Random Access Memories has been chugging along aboard one of the largest hype trains for a new music release in over a decade. Can Daft Punk’s fourth effort live up to the gargantuan expectations facing it?
You bet it can. This album will blow your mind. Random Access Memories is the most ambitious album you will listen to this year. Daft Punk has seemingly moved away from the house music they so heavily influenced and have instead created something which sounds utterly unique. And I loved every darn second of it. The album opens up with the track Give Life Back to Music – and Daft Punk has done just that. The Robot pair has pushed the boundaries of what is expected from dance music in an exciting new direction. This is the best album released in 2013 and arguably the best album to be released this century.
Giorgio by Moroder features a surprise monologue by Giorgio Moroder narrating his life, which later erupts into a dance floor-bound synth-anthem. The Paul Williams-featuring epic Touch is a remarkable genre-hopping extravaganza, with its sound constantly morphing throughout. Many people have noted that Touch is the closest you will ever feel to being in a Disney film. Also, Pitchfork rightly hailed it as recalling The Beatles classic A Day in the Life. Of course, there is the monolithic song of the summer Get Lucky, with Pharrell Williams’s smooth, honey-glazed vocals helping create one of the catchiest songs you will ever hear. Trust me – you will never be able to get it out of your head. The incredible Lose Yourself to Dance, also featuring Williams, is another standout track, forming almost a companion piece to Get Lucky; it is evidence of the power of repetition. I can’t understand why I am addicted to listening to the robot-duo repeat “come on come on come on” throughout – but who cares? It sounds great and the song just soars. Doin’ It Right is also stunning, featuring Panda Bear’s (from Animal Collective) clean vocals contrasting well against the robots repetitiveness.Then there is the roaring Contact, featuring a recording from the Apollo 17 spaceflight, which closes the album to a fantastically manic pace. Apart from The Game of Love, which is a little underwhelming since it sounds relatively pedestrian in the grand scheme of the album, all of the songs on the record are sensational.
One of the things I love about Random Access Memories is that it really feels like an album. Daft Punk’s effort flows beautifully from track to track, seamlessly guiding you along. It’s one of the most pleasurable audible experiences you can enjoy.
Hugely ambitious, exceedingly exciting and just down-right brilliant, Random Access Memories is all of these things and more. The Oxford English Dictionary would need an extension to really do it justice. Daft Punk has reeled out a sucker punch to the solar plexus of blaring and unimaginative artists (such as Pitbull and LMFAO) who soundtrack many dance floors around the world. The robot-duo have delivered a shining example of how much fun dance music can really be. Random Access Memories glistens, much like the robot’s sequin suits, of excellence. This is a masterpiece, which everyone should listen to.