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Music Review: Daft Punk seduces machines into singing

Music Review: Daft Punk seduces machines into singing

Daft Punk, "Random Access Memories" (Columbia)

May 27th, 2013 by CRISTINA JALERU, Associated Press in News

On its wildly anticipated fourth studio album, "Random Access Memories," helmeted duo Daft Punk go harder, better, faster, stronger than ever before.

The eight-year wait for new music paid off as Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter weave an intellectually seductive sonic landscape with a rewarding amount of catchy beats. It's the first time Daft Punk leaves the computer at home, using only live instruments, a modular synthesizer and vintage vocoders, the latter of which are heavily employed.

The 13-track record investigates the boundaries of art versus science through time by sampling a "70s and "80s sound as interpreted by machines invented in 2040. But make no mistake, there are about two songs that put the spunky D in EDM and both are Pharrell's contributions - "Get Lucky" and "Lose Yourself to Dance."

The rest of the tunes explore variations of the symbiosis between man and artificial constructs. Paul Williams' warm voice balances the eerie space built by synths in "Touch," while "The Game of Love" is a wistful funk love letter to humanity. The sound veers between jazzy, cinematic, disco, post-modern funk and even provincial Balkanic bodega in the 1980s.

A heady mix of delayed gratification songs that push boundaries, "Random Access Memories" is the mirror image of its authors: mysterious, challenging, brave and a little bit crazy.

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