If you don’t know about Kraftwerk’s “The Robots” you’re simply not going to understand the depths of Daft Punk’s new album ‘Random Access Memories”.
That’s entirely cool. Not everyone can know everything there is to know about music. And all music has to stand on its own legs in the competition for the moment. But if you don’t understand, and then go on to say that Daft Punk’s new album is shallow and hollow, then I’ll turn around and cry “child, you have no idea what you’re talking about!”
Every song on the album is an homage, a criticism, a counterpoint, or an argument with songs from the past. If you have listened to everything then you’ll hear traces of everything from Staying Alive from BeeGees to Donna Summer’s “I feel love”. Giorgio Moroder, the producer of Donna Summer in the 1977 hit that created the European electronic dance music scene has a song about him, with a flipping monologue from him, on this album.
Slipping effortlessly, weaving in and out of the electronic genre, with healthy infusions of concurrent genres like funk and rock and jazz, Daft Punk manages to create an album that is entirely different from previous releases – yet remain in the same ballpark. They stomp the same grounds as previously, yet manage to be fresh and deep.
I really recommend this album. I can’t really put it any other way. If you know your way around music that’s been published and impactful during the last four-five decades since Donna Summer started it all off, the album is going to surprise you again and again. Chances are that you, like me, will burst out with a “Oh you clever, clever thing you!” several times.