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DAFT PUNK 'RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES' - REVIEW

DAFT PUNK ‘RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES’

Published on May 14th, 2013
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It’s time to dump Molly and jazz yourself with your favorite color of Johnnie on the rocks because in pop culture and dance, it doesn’t get any smoother than Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter’s long awaited album ‘Random Access Memories’. ‘R.A.M.’ takes you to familiar territories, most resembling ‘Discovery’ but it spreads apart from all their previous work at the same time. Perhaps this is because every instrument was recorded live rather than the duo sampling everything, an audiophiles dream come true.

‘R.A.M.’ almost feels like Pink Floyd dancing with a meloncholy robot at times and that’s not a bad thing because it gives ‘R.A.M.’ a powerful emotion that makes our favorite robots feel very human. Perhaps that is the overall experience of Daft Punk’s music over the years? A tale of two robots becoming human; a modern tale of Pinnochio through music. ‘R.A.M.’ is a freak science project of beautiful noise demonstrated by warm-hearty analog sounds in an all out attention to detail production that would even make Einstein blush.

Listening to the album with headphones is digging for ear gold with the assemblings of rich guitar tones, colorful vocals, sizzlingly-sharp percussions, well arranged orchestrals, and a surprisingly subtle offerings of the synth.

All in all, ‘Random Access Memories’ will bore the hell out of “The Teenage Mutant Neon-Glowing Candy-Kids” or whatever they are called and that is fine with me since ‘R.A.M.’ separates Daft Punk from acts like Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia, and whomever is taking over the latest circuit of dance music trends. Good riddance. However don’t expect “in your face” ground-breaking dance music since most of the album is a slow jam of sorts. ‘R.A.M.’ is like an oxy-moron of an album but it all works to the eleventh degree. Whatever that may mean to you, just pop in the album, soak in the charm of Daft Punk’s sound, and as my roommate says, it’s “spooky-funkasauras”. Kudos and happy listening.

DAFT PUNK’S ‘RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES’ DUE OUT NEXT TUESDAY, MAY 21.

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