Sunday, July 28, 2013

Random Access Memory - Daft Punk

DO YOU EVER HATE YOURSELF FOR NOT DOING REVIEWS LIKE YOU SHOULD. THEN YOU'RE ON THE SAME BOAT AS ME. This is the new album by Daft Punk. I've been waiting for this thing to come out. I first started listening to these guys around the same time I started listening to Coldplay. Junior year and it was about the time of Mylo XylotoMy question, with all the hype and Get Lucky, who isn't waiting for this release? I hoped to pick up a copy on June 18, same day as Fashionably Late & Yeezus. Well I ended up getting this, Yeezus, Fashionably Late [Deluxe Edition], Sounds of Silence, and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy [Deluxe].
  1. Give Life Back to Music: This is definitely a good way to start off this album. It's an upbeat song and you can dance to it. I recently saw "Night At The Roxbury", it was ok, but I could imagine them doing the head dance to this song too. This song is a pretty good tone setter and I think kind of says "sit back, relax, play this loud on a warm summers day. At the beach, any day, as long as it's summer".
  2. The Game of Love: This song is kind of romantic, I could see this being in a movie where there is a guy serenading a woman. Except the vocoder might not be there. It might be if there was a montage of them falling in love. (ie. We Have All The Time In The World in On Her Majesty's Secret Service). This is a solid song. This song just falls short of making me want to make sex with someone.
  3. Giorgio by Moroder: This song is a story. It's told by Giorgio. He is one of Daft Punk's influences. The more I listen the more it blows my mind. I love the hell out of that track. It's great and I can't believe I heard anything like it. It kind of reminds me of Aerodynamics off their 2001 album Discovery. This song pretty much changed my views of electronic music. I've been, since hearing this, trying to compose something along the lines of that. {10/10}
  4. Within: This song is a song I could literally see being from the 70's. Maybe if the production was a little "warmer" I could picture this on vinyl. This is a pretty song though. The synth sounds like it would be from then.
  5. Instant Crush (feat. Julian Casablancas): I like this song more than I like The Strokes. I really like the way the chorus sounds. It is another song I could see dancing to. This whole album is a dance album, but it a good way. Not overbearing pop crap, it's prefect the way it is. I like the little "do do dodo" thing that sounds like he's dialing a phone or something like that. I think it's a pretty sick way to end an album.
  6. Lose Yourself to Dance (feat. Pharrell Williams): This song features Pharrell's almost universally, at least from what I've read/talked about, panned falsetto. I don't care for it, but it isn't that bad. This song isn't one of my favorites, but I still think it's a decent song.
  7. Touch (feat. Paul Williams): This song, though not at first, has grown on me. I love the outer space vibe in the beginning. It reminds me a little of Forever Dolphin Love by Connan Mockasin. This song also reminds me, before he starts singing, a little of, I'm pretty sure it's the song, Sonic Attack by Hawkwind off 1973 live Space Ritual album. Then after that I love how his voice just comes in, and then the whole New Orleans band vibe instrumental part. Damn this song is pretty great. Then the whole electronics outerspace part towards the end reminds me of Siberian Breaks. This song reminds me a lot actually, as it progresses MGMT's song Siberian Breaks and the Congratulations album almost as a whole. Like the vocals in the backgrounds and becoming louder reminds me of Siberian Breaks and also Someones Missing. I love the strings "meltdown". That reminds me of A Day In The Life by The Beatles off the legendary Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. This song is just great. And better with every listen. {9/10}
  8. Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams): This song is a great song. It's got a kind of disco vibe to it. It also kind of, more of less, reminds me a tad of Aja by Steely Dan. I'm gonna do a review of that album, though as of now I like Can't Buy A Thrill or Countdown more, sometime soon. I don't really know how you can not like this song. It's one of those songs that's hard not to like. Yes it's a catchy song, but it's also pretty well put together.
  9. Beyond: The beginning of this song, I'm pretty sure, reminds me of the Saffron City song from Pokemon. I might be wrong on what town, but at least you know it reminds me of Pokemon. Then song slows down a little and turns into something more like Give Life Back to Music or The Game of Love. I like the little keys solo at the end.
  10. Motherboard: This is a pretty good song, but you know, I can't say I've really heard it enough to say what I think. I do like the whole acoustic guitar in the song. I think that's pretty sick and the strings are awesome two. But I don't want to diss the song, or praise it since I don't feel I know the song enough. I can though add a note maybe at a later date. It does reminds me of MGMT  though, at parts.
  11. Fragments of Time (feat. Todd Edwards): This is another song, that for me, I feel is a little weaker. Who knows though, I might change my mind about it over time. I do this is is a decent song though, I'm not damning it, I'm just saying from what I've heard it's ok. The like solo thing reminds me a little of the song A Drive In The Country by Bill Conti which is in the movie, and a weaker Bond film, "For Your Eyes Only".
  12. Doin' It Right (feat. Panda Bear): This song is good. It's good, it's not great, but it is a decent song you can dance to. The album drops off a little after Get Lucky. Not really, but just a tad.
  13. Contact: This is a great song, it reminds me of Giorgio and also of Aerodynamics. My two favorite Daft Punk songs. I couldn't have imagined this would end the album. I can't complain in the least about this song. It's such an epic finale to the album, it's like a book closer. Other great book closers/finales to albums are Outside The Wall, A Day In The Life, Eclipse, Shine On You Crazy Diamonds, Save Me, Jungleland, Memory Of A Free FestivalWreck On The HighwayHere Come The Warm Jets, Wild Is The WindTomorrow Never KnowsChant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family, Rock 'N' Roll SuicideThe End, Ambulance, I'll Be BackShelter, The MedleyCombinations, Congratulations I could go on forever, but these are just some for you to checkout if you haven't. {10/10}
Overall I love this thing, 8.6/10. Theses songs are COMPOSED!. I love that, that's what I want to do. I have nothing but respect for them with this type of stuff. Noel from Oasis doesn't know crap, other than how to not grow up and make up with his brother. He couldn't compose if his life depended on it. And if he grew up and just didn't disown his brother, then maybe I'd respect his opinion on this album. This album is also a holy grail of disco and other "black music" musicians. BUY THIS CD! SUPPORT THE CAUSE, DON'T LET CDs DIE! What I'm gonna start doing is review albums more based on my influences for writing at the time. It will help me dissect the music, and will be fun to do. I'll still do new album and random ones here and there, but that's gonna be for the most part.

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