Hello ladies and gents and welcome to my first album review in just over a year, today I’m gonna be talking about one of my most anticipated albums of the last few years, Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. Now love Daft Punk and I’ve been waiting for a new studio album from them for what seems to be an eternity and while I loved the Tron: Legacy soundtrack I wanted another studio album. So just before the album’s worldwide release on May 20th, iTunes streamed the album for free on Wednesday May 16th and I had a listen. And so after listening to the album a second time though today I think I’m ready to give my review.
Now people going into this album expecting the same old Daft Punk sound will be surprised by what they come across. This album is a totally different kettle of fish. Random Access Memories is really a callback to the older days of music with a heavy influence from the disco and funk genres and feels very reflective of the 1970s time of music. Even with these new influences there is still that electronic sound that Daft Punk are known for sprinkled around and the way it all comes together is beautiful.
Obviously Daft Punk aren’t alone in this new album as they have collaborated with several different musicians to acquire their new sound and those artists are as follows: Panda Bear, Julian Casablancas, Todd Edwards, DJ Falcon, Chilly Gonzales, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams and Pharrell Williams. Each of these collaborators brings a different flavour to this album and it is great treat to have so many people come together to creat something so unique.
Okay now let’s get into the tracks themselves. The album begins with a great funky disco sound with “Give Life Back to Music” that gets you in that groove for busting out some moves on the dancefloor. Then we have “The Game of Love” which is definitely a slower groove and feels like an electronic slow love song, I get some Tron: Legacy vibes from this song. “Giorgio by Moroder” is one of the longer tracks on the album but it’s still pretty awesome and features a nice monologue from Giorgio Moroder and an awesome breakdown and build up near the middle of the song which sounds so impactful and grand. “Within” is a nice track too, it’s another slower song but it has its moments of beauty. And there’s “Instant Crush” which features some beautiful vocals from Julian Casablancas and a wonderful sound to go along with it. Now we come to “Lose Yourself To Dance” one my favourite tracks on the album, as soon as Pharrell’s vocals come in I fall in love. This song is an instant favourite due to Pharrell, the layered electronic vocals and Nile Rodgers guitar work. It all works in a sexy and groovy fashion.
“Touch” featuring contributions from Paul Williams is a fairly dramatic song featuring some piano work, a choir and very emotive sound. Then we move onto the now-famous track “Get Lucky” hearing it in its full entirety is a great feeling, it’s still awesome if a tad repetitive. The song is probably the most uplifting and dance-based song on the album so people expecting more tracks as fast paced as this song may be disappointed, but I say it works in context of the rest of the album. “Beyond” definitely starts out in an incredible and dramatic fashion and then settles into softer, more funky sound with electronic vocals. “Motherboard” for me is where things start to get very interesting, I just loved the use of instruments and electronic sounds, the slow down and build up, the only problem I have is that there’s some weird ass liquid noises in this track too. “Fragments of Time” is a lovely upbeat tune that really feels good and features some nice vocals from Todd Edwards. “Doin’ It Right” featuring Panda Bear is a lovely track which I like due to the simplicity, electronic beats and vocals. And lastly “Contact” has an introduction with a recording from the Apollo 17 mission, but then it moves onto a beastly electronic sound which is heavy on the beats and percussion and is a fantastic finish to the album.
My personal favourite tracks:
- Giorgio by Moroder
- Instant Crush
- Lose Yourself To Dance
- Get Lucky
- Fragments of Time
- Doin’ It Right
So to conclude Random Access Memories a great album and I think I’ll be listening to it for a long while after my first listen. Honestly this album is an experience and one of the most interesting, diverse and groovy sounds I’ve come across in a while. It is totally from an older time but also sounds totally new and fresh at the same time. Daft Punk have crafted something that I think in time will capture the ears and hearts of many in months/years to come. I say do yourself a favour and have a listen, Daft Punk are back and their sound is totally out of this world!
So have you heard the epic sounds of Random Access Memories and if so how do you feel about it? Do you love Daft Punk’s return to music or do you hate it? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya around yo! 😀