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Album review: Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories'

The electronic duo calls on '80s for new album, but the '80s don't call back.

By Brooke Burchill | May 23, 2013

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The '80s are back, and they’re alive in the groovy sounds of Daft Punk’s new album Random Access Memories. But not all decades deserve a musical revival.

With the help of psychedelic beats and electronic riffs, the negative influence of the '80s infiltrates Random Access Memories. The lyrics of "Touch" must have been written with the influence of serious drugs. "Lose Yourself to Dance," featuring Pharrell Williams, is unbelievably underwhelming and, by the end of the track, borderline tortuous to listen to as Williams repeats the title over and over (and over and over) again.

Apart from the hugely popular single "Get Lucky" (also featuring Pharrell Williams), the album's redemption comes in the tracks “Contact” and "Instant Crush," the latter of which features Julian Casablancas. Catchy, creative and upbeat, they differ from the other songs on the album in almost every way.

A large majority of the album sounds like really good elevator music — which is a lot like saying a chef's cooking tastes like really good SPAM. And Daft Punk, after 16 years in the music industry and six years between its last album (not including the innovative and magical soundtrack for the movie "TRON: Legacy") and Random Access Memories, Daft Punk should be the musical equivalent of culinary masters, so we must hold them to that standard.

Unfortunately, Random Access Memories is far from tasty.

MOVE gives Random Access Memories 1.5 out of 5 stars.

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