Ran­dom Ac­cess Mem­o­ries

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JIM CAR­ROLL

Columbia ★★★

Great ex­pec­ta­tions can scup­per even ro­bots. Daft Punk’s fourth al­bum was al­ways go­ing to suf­fer by com­par­i­son with its Get Lucky call­ing card, this year’s most in­fec­tious, fun and glo­ri­ous ear­worm. De­spite a starry cadre of col­lab­o­ra­tors, in­clud­ing Nile Rodgers, Phar­rell Wil­liams, Gior­gio Moroder, Todd Edwards and Panda Bear, Ran­dom Ac­cess Mem­o­ries never con­vinces as much as it should. You can put that down to the me­an­der­ing dis­con­nect, prog-disco baloney and va­pid list­less­ness as much as the lack of tunes. There are oc­ca­sional vi­brant splashes of life – Panda Bear’s Doin’ It Right is a su­perb meet­ing of minds, while Give Life Back to Mu­sic di­als in with the funk. But you’re quickly brought back to earth by the seem­ingly end­less, self­ind­ul­gent, whimsical, melo­dra­matic ex­cess. For all Daft Punk’s grand-scale am­bi­tions, you’re left won­der­ing “is that it?” daftpunk.com

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