Album of the week | Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
After a long, long wait, the robots have returned. 2005's Human After All was the automated electronic Daft Punk album. This new record is where Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo show their human sides—their nostalgia for their childhoods.
It was a bit deflating when the songs Daft Punk sampled on its early records showed up on YouTube. Oh, these dudes are just lifting samples from some old obscure funk records. A lot of Discovery is simply a bit of a rare record playing in a loop. Huh. But it sure was awesome. Likewise, though the two Frenchmen have gone organic prog-disco, much of the joy of listening to Random Access Memories depends on how well you can suspend disbelief and ignore the liner notes. It also really helps if you were born in the early- to mid-'70s.
Read my album review of Daft Punk's fourth epic.