Disco isn’t dead, folks. It never died. It’s just appearing to us in the form of two robots hailing from France, now — and it’s better than it has ever been before.
Daft Punk has given us the rare contemporary musical foray that is still worthy of being called an album. These days, it’s commonplace for we, the music-adoring public, to be offered up a plate of mish-mash, boasting nothing more than a couple of radio friendly singles, by most artists.
Hands down, fists raised or fingers clasped in prayer and praise, the latest offering from the robotic French duo possesses more radio friendliness than anything they’ve given us before. You can’t argue with the tastiness of the first single, “Get Lucky,” which is as catchy as it is poignant. (Wanna know the difference between men and women? Just listen to it.) The perfect summer jam is now sitting at No. 1 on the charts in 46 countries. Forty. Six.
I had been chomping at the bit to drop a dime for the newest Daft Punk release, Random Access Memories, for quite some time, but waited patiently until I could officially state that the entirety of the album was available on Spotify — it is. The hardcore fans have been drinking it down for a couple weeks now, so if you haven’t, get to it. Listen to it from beginning to end. And while you’re at it, do yourself a favor and wrap some stellar headphones around your noggin.
My devotion out of the way, here’s what I really want to know: how will these guys accept their Grammy for Album of the Year? Yeah, that’s speculation on my behalf, but this is the type of thing that keeps people like me up at night . Will Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter accept the award as mute robots or as two incredibly modest and somewhat shy Frenchmen who really mean it when they say, “It’s all about the music?”
I’d bet on the robots.