DAFT PUNK

Alive 2007 Vir­gin

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JIM CAR­ROLL

One of my favourite ur­ban myths of re­cent years is that Daft Punk’s Thomas Ban­gal­ter and Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo re­cruited two pals to do all their live shows. The dop­pel­gangers donned the ro­bot hel­mets, pressed the but­tons and watched the crowd go men­tal, while Daft Punk col­lected the cheque. It’s a good yarn, but not a patch on what you’ll hear on this sou­venir of the French combo’s 2007 tour. Aside from the over-the-top, stage-set, glow­ing cock-rock pyra­mid and in­tense light­ing dis­play, ev­ery­thing that made peo­ple go wow about Daft Punk’s last tour is present and cor­rect. The ma­te­rial spans the duo’s ca­reer, mix­ing and match­ing fil­tered-disco nuggets with ce­les­tial ef­fect. The man­ner in which Around the World and Harder Bet­ter Faster Stronger get ac­quainted with one an­other is truly awe­some. A live album to make you wish you were right in the mid­dle of the ac­tion. www.daft­punk.com Down­load tracks: Around the World/Harder Bet­ter Faster Stronger, Su­per­heros/Hu­man Af­ter All

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