Thursday, August 1, 2013

New Music Reviews: Daft Punk-Random Access Memories

Daft Punk-Random Access Memories
Average Score: 79
 [Columbia]
Available At: emusic, Amazon MP3 & CD
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90 AllMusic
Random Access Memories is also Daft Punk's most personal work, and richly rewarding for listeners willing to spend time with it.
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88 Pitchfork
The record will remain, something that channels the past but sounds like little else right now, an album about rediscovery that's situated in the constantly-shifting present.
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85 Under The Radar
In the first half especially the format of fast song/slow song/fast song/slow song is adhered to a little too rigidly and, while the individual tracks are fantastic, it feels a little disjointed.
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83 The A.V. Club
The album is nonetheless an entrancing and endlessly entertaining musical experience, a fun collection that can soundtrack a great party from start to finish, but also rewards the focused listener with a collage of fascinating quirks.
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80 Consequence Of Sound
Random Access Memories proves that Daft Punk remain masters of their domain, who defend their array of superlatives because of, rather than in spite of, unconventional sound choices.
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80 No Ripcord
What Daft Punk have done on Random Access Memories could be seen as a methodically curated, musical museum of the future, rather than a conservatory for experimental collaboration.
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80 Pop Matters
It has no chance in hell to answer to all the hype and buzz around it, it’s not going to impact the dance music scene that reveres the robots so and you might as well be playing it on shuffle, but it’s a rich and warm musical experience that suits both the dancefloor and concentrated headphone listening in equal amounts that forms an important part of the duo’s musical journey.
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80 Beats Per Minute
RAM can oftentimes feel scattered, too ambitious, or too similar to the era it’s working from, but, in the end, it’s an album held together by that palpable reverence.
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70 Slant Magazine
RAM is an album that ultimately comes off having more respect for its spiritual predecessors than its listeners.
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70 Tiny Mix Tapes
Random Access Memories is by no means a perfect record, but it consistently possesses an inspired, organic sense of a vitality, a quality that is often denied by the cut-and-paste status quo of EDM.
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62 Paste
This is the hardest Daft Punk’s ever worked on an album, but their songwriting and programming skills aren’t up to the others.
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