I keep the reviews short, to the point, without fluff language. We grade on a 5-point scale, by the "$" to represent our suggestion on how to approach purchasing the album. It goes like this: $ - don't buy, $$ - buy the singles online, $$$ - download the whole album online, $$$$ - buy a physical copy, $$$$$ - buy the deluxe edition CD/DVD combo package and a vinyl copy. So here we go:
The Robots are back. Daft Punk's highly anticipated Random Access Memories will be a smash success in the EDM and House world's, but what impact, if any, does it have in rock? Well, it will be hit or miss.
Daft Punk has flowed in and out of the rock spectrum since the late 90s, they've come close with songs like "One More Time" that have teased the alternative community, but they've never had a straight ROCK hit. Their new effort Random Access Memories is probably the farthest they've ever been from rock.
By enlisting the help of super-producer Pharrell Williams (N.E.R.D.) and funk pioneer Nile Rodgers (Chic) The Robots established that they were going to get very funky on this album. From the first track "Give Live Back to Music" they do just that. They stay super-funky with the baby making track "The Game of Love" before the album goes off the tracks with "Giorgio by Moroder". This is the most "experimental" track on the album, and when you're talking about French guys who dress as robots, it can get really "experimental". On this "Giorgio" track, they spend about half of the 9 minutes interviewing Italian disco producer Giorgio Moroder.
If you put this one on, you will find yourself skipping some tracks while they're starting, but if you can choke down some of the song intros, there are some good cuts on here. Look to "Get Lucky" and "Doin' It Right" for the sweet spots on this one.
Honestly, this is a great album to put on for the summer. I don't know if it's one that I will be listening to in 6 months to a year, but for now, it's got the groove for summer.
Download the singles "Get Lucky", "Doin' It Right", and "Motherboard". If you find yourself with a hunger for more, download the whole thing. But unless you are a HUGE fan of EDM or House music, I'd stay back. BUT...if you like EDM, House, or club/dance music at all, you should grab the whole thing right away.