Daft Punk
Random Access Memories


2.0
poor

Review

by Hammrhead USER (1 Reviews)
May 15th, 2013 | 156 replies


Release Date: 05/17/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Get Lucky: Themes and Variations

The other morning, my sister said something that struck me. Usually slumbering while I blast my iPod in the car during our daily voyage to school, she muttered this rare insight: “Getting in a car accident wouldn’t be so bad, at least I won’t have to hear this song”. I paused, and with a sigh turned off the stereo. The song was “Giorgio by Moroder”, the third track off the new Daft Punk album, and I couldn’t believe I agreed with her.

The disco ball fell shattered to the floor. On Monday, the robotic duo’s incredulously hyped comeback album streamed, and I couldn’t remember the last time something had gripped the Internet with anticipation like this. All eyes scanned PirateBay for Random Access Memories. The return was going to be sublime. However, it doesn’t matter how enigmatic your Saturday Night Live vignette is or how innovative the layout for your Pitchfork cover story; hype can only suggest quality. In this case, beauty is only metallic skin tissue deep. That awkward morning car ride put things into perspective. My less Internet savvy younger sister skipped the illusion and perceived the mediocrity purely.

RAM begins well enough; heavy guitars and indistinct white noise swell in the opening seconds of “Give Life Back To Music”, effectively prolonging the suspense of the audience actually wanting to HEAR the album. However, when the crescendo peaked and the groove kicked in, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed. The pulsing rhythm and guitar riff are almost identical to previously released lead single “Get Lucky”, which for the record is a great and fun song in its own right, but not dense enough to provide the blueprint for an entire album. The obligatory robotic vocals glide in and the song carries virtually unchanging for the next 4 minutes. The groove wanes and fades out. Track 1 of the messianic album ends. Confusion. “Game of Love” follows, and while the texture of the robot voice hear is admittedly interesting, it emits cringe-worthy lyrics over an uninspired and sterile beat that is much too boring to listen to for its five and a half minute duration.

In a sense, these two songs accurately sum up the majority of RAM. Daft Punk was apparently too busy tracking down and hiring forgotten session musicians to write much else than “Get Lucky”. Percussive funk guitars trace the same dancy strum patterns over the same quarter note pulse in the drums, and the chords follow pretty much an identical harmonic rhythm throughout the album. While deviations from that antique dance floor formula are seldom, they do happen, resulting in the aforementioned “Game of Love” and “Within”, two songs whose faux emotion provide achingly cheezy lyrics and unimaginative composition.

The album is also a behemoth; it staggers at 74 minutes with an average individual track time ranging from 5 to 6 minutes. Some severe instances, such as “Giorgio” and “Touch”, nearly scrape the 10 minute mark. Long running times aren’t necessarily ever a bad thing, but the problem is that Daft Punk fails to devise nearly enough reasons to keep you listening for that long; ”Giorgio”’s arpeggios repeat ad nauseum while an ancient Italian disco hero everyone now suddenly has feigned reverence for stumbles through his pretentious origins with uncomfortable senility. Even the once gloriously basking in sunset “Get Lucky” provokes a few yawns with its extended treatment, its sleek structure now stretched and its potency dulled.

The features all feel obligatory and the melodies through virtually the entire album are as uninteresting and generic as the instrumentals themselves, the most obvious culprit being “Instant Crush” which merely adds to the surplus of evidence that Casablancas’ relevance ended when the needle left Side B of Is This It. Rising above the monotony is a fleetingly special moment in “Touch”. After sifting through an ugly sci-fi tinged introduction and a grating performance by Paul Williams (whose softcore power balladeer stylings recall Micheal Bolton’s appearance earlier this year on Kid Cudi’s similarly excess drenched and self –entitled “Indicud" album) that builds into nothing less than a shameless carbon copy of the “Get Lucky” riff, the robots finally make their endless repetition work as a captivating melody highlights the mantraesque “Hold on, if love is the answer, you’re home”. A choir fades in and out as if stopping by on their way to another session recording. This small moment of bliss ends as toilet noises reprise and the chord progression overstays its welcome. Finally, Williams (Paul, not the regrettably twice featured Pharrell) returns and ends the song in aimless passive aggression. “Touch, you’ve almost convinced me I’m real”. I hope Daft Punk have huge stupid smiles on behind their opaque future visors.

Gone are the sonic experiments that usually hallmark successful electronic releases. If Daft Punk were truly attempting to emulate the 70’s and 80’s on this bloated and irrevocably flawed fourth LP, they didn’t do the golden decades much justice. If anything, they captured the feeling you felt sneezing in the stuffy Goodwill while the Bee Gees played over the speakers as you stared at the cracked and smudged jewel case to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack because you thought it was a Bowie record.


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jollyjoel
May 15th 2013


77 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yay! 5th review I've negged so far.

Hammrhead
May 15th 2013


8 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

cool

coocoocachoo
May 15th 2013


221 Comments


jollyjoel is just a prick, ignore him

review is cool

Cygnatti
May 15th 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Joel, have some composure please?

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jefflebowski
May 15th 2013


8247 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is actually a well-written review though, classic case of sputnik users negging people for disagreeing with them

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elephantREVOLUTION
May 15th 2013


2750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

giorgio was like my favorite song on the album lol. i wish they would do more shit with a live drummer

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 15th 2013


18524 Comments


doubt this is good

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jollyjoel
May 15th 2013


77 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, that's right, I negged because I disagree with this review. Is there anything wrong with that? Review is pretty well-written but I don't agree with the opinion of the music.

Sleaper
May 15th 2013


3393 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this review is actually good, regardless of the rating, hes got lots of valid arguments.

the other dudes review was just raving about how it was the greatest electronic album of all time,
after it leaked 2 hours prior to his review.

"the melodies through virtually the entire album are as uninteresting and generic as the instrumentals
themselves"

very very very true.

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Cygnatti
May 15th 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Was this Review Well Written?"

Cygnatti
May 15th 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I find that both of the reviews for this so far are pretty bad. This one being much better than the other, of course.

foxblood
May 15th 2013


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, that's right, I negged because I disagree with this review. Is there anything wrong with that? Review is pretty
well-written but I don't agree with the opinion of the music.

it's
Was this Review Well Written? Yes | No
not
Did you agree with this review? Yes | No

whatever both reviews are bad anyways


OneOverCosine
May 15th 2013


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I do not envy the people that review this album. That being said, both reviews have positive and negative sides to them. I would like to see an actually well written review on this.

This album isn't as bad as HammrHead makes it out to be, nor is it as great as KnootsKnocks thinks it is.

"If anything, they captured the feeling you felt sneezing in the stuffy Goodwill while the Bee Gees played over the speakers as you stared at the cracked and smudged jewel case to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack because you thought it was a Bowie record."

Such a pretentious and unnecessary comment.



Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 15th 2013


23845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Decent review, butthurt itt

Cygnatti
May 15th 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh look, foxblood being the voice of reason on sputnik yet again, what a surprise. ;)

hankdee27
May 15th 2013


259 Comments


The review was really well written... You're just going have to have to deal with these elitist
assholes when you first start submitting reviews, but don't worry it gets better. I don't really
understand how this review is bad at all actually...

Borrillz
May 15th 2013


4 Comments


I think there's so much dissonance between opinions because it's a good album but an awful Daft Punk album. I was hyped for beefy french house beats, not this electronic disco funk.

hankdee27
May 15th 2013


259 Comments


Ugh, ever since that Tron soundtrack, they've gone down the shitter...

Acanthus
May 15th 2013


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Other than mocking some of the guests on the album, Bowie, and the Bee Gees, review had many good points.

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Sleaper
May 15th 2013


3393 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

" I was hyped for beefy french house beats, not this electronic disco funk" [2]



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