Random Access Memories: beautiful yet disappointing


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It’s out, finally. It started as “fake” news on the web and now it’s  a real, 13 tracks release. The new album by Daft Punk, nobody was hoping for it anymore.
So we start this review by saying: “Thank you”. Thank you for coming back. Thank you for selling it at such a cheap price, only 9£.

An unexpected price thinking about  the crazy pressure and curiosity made by worldwide fans.
It has probably been the most waited release in 2013. There would be plenty of things to write about this album, but usually a long review might be boring. A short one is appreciable. So I’ll do my best.

The meaning of what I’m going to write in this review is: it is a great album, but disappointing at the same time.

It contains good songs, but no hits at all, no crazy stuff, even “Get Lucky” is not a great song. Even more important not a single hit could be considered as a turning point for today’s music. There is no signal indicating which way to go for the next 5 years.
Maybe it’s just me asking too much.
Imagine to release a studio album, let’s say Discovery; you find yourself at the top in a blink of an eye.
It was an amazing album, probably the best one: it was catchy, experimental and pop at the same time.
It becomes hard to remake something like that. But everybody’s expecting it.
Let’s say that we all knew Daft Punk had some kind of magical formula that allowed them to create songs, songs being able to sound fresh even after ten years. The same formula that marked a line, distinguishing the music gods from human musicians.
It seems like they had it, but not anymore.

This release is not a tsunami like Discovery was. This release just reminds us that Guy-Manuel and Thomas are amazing when it comes to creating catchy, crazy loops that can be heard for five minutes without sounding boring.
This album remembers us that they have this huge talent. And that’s it, nothing more.
If we look at the title by the way, it seems a bit unfair to hope for something new and avant-garde. It’s called Random Access Memories. Memories, I repeat.

The given impression is that they once again wanted to create their beloved atmospheres and sonorities belonging to the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s; all their influences by Funk, Disco and first generation House.
It’s like they wanted to do what they left on their way to great success. Because they didn’t have the opportunity or the equipment that they do have now.
But let’s make one thing clear: this album is really nice, it is beautiful. If it was made by Mr. Nobody, just came out in the scene, this review would have been full of compliments and praises.
The album sounds good and remains that way song after song. Because, as I previously said above, they are great in this kind of things, for sure.

And the people they collaborated with while realizing this album can really do that as well: Pharrell Williams, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Williams…
They’re all people who know how to make a track work, tracks like

Get Lucky”, “Fragments of Time”, “Touch” (that I consider the best one) sound great thanks to their catchy loops , sounds and melodies.
A couple of songs, “Motherboard” and “Beyond”, might be inspired by one of their previous works, when they realized the soundtrack for the movie Tron: Legacy.
And another couple of tracks looks a bit different: “Giorgio by Moroder” and “Doin’ it Right”, which is a beautiful song, not catchy and sexy as the others, so resulting more difficult to hear in this sense.
Giorgio by Moroder” is not that cool, it looks like a simple praise to Giorgio Moroder. But i want to mention it beacause I’m in love with the drop following the line “My name is Giovanni Giorgio, but everybody calls me Giorgio”.

In the end it’s a good album, but nothing more than this.
There can’t be a true challenge comparing “Get Lucky” to “Face to Face” or to “Around the World”.
Face to Face” is a ten years old song, that it’s still amazingly fresh and shockingly beautiful.
It will be the same for the next ten years.
Get Lucky” is a sexy, funny song which in the next ten years will just remember us that Daft Punk made a new album in 2013.



Autore: Daft Punk
Titolo: Random Access Memories
Etichetta: Daft Life / Columbia


1. Give Life Back to  Music (feat. Nile Rodgers)
2. The Game of Love
3. Giorgio by Moroder (feat Giorgio Moroder)
4. Within (feat. Chilly Gonzales)
5.Instant Cruch (feat. Julian Casablancas)
6. Lose Yourself to Dance (feat. Pharrel Williams, Nile Rodgers)
7. Touch (feat. Paul Williams)
8. Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers)
9. Beyond
11. Fragments of Time (feat Todd Edwards)
12. Doin’ It Right (feat. Panda Beer)
13. Contact (feat. DJ Falcon)

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