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The Robots Keep On Giving

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (Album)

Daft Punk have truly gone back into time to the 70’s & 80’s and have brought back Nile Rodgers & Giorgio Moroder with them along with a number of more up to the minute collaborators, but does Random Access Memories live up to all the hype?

The opening track Give Life Back To The Music Featuring Nile Rodgers, starts boldly before turning into a disco stomper, which could have easily appeared on a Chic or a Sister Sledge album

The Game Of Love – starts of slowly it sounds like it could be off any 80’s soul album before the Robots vocals kick in, later on in the album we get Beyond which has a startling opening and then gives way to a tune that sounds very much like I Keep Forgetting but with a robotic vocal.

Giorgio by Moroder feat Giorgio Moroder is Giorgio Moroder speaking about his early days in making music over a funky beat which is not dissimilar to Cerrone’s Supernature. Within feat Chilly Gonzales , slows down the pace, a beautiful ballad with a filtered vocal.

Instant Crush – featuring Julian Casablancas – initially feels like filler until it gets to the chorus when it ups the tempo, but I cannot help feel that this would be better with a straight forward vocal, that apart, this song is lovely

Lose Yourself To Dance featuring Pharrell & Nile Rodgers
Pharrell’s high pitch vocal urging you to lose yourself to dance with the robots pleading c’mon c’mon c‘mon & Nile’s funky guitar, how can one resist?

Touch feat Paul Williams Starts off slow and sounds like a song from a show and then disco kicks in, I don’t know why but I am reminded of Don’t Leave Me This Way whilst listening to this track, this track takes so many twists and turns its hard to keep up. We also get another possible Cerrone reference (If Love Is The Answer) with the Robots asking If love is the answer you must hold on.

There’s not much I can say about Get Lucky which has not already been said but here we get the full version and it sounds better than the single edit, Nile Rodger’s guitar work has never sounded better.

Random Access Memories lives up to its hype -just, it may not be a straight to the dance floor album that many may have expected after Get Lucky, however, there is enough on this album to keep the sales ticking over with each subsequent single release.

Random Access Memories may well be Daft Punk’s Thriller, has anybody noticed that the calligraphy on both albums are similar and on both albums in the top left hand corner.

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