Random Access Memories
THE most- hyped album this year has fallen flat. The French purveyors of electronic funk have morphed into a retro soft- rock band.
Give Life Back to Music in particular was so boring I thought iTunes had broken. When the first single and Pharrell collaboration Get Lucky dropped, alarm bells started to ring. Shouldn’t these amazing acts be able to come up with something more impressive?
Of the many missteps, hiring Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas to sing and then twisting his voice with effects until it became unrecognisable ( Instant Crush) is the worst.
The album has two genuine highlights – Giorgio by Moroder meshes jazzy noodlings with a light, cool acid line to perfection, while closing song Contact is the one that will muster enough energy to rock the socks off a festival audience.
There were rumours during Daft Punk’s last world tour that maybe it wasn’t always Thomas Bangalter and Guy- Manuel de Homem- Cristo on stage in the robot helmets – a cheaper way for promoters to tour the act. It’s silly, huh? Until now, when Daft Punk mysteriously turns into a dad- rock outfit, leaving fans wondering who exactly is at the controls.