well. The first single off of the album, Get Lucky ft. Pharrell Williams, is a deliciously fun, funky track. The radio edit is about four minutes long where as the album version is six minutes. The extended album version seems to be even better and more funky, combining Daft Punk's signature computer voice with Pharrell's vocals creating a very unique teaming of sounds. The album is very complex and unique from any of their other works. This albums seems to be more intimate and almost as if they're telling a story apposed to compiling a record full of cool songs. The song, Giorgio by Moroder, is almost an entire story of it's own. It starts with dialogue from Giorgio Moroder talking about his journey of becoming a musician and his discovery of the synthesizer and the creation of dance/techno music. The song then transitions into an epic filled with rises and falls, creating by far the coolest, most awesome track I've ever heard from Daft Punk. The album gets even more amazing with Instant Crush ft. Julian Casablanca, this song continues the theme of regret that is brought up in The Game of Love. An amazing team up on this song, using Julian's brilliant voice and editing the fuck out of it to make it even cooler and having it really bring out the emotion. The album continues on epically and brings us to Doin' It Right ft. Panda Bear, the funk is almost too much to handle with this yet another amazing collaborative effort. RAM is wrapped up epically with the albums final track, Contact. With Random Access Memories, Daft Punk continues to show why they are the face of House music.