Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MUSIC - JAR­RAD BE­VAN

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.

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