Album Review: Daft Punk – Random Access Memories [Video]

Electronic music duo Daft Punk is streaming their long expected forth studio album.

The famous band has finally rolled out their fourth studio album, Random Access Memories, in full available on iTunes.

Daft Punk also released a teaser clip this morning that showed the band unboxing the vinyl edition of their new album to the tune of their new track “Give Life Back to Music.”

The duo has been working for their new album since 2008. “We were drawing a parallel between the brain and the hard drive – the random way that memories are stored,” Thomas Bangalter told reporters last month about the new album. “Electronic music right now is in its comfort zone and it’s not moving one inch.”

A copy of the band’s fourth album leaked online  after over a month of hype surrounding Daft Punk’s first proper studio album since 2005, reports The Verge.

Rumor by rumor Columbia Records has been revealing details about the upcoming record: it released the single “Get Lucky” last month and it’s been publishing interviews with some of the album’s high-profile collaborators, setting up one of the most-hyped album launches in recent memory.

‘Random Access Memories’ made it online before the label planned, which is not at all uncommon for the music industry. ‘Get Lucky’ broke Spotify’s streaming records, and it shot to the top of the iTunes charts upon release.

The copy of the album uploaded to the internet despite of being both illegal and of a low quality, but it appears to be authentic. Random Access Memories is set for official release on May 21st.

The duo, Thomas Bangalter, 38, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, 39, deserve to be named as the prime architects of the Nineties techno-electro-club-pop sound that has belatedly colonised American pop.

Yet the band themselves appear to be unimpressed. Bangalter recently told reporters that “computers are not really music instruments” and it is “too easy to make the same music you hear on the radio”.

“Their return should be heralded from on high, because it is the boldest, smartest, most colourful and purely pleasurable dance album of this decade,” writes The Telegraph.

“In an effort to invoke the inspiration of records they used to sample, the duo have built tracks up with live musicians, notably collaborating with Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers, whose slick, syncopated rhythm slices shine amid the plush synthesizers.”

According to Neil McCormick of The Telegraph, “Give Life Back to Music and Lose Yourself to Dance offer a perfect updating of disco pleasures, while the gorgeous melody of The Game of Love captures that mood of bittersweet melancholy where dancing offers a fleeting escape from the heartbreaks of life.”

“Yet for all its retro references, RAM is far from a slavish homage, reaching towards the past through the digitally manipulative context of contemporary club culture. Daft Punk have the knack of knowing when to shift gear, so that tracks constantly mutate.”

“Over 72 minutes of wild and wayward explorations, they embrace chugging new wave rock, sleek soul, cocktail lounge crooning and Dixieland jazz but there’s nothing here to scare kids off the dance floor,” concludes the critic.

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