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Where to start with this album?!
Every track seems to be able to stand on its own as an incredible piece of music. Daft Punk seem to be able to sample a piece of music and turn it into something that will get dancefloors, festival tents and living rooms around the world bouncing. Take, for example, Harder Better Faster Stronger. Sample taken from Cola Bottle Baby by Edwin Birdsong. Both tracks very similar, but Daft Punks becoming one of the most well known electronic music tracks of all time. Tents exploding during their live tours, and even being sampled again by Kanye West.
One More Time, Crescendolls, Digital Love. Some of the massive tracks that people think of immediately when someone mentions Daft Punk.
Other tracks on the album deserve similar recognition. Voyager and Face to Face for example. 2 of my favourite tracks of all time, and approaching the duo's best.
For something coming up to 9 years old, this album still sounds fresh, exciting and new. It will get the party going, it will make your morning journey to work more exciting, and everyone should have it. Dance music fan or not.
A definite classic, and one of those albums that will be in peoples lists of great albums in the future!
Buy a copy for yourself, and your mate, your hamster and your gran. Fantastic.
Want to make it better?! Go buy Interstella 5555.
The duo of Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo are better known by the name Daft Punk, and together came together in 2001 to produce, "Discovery", their second album. The French pair perform House music with many twists, making it accessible to pretty much any audience.
1. "One More Time"
You have them begin with what was one of their most well-known tracks, but I have to admit that it wasn't one of the tracks on here which appealed to me that much at all. This is quite typical of the time at the start of the 21st Century, and the type of mainstream Electronica which came from the period, and you can't say it's not a feel-good anthem, but it's just not something I can get into (aside from the odd break).
Although this is a lesser-known single from them, I expect that you will recall hearing the main riff from this, it has them getting funky with it and bringing the pace up a bit, and it appears that this is why it was chosen by the Grime MC Wiley for a Summer hit in 2008. It is completely instrumental, and has them show how diverse they can be in a single recording.
3. "Digital Love"
I would say that if you didn't recognise the one prior to this, then you won't have hard this one, but this too came to be released as a single, but didn't chart as well and so it had limited airplay around the time. It has them grooving much more here, and showing increasingly more of what they do with a song which is quite emotive in it lyrics, but due to the robotic voices, it conveys completely different emotions. For me, it took a while to get into, but the breaks midway through liven it right up.
4. "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"
This is probably the track which all known them best for, and I would have to say that of all their music, it would be best work them to be known for this as it is a killer song and shows just how they can interwork the sounds of Electro out in Europe, and make it appeal to those likely to shun it (see Kanye's sample of it in "Stronger). You would have to compare this to their earlier, "Around The World" hit for its subtle use of Hip hop to drive it along.
We finally come to a break in the succession of well-known tunes from them as we move on to this track, and the way which it started in made me optimistic that they would continue to produce high quality stuff as it begins with some heavy percussion, reminding me of early Hip Hop, before taking themselves into a bright and lively Dance tune. It is fresh and keeps the momentum flowing through the album.
6. "Nightvision" (Lude)
7. "Super Heroes"
Following an interlude designed to mellow you through its calming synth, you have them come right back with thumping beats pushing things forward as they get things done and go right back to the House work. I have to say that when bass is used in such a way, the conations of Euro-House (despite having them do this throughout) puts me right off, and it appears that they are conforming to the expectations of similar acts from the region here.
8. "High Life"
The funky sampling come back for this one as they win you back with their modern interpretation on Disco, and it is sure to get you moving again as they do things in their unique way to get the club atmosphere going as you listen to the way they construct the music around a pretty simplistic structure. It is all going down in a big way hear, and it pulls you right back into the feel of the record.
9. "Something About Us"
We go back to one of the singles from the album, but I have to say that before going through the album I hadn't heard this one before, and this is a real shame as it gets them uncovering further musical influences with this one clearly taking from the R&B and Soul sounds of the seventies and eighties. Their original interpretation is jus too much, and really surprises you. It was really one of the last things I expect to get from them in this album, and it was done very well.
The way which this one begins reminded me of "One More Time", the opening song to the album, and so it wasn't something which prevented me from getting into it from the early stages. However, as you get further through the recording it seems to improve to a stage where you can't just discount it for taking on the same sort of things as their popular lead single.
11. "Veridis Quo"
This is another of their sings which has been taken from the album and used for the urban market, so as this begins you should straight be taken to Jasmine Sullivan's "Big Dreams". This track is entirely instrumental, and I would say that this holds them back at all as tit enables them to once again display how they can bring out emotions through a complex arrangements of the Electronic instruments they have available to them.
12. "Short Circuit"
The sounds of the eighties return through this song in a tune which seems to bring together their Electronica with early Hip Hop, early eighties Funk and Disco in its later times. It is another killer joint from them, and has them impress you even more with the diversity which they are able to come up with here. I would consider it to be one of the best you get here.
13. "Face To Face"
This is a freaky cut from them which has them have a go at something which sounds quite different from a lot which you get in here, but due to the fact that they have so much going on with this one. It was the fifth single from the album, but I would have to say that it's impact wasn't nearly as strong as what you get at other points here.
14. "Too Long"
Lasting exactly ten minutes, this one finds them a track which as they describe through the album, is just too long as you have the vocalists sing about how long they have been apart from their partner. The beats which open this one up are freaky, and hint for something much better to come as things advance, and you get just this as it breaks down into a good old Big Beat joint from them.
This is a great album from Daft Punk, and t will appeal to any music listener. The diversity in it means that anyone will be able to find a tune within it they can really enjoy, so there's no reason not to check it out whatsoever. At times it didn't appeal to me, but this comes with having a record with so much variation.
In 1997 Daft Punk (Frenchmen Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo) released their debut album "Homework", which has since been recognised as one of the finest dance music albums ever written. It ranks alongside Leftfield's "Leftism" (1995) and Massive Attack's "Blue Lines" (1991) as one of the very greatest albums focused on electronic sounds. As the two artists above have shown, writing a follow-up to a highly successful album is extremely difficult. Leftfield waited until 1999 before releasing "Rhythm And Stealth" and it has taken a similar length of time for Daft Punk to write their second album "Discovery".
"Discovery" doesn't just have to contend with matching the extremely high expectations generated after 'Homework', but it also has to address the development of the sub-genre effectively created by Daft Punk in their 1997 album The characteristic filtered vocals, deep bass and scratches of their recognisably French sound has progressed little since its' creation four years ago.
Since then we've had Stardust's delightful "Music Sounds Better With You", but that was written by Thomas Bangalter anyway. Modjo's 2000 hit "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)" was a good tune but brought nothing new to the now three year-old genre. Aside from this, Cher ("Believe") and Madonna ("Music") churned out bland pop versions of the new French sound, which basically ensured that the population at large was wholly sick of the vocoder effects pioneered by Daft Punk in the first place. Their genre, their niche in dance music, has been left stagnant and in need of revitalisation.
"Discovery" is precisely the album to do just that. Admittedly the early signs were not too encouraging. The first single from the new album, "Daft Punk One More Time" (with vocals by Romanthony) was, to the disappointment of many (and myself included), nothing new. It was the same sound that had been knocking around since "Homework". Granted, the slick Daft Punk production had crafted it into an almost effortlessly perfect structure, with two near-identical halves split by an absolutely huge break, but it still offered little new over such "Homework" era classics as "Around The World" and "Revolution 909".
Within the context of the album, though, "One More Time" takes on a completely different meaning. No longer 'just another filter house track', it instead stands as a lone reference point to the earlier simplicity of Daft Punk's music, while the rest of the album moves into fascinating new places, rich in musical texture, countless influences and inspirations, and a dozen new perspectives on the original Daft Punk sound. "Discovery" is not as good as "Homework". It eclipses it in every possible way.
"One More Time" opens the album but before its gentle concluding fade is complete the introduction to "Aerodynamic" cuts in delivering a sharp bolt to the consciousness - a sample of Big Ben. This is tipped to be the second single, and it begins with bell from a clock tower before sliding into smooth house grooves and funky guitar hooks. What comes next? A wailing electric guitar solo, which is then wrapped around the main beat again. The phenomenal diversity of samples and sounds within this one track alone is astonishing, but the fact that it is gelled together so impeccably is extremely impressive.
The third track, "Digital Love" (another potential single) reveals another key influence that recurs throughout "Discovery" - '80s style electronic disco. This sound has had something of a renaissance of late, especially at the hands of Jacques Lu Cont releasing entire albums of deeply '80s influenced, yet very modern music under the name Les Rythmes Digitales. "Digital Love" is a less intense track than the two preceding it, with pleasant, catchy lyrics. It gets a neat filter treatment halfway through before slipping into a break combining some more of the brilliant guitar samples of "Aerodynamic" and even the vocals of Bangalter and Guy-Man.
"Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" is one of the most outstanding tracks on an album of very high quality anyway. It impresses as much by design as by execution. The lyric inlay sheet shows four columns of four short phrases which are repeated in the track with gradually increasing frequency before boiling over into a tremendous cacophony of distorted samples, electronic effects and a spot-on house track which underpins the whole thing perfectly.
A stretch of largely instrumental tracks follows. "Crescendolls" is probably about as close as Daft Punk come to progressive house, swaying in and out of a huge house groove with odd samples that are typical of Daft Punk, and a quick central break built around a few neat scratches. The short "Nightvision" calms the album's tempo down further, flicking between soft, smooth synthetic strings. "Superheroes", on the other hand, begins with a military snare drum which leads into a fast 4-4 beat and a very "Homework"-esque vocal sample. The intensity of it is gradually tempered by more electronic strings and some atmospheric electronic riffs, but the pace remains.
Track eight, "Highlife" is the only song other than "One More Time" that bears comparison with "Homework". Similar by design, certainly, but there are some great '80s-esque organ samples in here too which by now are recognisably "Discovery". The next track "Something About Us" is wonderfully mellow affair, very down-tempo with, like "Digital Love", quite lovely, simple and unpretentious lyrics. Skipping ahead briefly, track eleven "Verdi Quo" shares the same cool ambience but is deeper and without lyrics.
"Voyager", track ten, is also instrumental, but with a brighter beat than "Verdi Quo". The twelfth track "Short Circuit" lays the '80s influences on thick with a deep, fleshy bassline and characteristically '80s synths laid on a pretty much functional Daft Punk beat as the main rhythm develops into some fascinating twists and highly imaginative sequences which decays and degenerates into conclusion.
Two vocal tracks conclude* the album. The thirteenth is "Face To Face" with vocals provided by Todd Edwards, like a more upbeat "Digital Love" without the distorted vocal effects. The concluding track "Too long", which sees the return of Romanthony's vocals, stretches out to ten minutes making it around twice the length of any other track on the album. It has an a cappella feel to start with as the music is very minimal in the beginning. Gradually it develops into a full-blown house affair, perhaps the only track on the album aside from "One More Time" with obvious club crossover potential.
This is partly why "Discovery" differs so much from "Homework", and what to my mind marks it out as a major improvement: the heavy use of deep 4-4 beats in "Homework" is largely reduced here, making the album less accessible from a club point of view but far superior in terms of inspiring originality and creativity, which this album has by the ton.
And it's not just original in terms of actual music content either. Each copy of "Discovery" contains a 'Daft Card' which allows users to go to the Daft Punk website 'Daft Club' and download bonus unreleased tracks for free. It requires you to download two pieces of software: the InterTrust IRP, which is just under 7Mb (30min download on a 28.8k connection, apparently) and the DaftPlayer itself, which is just under 2Mb. At the time of writing there's only one new track available called "Ouverture", a deep, instrumental track opening with a sample of a modem and expanding into a rubbery bassline with echoing vocal clips. 'Daft Club' is a clever system obviously designed to encourage album sales over use of Napster and other MP3 file-sharing systems.
"Discovery" is groundbreaking in more ways than one. Daft Punk have expanded their unique sound to a new breadth and depth, putting them quite simply a class above their rivals. No other contemporary dance act has achieved such a quantum leap in album quality between their first and second releases. Their commitment to producing dance music with greater depth and sophistication shines through in this brilliant album. The first candidate for best album of 2001, and one which will be difficult to beat.
Daft Punk Discovery is simply put, an awesome album. Its rare that an album comes along which has soul and overall decent tracks.
Daft pink first rose to fame with their cult classic 'Around The World', but this album 'Discovery' makes you discover what makes good music, starting with the opener 'One More Time' right the way through to 'Too Long'.
Unlike most albums out on the shelves, this album maintains a high standard and its just plain to see, even with the songs you may not like.
Personal favourites are the the banging hit 'One More Time', moody electro guitar riffs of 'Aerodynamic' and the funky beats of 'Face to Face' all of which have a connecting theme.
It is difficult to describe this theme without watching the DVD movie 'Interstella 555';
Nevertheless, this will go down in the books, people's minds and hearts as one of the best albums made, and definitely one of the best, if not the best dance music album made.
If anything, different people can draw out different meanings from each track. In my book, this is what music is all about, open to interpretation, difficult to forget while giving you a positive buzz that no drug can give. Ladies and gentlemen, this is what good music is all about.
Excellent album and I believe that Daft Punk should start releasing some of their songs into the charts. Most of the songs are well known anyway because they always appear on the BBC as backing music. You may all know ?one more time? which was used widely in the world cup qualifiers on the BBC. ?Harder, better, faster, stronger? is my favourite and is very familiar sounding you may say, well you should because this was the music used in the recent palm advert. There are some different styles in the music and the last tracks such as ?Too long? are a variation of the normal songs daft punk release. If I was put on a desert island and only allowed one CD I would definitely have this on my shortlist.
Prepare for a completely biased opinion! I love Daft Punk. Ever since the day I heard 'Da Funk', these guys can do no wrong in my eyes. I don't think that Stardust (Thomas Bangalter's side project) 'Music Sounds Better' was overplayed. Why, I even have 'Da Funk' as the ringtone on my phone. So imagine my excitement at the prospect of a new album. Discovery is Daft Punk's second album and the follow up to the phenomenal Homework. Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, collectively know as Daft Punk, had left us five long years between albums, so have they lived up to expectations? Let's find out... 1: One More Time The first single and thus the official return of Daft Punk to our ears, and boy is it a good one. A brilliant uplifting track that almost makes you smile. Happy vocals, with proclamations of dancing, celebrating and feeling free performed by Romanthony. What more could we need. This track not only makes you dance but it also makes you smile. Fantastic! 2: Aerodynamic Take note! These are the worst things I will ever say about Daft Punk! This has just been released as the second single and is an instrumental track. The track starts more than promisingly bringing back the classic Daft Punk sound of Homework. Unfortunately half way through, the track goes all Bill and Ted with very dramatic over use of an electric guitar. Now I ?m not saying they should have left it out, maybe just had a little less of it. In my opinion the track could have been perfect without it. 3: Digital Love This track has a real 80's electronic era feel to it. The vocals are performed by Daft Punk and ran through a synthesiser giving the whole song a real 'Video Killed The Radio Star' feel. A good track which does make you want to nod your head from side to side, but possibly a little mediocre from Daft Punk. Again it drops into a bit too much 'Bill and Ted' gui
tars towards the end. 4: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger Outstanding! I don't know what else to say. This is my favourite track from Discovery. The whole song is based on these simple lyrics sang in a kind of round robin fashion: Work it harder, make it better Do it faster, makes us stronger More than ever, hour after Hour work is, never over The bassline is funkier than you would expect. It's the kind of track you start the album at just to cheer you up. Often gets stuck on repeat in my house...;) (yes, my flatmates hate me!) 5: Crescendolls Another instrumental track which is very funky. It brings to mind pictures of Mardi Gras dancers and people jumping all over the place. Definitely great party music which is guaranteed to get the room jumping. 6: Nightvision An unusually mellow and peaceful instrumental track which is more of an interlude at 1m43. Very much like something that Air or Nightmares On Wax would release. 7: Superheroes The track starts with a military style drumroll then surprisingly jumps to a hard house beat and a Barry Manilow vocal sample. Sounds bizarre but actually works really well and does make you want to 'jump in the air' as the lyric suggests. It again has an 80's electronica feel and wouldn't have been out of place on Fat Boy Slim's album. 8: High Life Another feel-good instrumental track which again is perfect party music. Guaranteed to make you move with an indecipherable female vocal, which is nonetheless perfect for the track. Just make up your own words - no-one will know...;) 9: Something About Us Here's another uncharacteristically mellow track but this time has a wicked bassline which is just enough to keep you dancing. Beautiful lyrics again performed by Daft Punk which ends with 'I love you more than anyone in my life'. Definitely one to get down to! 10: Voyager <
br>Another instrumental with a proper 70's disco feel. Obviously modernised in the way that only Daft Punk can. 11: Veridis Quo Again an instrumental track which tarts with a very haunting church organ melody and slowly transforms into a laid back, trance like groove. It's a very unusual track, and quite long at 5:44 but then, that's what Daft Punk do best! 12: Short Circuit The last instrumental of the album and one that really wakes you up! This is classic Daft Punk with crazy sounds, happy beats and the need to shimmy around! This one really has to be heard. I wouldn't be surprised if this is released as a single as it can certainly hold its own. 13: Face To Face This track is clearly going to be a big hit in the clubs, and has infinite remix possibilities. The vocals are performed by Todd Edwards and have a very house feel. It really reminds me of another track but I just can't place it... 14: Too Long No is it that time already? The last track and very inappropriately titled! How can a Daft Punk album be too long? The vocals are again provided by Romanthony and if it wasn't for the sheer length of this track (9:55) I would put my money on this being the next single. The track's back beat is finger clicking, building up to full blown Daft Punk at their best. Another club hit I am sure, and you will be singing along! *Extra* In side the back of the album is the 'Daft Card'. This allows you to log onto http:www.daftclub.com and download the 'Daft Player' and some remixes and bonus tracks. Fantastic idea but isn't available for a Mac at the moment. Also the insert would make a great poster with it's contemporary light movement image. There isn't a bonus track on my album but I have heard rumours that they are out there. Also the continental release has two additional track so see if you can get an import. Overall, I don't
think this album is as good as Homework, but it runs a very close second. In it's favour Homework was very different to anything else at the time and in that sense became very genre defining. In Discovery they are really pioneering the 80?s revival but in a very up to the minute way. Having said all that, these guys don't have to live up to anything or anyone's expectations - they're Daft Punk!
Firstly, sadly my version of the album came without the bonus tracks mentioned above :-( Nevertheless, this is one of my favourite albums. "Discovery" really does bring you up, then chilled again, in a way that only a supreme dance act can. The first 4 tracks on the album, "One More Time"( which is an extended version), "Aerodynamic" (brilliant, excellent guitar riff), "Digital Love" (a different style, very cute), and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"(<---- in my opinion, the best single) have all been released as singles by the Punk, and Track 5, "Crescendolls", may also sound familiar as it's occasionally played in clubs or on the radio during speciality dance shows. Track 6, Nightvision, is a strange one. Gone is the party atmosphere of the first five tracks, this is a slow, chilled out piano track. Personally I think it sounds a little out of place in the middle of the album, and it's one I tend to skip if I'm using the album as music for a party. The French group's familiar style returns with the 7th track, "Superheroes" a lovely, "bleepy" feel good dance track. Track 8, "High Life", starts well with a catchy vocal riff but it does get a little repetative. Track 9 moves us back into the chill-out zone. "Something about us" sounds very Jamiroquai-like, but personalised by the computerised voice favoured by Daft Punk. "Voyager", track 10, is a pleasing piece of funky dance, while track 11 "Veridis Quo" sounds like a William Orbit kind of chilled track. Track 12, "Short Circuit" starts with a 1980's cheesy disco rave! Well, thats what it sounds like. Towards the end it really slows down and its a very interesting track. "Face to Face" is track 13 and is another piece of funky dance. I think that a remix of this would make an excellent radio track/single. The
final track is called "Too Long", and the title sums it up. This track is 10 mins long, no less, and although the track itself is harmless, 10 minutes is too long and repetitive by all accounts. All in all this album was an excellent addition to my varied collection. It could really be divided into two styles, funky dance, and chillout, with the latter taking priority. My only moans would be that some tracks may sound repetitive if you're just sitting listening to them (and not dancing!) and that some of the slower tracks such as "Nightvision" may have been better appriciated at the end of the album.
My tastes in music, as some of you may already know, are quite diverse. Not many people are able to like Basement Jaxx and the Deftones at the same time, yet I do. In some ways this is good, but in other ways not. You see, I don't think that I'm discriminative enough. I can buy practically any album and grow to enjoy it (so long as it's not Westlife - I would rather burn in hell than listen to one of their albums (not that I believe in hell), and if somebody was to buy me one of their albums for my birthday, I would be forced to shoot them - nothing personal, you understand, but it's the principle that matters - anybody who could even possibly conceive that I like Westlife must be so deranged that they deserve to die), and sometimes I do wish that I could buy an album that I dislike, just so that I can write a review on dooyoo saying, 'Don't buy this CD, it's a pile of dog poo.' This is why I haven't written many music reviews lately - I love moaning, and writing music reviews doesn't allow me to do this. But anyway, I bought 'Discovery' towards the end of last year, and didn't think much of it at first. After a few listens, it grew on me a bit, but in the end I got bored and stopped listening to it. A bit lame, I thought. A few months later, on the recommendation of a friend, I bought 'Homework', Daft Punk's first album, and thought it was great. It was at this point that I began to wonder why Daft Punk decided to follow up this classic which such a crap album. But conversely, this pleased me, because at least I had found an album that I could have a good rant about. So about an hour ago, I put on 'Discovery', just to remind me of what the album sounded like. But f*ck me if I didn't enjoy listening to it this time. Bugger, I thought, this album is good after all. But here I am writing an opinion on this anyway. On with the review. In 1997, Daft Punk released 'Homework&
#39;, an album now regarded as one of the most important albums for dance music ever. Its blend of disco funk, pumping 4/4 beats and vocoders literally created an entirely new sub-genre within dance music. The 'Daft Punk formula' has been used and reused and overused so much over the past few years that it now sounds stale. So four years on, Thomas Bangalter and, erm, the other bloke ( just look at the sheer amount of research that has gone into this review), needed to come up with something that developed on their over familiar sound. 'Discovery' was what they came up with. 'Discovery' is the sound of Daft Punk feeling more comfortable with the production techniques they are using, and as a result of this, the album feels a lot more polished than its predecessor, and is also more accessible. But what still sets Daft Punk apart from their rivals is that while this is undoubtedly a more commercial album than 'Homework', the innovation that was evident in that album has not been sacrificed in the production of 'Discovery'. Not that you'd know it from the first track, however. 'One More Time' was the first single to be taken from this album, and was their biggest hit, reaching number two in the charts. However, while it isn't a poor track, it sounds very much like an inferior version of 'Music Sounds better With You', Thomas Bangalter's (excellent) side project. We've had so many poor imitations of that track since it's release - Phats and Small's 'Turn Around' track instantly springs to mind as just one example - why exactly do we need yet another one? However, 'One More Time' is not really representative of the content of the rest of 'Discovery', as you realise when the grandfather clock chimes that signal the start of 'Aerodynamic' interrupt the flow of the track it follows. 'Aerodynamic' is not only infinitely better than 'O
ne More Time'. it also sounds unlike anything they have done before, or indeed, anything anybody has done before. Combining an extremely funky bass line with Van Halen guitar riffs shouldn't work, but somehow Daft Punk manage to make it sound like the most extraordinarily brilliant idea that anyone has ever come up with in the history of music. All right, it loses it's way around two-thirds of the way through the track, but by then it's served it purpose - it's purpose being to let the listener know that Daft Punk have moved on after the false start that 'One More Time' provides. 'Digital Love' follows this, and once again marks a change in direction. The first time I heard this song, admittedly I hated it. It simply sounded so cheesy, so unbelievably lame. My dad pinpointed the problem I had with it when he mentioned that it sounded like 'Video Killed the Radio Star', and unfortunately, the vocoders used during 'Digital Love' make this quite a good comparison. However, in the end, you can't help but fall in love with it's quaint charm - the vocodered vocals are almost sickeningly sweet and naive, yet at the same time are quite endearing. It's a song that I really wanted to hate, but against all my best judgments, ended up loving. 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger' follows this. Incidentally the fact that all of the tracks up to number four were released as singles prompted rumours that Daft Punk were going to release all fourteen tracks from this album as singles, in the order they appear on the album. This rumour now appears to be unfounded, which is a shame really, but probably didn't harm sales of the album. This doesn't alter the fact. however, that this is an extremely clever track, without a doubt the most intriguing of the whole album. The lyrics (heavily vocodered, once again), at first separated and disjointed from each other, eventually combine together in a
brilliant climax. In terms of how good this track it, in my opinion 'Aerodynamic' is just, just better, which means that 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger' remains an incredible track. 'Crescendolls', the following track, is definitely more conventional than the previous tracks, slightly reminiscent of the work on 'Homework', but, keeping in theme with this album, is significantly more polished. It's not really a standout track, but is a decent enough piece of music, quite uplifting in style. 'Nightvision', at under two minutes long, doesn't really seem to do anything apart from separate the album into two halves. Instantly forgettable, it's more of a musical interlude than something that captures the imagination. 'Superheroes' begins with a fast, very heavy 4/4 beat which reminds me of the simplicity of some of the work of 'Homework'. However, as the beat blends into the sample that dominates the rest of the track, this tracks seems to act as a reminder of how Daft Punk have progressed musically in the four years between the two albums. 'High Life' is similar in style to 'Superheroes', with one sample being cleverly manipulated to create a very uplifting, feel-good piece of music. Musically, 'High Life' is among the best in 'Discovery', as it's one of those tracks that actually does make you feel a lot happier even if you are feeling like crap. 'Something About Us' is a much more down-tempo number. Sounding like Jamiroquai with a vocoder, the song never seems to go anywhere, but is pleasant enough, with vocals which once again convey a sickly yet sweet naivety about love, and a rather good jazz-funk element. 'Voyager' returns to the disco funk that dominates earlier tracks, albeit with a slightly downbeat edge to it. While it's presents nothing new to the album as a whole, admittedly, it does show what Bangalter and
co. are best at. 'Veridis Quo' shifts the tempo down a notch once again, as organs and horns dominate a track in which a very Human League-like keyboard riff also fades into the track. By now, you begin to realise that the 80s has been a heavy influence on the work of 'Discovery'. Normally, this would be a bad thing, as some extremely cheesy, dated-sounding rubbish came out of the 80s. But the way that this is combined with the sound that they engineered in 'Homework' somehow makes 'Discovery' a winner. Having said that though... Talking of cheesy, dated-sounding rubbish, 'Short Circuit' fits into this category, with a truly appalling keyboard riff which makes you want to take a gun to your hi-fi and start shooting the hell out of it, then find out where Thomas Bangalter lives and shoot him as well. Harsh, but fair in my opinion. You have to think that 'Short Circuit' is an apt title - surely a short circuit must have occurred in the part of their brains that deals with taste and decency when they decided to start this track. It does take a turn for the better halfway through the album, but by then, it's too late, because I've dived for the skip button on the CD player. Zero out of ten for that effort, boys. It would have to take a truly excellent track to persuade me that 'Discovery' is an album worth buying after the atrocity of 'Short Circuit'. Fortunately for them, 'Face To Face' is that truly excellent track. Combining some vocals which for the first time don't appear to be heavily vocodered with a very funky bass line and clever use of sampling, this is my favourite track on the album after 'Aerodynamic' and 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger', as while it adds nothing new to the sound they have pioneered during 'Discovery', it returns to the feel-good factor of some of the best, earlier tracks. 'Too Long' finishes the album in
style, taking almost five minutes to build up the final euphoric (not in a Dave Pearce sort of way though) riff, with the vocals of Romanthony (who also provided vocals in 'One More Time') weaving in and out of the structure of the song. So there you have it. While 'Discovery' may not be quite as seminal album as 'Homework' was in creating an entirely new genre of music, it would be unfair to expect Daft Punk to manage a similar feat with 'Discovery' as they did with 'Homework'. What they have done, however, is progress and refine their sound, bringing in elements of other genres of music from completely different eras of music (well, mainly the 80s) to improve on the style of music they engineered from scratch with 'Homework'. And while 'Discovery' may lack the sheer innovation of 'Homework', the tracks on this album sound more like actual pieces of music and less like concepts or experiments, as some of the work on 'Homework' could be accused of. On the other hand, 'Discovery' does err a little in that it's slightly too polished - it lacks the hypnotic rawness that was present on 'Homework'. And that's a shame, in my opinion. So, all in all, it's not any better than 'Homework' but no worse either. The great thing about 'Discovery', though is that Daft Punk have created a record which can be appreciated by everybody. Its commercialness will appeal to pop fans, and its feel-good factor makes it a great party album. However, musically, it still sound different enough to lift it above pretenders such as Phats and Small. 'Discovery' manages the difficult task of combining innovation with accessibility, and while it appears that I've been whining during most of this opinion, 'Discovery' is an excellent album. But I'm still annoyed about not having a good moan. Looks like I'll have to direct my pent-up aggressi
on towards my cat instead. How dare you shit on my clothes! Respect my authorit-ah!
And the techno whiz kids from the French side of the continent have released an album - this time by the name of Discovery. Contained within are their recent tried and tested tracks - some of which have been released as singles. There are two tracks that spring to mind - One More Time and Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. One More Time is really weird - they have this wacked out person by the name of Romanthony to sing the lyrics and he has this really weird voice that I can't put my finger on what's wrong with it. Perhaps cos it's a voice, and its some sort of transverse/longitudinal wave or something. It just seems ecliptic. The track itself is good, but like most Daft Punk tracks it can get extremely repetitive (like 16 bars of the same thing) with its techno feel. I?m not a big techno fan but there are some tracks that I do like - for example Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. This track isn't sung by that bloke, but by Daft Punk themselves. The way the flange and the variety of effects are used works well when joined together, and although when reading the lyrics seems repetitive, the song doesn?t seem repetitive. I haven't actually seen the video of it, but I can't find it anywhere, so I'll just have to live without. The insert of the album is like most other inserts - clear-cut, concise and cheap to produce. One feature of the album is a special Daft Punk card that lets you access special features of the website, but I haven't used mine yet. Advantages: Couple good tracks Daft Punk card One 10-minute track (??) Disadvantages: Somewhat repetitive Romanthony IanJC
"Our music is not stupid happy house, but it makes people happy." - Daft Punk 'Happy'. No other word [within my, ahem, "fountain of knowledge"] best describes exactly the stuff we've come to know and love from Daft Punk (Thomas Bangalter & Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo). Ultimately uplifting. Honestly, if you find you happen to be feeling down in any way, slam on a bit of Punk de la Daft and things'll soon be rockin'. Oh and this stuff we've come to know and love? You'll find most of it on their second album, "Discovery". (Unless, of course, you're one of those who prefers "Homework" (their first album), in which case you'll find most of it on there. Or you're one of the fools who doesn't actually know and love Daft Punk like you should do, in which case you won't find it at all.) But all was so different in the beginning... As indie band 'Darling', the French duos' current name came about after Melody Maker magazine damned their Beach Boys' cover as "a bunch of Daft Punk", after which, in synchrony with their new name, came their new style; house. Debuting with "The New Wave", "Da Funk" was where things really started to take off, selling 30 000 copies worldwide, having being caned during The Chemical Brothers' live DJ sets. Redefining the way in which French house music was looked upon with the groundbreaking success of their debut LP, "Homework" (featuring such tracks as "Revolution 909", the aforementioned "Da Funk" and classic disco house anthem, "Around The World") in 1997, selling over 2 million copies worldwide, Daft Punk then, err, kinda disappeared. Disappeared that is, to all but the most avid fan. Oh, and those not-so-avid fans but who generally have an interest in house music. Oh, and also a fair few people who don't really have muc
h of an interest in house music but realise that Thomas Bangalter was one of the trio to take everywhere by storm over the summer of 1998 with Stardust's "Music Sounds Better With You". Okay, okay, I s'pose I'm kinda waffling on now. So... to subject on hand: "Discovery" (released March 13th 2001, Virgin Records). The triumphant return of Daft Punk was realised in the summer of 2000, when test pressings of the first track on the new album, "One More Time" made their way to top DJs across the country (it appears mine must've been lost in the post or something...). Excessive Radio 1 airplay then somewhat spoiled the track for some, finally being released on December 5th 2000. Alright, confession time. I love "One More Time". Love it. I do now, anyway. As it happens, upon first few hearings of the track, I rather loathed it. Actually, not just 'rather' loathed it, but 'very much' loathed it. I did then, anyway. Y'see the uplifting, disco-fuelled element of the track (ie everything apart from the vocoder-processed vocal) was horribly overshadowed by the - of all things - vocoder-processed vocal (performed, coincidentally, by Romanthony). And a 'vocoder'? One of them potentially annoying electronic voice thingies which gives a computerised kinda effect to the vocal, as used on Cher's 'club' outing "Believe" and Armand Van Helden's (relatively) recent release, "Why Can't You Free Some Time For Me". "Music's got me feeling so free We're gonna celebrate Celebrate and dance so free One more time Music's got me feeling so real We're gonna celebrate Celebrate and dance so free" You know the one. So what made me like the track so much then? I don't know. It went a little along these lines: Stage 1) I don't like the track. Stage 2
) I like the track. All I know is that it's a damn fine piece. Oh, a damn fine happy piece to be more precise. Happy - very happy. (Told you their stuff was happy, did I not?). The second track on the album, "Aerodynamic", an instrumental, also happens to be the second single released from the album. Apparently all tracks on the album, in the order in which they fall on the album, are to be released as singles. Not quite sure how this'll work with such sub-two minute outings as "Nightvision", but what do I know? For I am but a humble dooyoo writer. Now then, "Aerodynamic" is one of those tracks that, generally, anyone who's heard has an opinion on it. Not just a "yeah, 'tis alright, s'pose" opinion, but an "I hate it" or "I love it" opinion. Four bell chimes (the chimes of Big Ben, as it happens), mark the start of the track, before the typically 'good' (for want of a better word) Daft Punk beats kick in. And then, oh... Picture the scene: an electric guitar; an electric guitar solo. 'Nuff said. As it happens, I quite like the guitar solo. I can, however, see exactly why so many others may not (and do not) feel likewise. Admittedly, it can get kinda grating, and if a top remixer such as myself were to be handed the opportunity to spice things up a little, the guitarist may well be the first to be shown the door. Mellowing out for the second half of the track, following an abrupt bell chime, although good, certainly, I'm only left dreaming of what could have been. Incidentally, for those single-buyers out there, the "Aerodynamic" B-side (12" vinyl version, anyway) features "Aerodynamite", a track very similar to "Aerodynamic" (even sampling the latter's melody to begin with), only slightly more pumping and - nicely, for some - with the omission of the guitars. Worth chec
king out. Anyway, back to "Discovery", and, more precisely, the third track (and third single release) on the album, "Digital Love", which, according to the record/CD/tape sleeve, was co-written by top US jock DJ Sneak. Upon first (and second and third and so on for a little while) hearing of "Digital Love" I was of the opinion that it seemed to be - to put it bluntly - rubbish. As with all things Daft Punk, however, it grew on me. Now I like it, I really do. "Last night I had a dream about you In this dream I'm dancing right beside you And it looked like everyone was having fun The kind of feeling I've waited so long" And so on. Okay, a more than slightly cheesy vocal. But I dunno, there's just something endearing about its unashamed cheesiness that really makes me like it so much. The "why don't you play the game?" line shortly followed by a wailing guitar half-way through the track may be a little too much for those not so hardcore as myself, but as all builds to a soaring climax, where the guitars near killed "Aerodynamic" they do nothing but enhance what is already a purty spectacular track in "Digital Love". I have a friend who bought the album on the strengths of this track alone. Needless to say, he loved just about everything else on it too, but going the whole hog after such a minute taster, I reckon says something about this particular 'taster's' goodness. And so to the highlight of the album... That's right, a guest appearance from none other than Scatman John himself, with Daft Punk's own re-rub of the classic "The Scatman". Err; actually Scatman doesn't feature on the album at all. Sorry to disappoint. And so in the absence of Man de la Scat, to the highlight of the album... "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger&quo
t; From a very minimalist opening to the track, bits and bobs gradually lend themselves to the mix, making for an incredibly funky offering until the track peaks amongst layers of distorted 'things'. (Sorry, begging for a better descriptive, I know - I'm talkin' but the right words just ain't comin' out. Or something like that.) "Work it harder, make it better Do it faster, makes us stronger More than ever hour after Hour work is never over" With the above lyrics recycled throughout, "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger", although ultimately a very simple idea, is executed to such brilliant effect it seems anything but. Oh, one thing: please, if you do listen to this track, listen to it properly (ie really LISTEN, not just swack it on in the background whilst you do the hoovering or whatever). Y'see I didn't really, properly LISTEN to it when I first heard it (if you see what I mean), and I didn't give the track two hoots until I really concentrated on what was going on. I was pleasantly surprised at what I was hearing, though. So pleasantly surprised, in fact, that I listened to it again. And again. And again. And so on. And it still sounds just as good with every listen - sign of a quality track. Yup, quality. Like a Quality Street. Well, not like a Quality Street at all. But quality none the less. Now then, following the album's high point, unfortunately, comes the album's low point, "Crescendolls". Essentially, not a bad track or nuffin' as such, but it is as the all too familiar "Crescendolls" beat kicks in that I find myself reaching, for the only time over the course of the album, for the 'skip' button on the MD player. Unfortunately I usually end up pressing the wrong button and skipping to the following album on the MD, Alice Deejay's "Who Needs Guitars Anyway?". The bottom-line
, however: "Crescendolls" is the only track on the album I dislike. Note: I do not, as it happens, own Alice Deejay's motley selection of dairy products. Jus' making that clear, okay? Y'know how I said to listen to "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" PROPERLY? Well, my advice would be to have "Crescendolls" on as background music as you do the hoovering or whatever. You see it's the kind of thing you can tolerate quite plausibly just as long as you don't listen too carefully, at which point it just becomes kind of annoying. Maybe a Scatman John remix would redeem things, no? "Nightvision", the next track, is a sub-two minute outing. You already knew that 'cause I mentioned it earlier in the opinion, right? Jeez, are you not reading this with due care or summat? Anyway, "Nightvision" is only 1 min 43, or something similar (pretty blimmin' short), and, it would appear, would act simply as filler for the album. It would, that is, if it wasn't so good. A much more chilled affair than any previous outings on the album, "Nightvision" is the kind of thing you would put the CD on to specifically listen to, but is more the kind of welcome addition which just adds to the general quality of the CD as a whole. Starting in one manner, continuing in such manner for a bit before fading out, there's not much more I can say about "Nightvision". 'Specially seeing how my descriptions have been going so far (eg 'electronic voice thingies', 'typically good', 'layers of distorted things' etc etc Get the idea? Good). Interesting, interesting. Quite clearly, as I'm sure you were already aware, the opening two words of this paragraph were talking of none other than track number seven, "Superheroes". Y'see what makes "Superheroes" so interesting is the way afte
r a military sort of drum roll (very cheesy military drum roll at that), a (very fast) hard house kind of beat kicks in before funky house samples (well, Barry Manilow samples, actually - but samples more often found in funky house) filter in over the top. See that? Hard house -- funky house; the two just don't go. Not usually, anyway. Really the only place I can think of where you might find such genre clashes under one roof would be Dave Pearce's Dance Anthems (not good). "Superheroes" is good though. Very good. You may have noticed that I mentioned the words 'happy' and 'uplifting' earlier in the opinion. Look at them words. You are now looking at two words that typify all to be found in "Superheroes". That's right; it's happy, it's uplifting - it's super [heroes]. Please note: the whole 'it's super [heroes]' bit was intentionally very poorly written and very cheesy. What's that you say? No, the rest of the opinion isn't supposed to be poorly written too. My, the cheek of it all... Ahh, "Superheroes" was uplifting and happy. So is "High Life", even more so, however. In fact, "High Life" is one of THE most uplifting tracks I can think of in the whole wide world. Behind, "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger", it's the pick of the album. Put, on the sleeve, as an instrumental, a brief vocal snippet features very strongly throughout "High Life". In saying 'strongly', what is basically meant is that it is what makes the track what it is, really. I haven't often taken to Daft Punk tracks immediately after hearing them for the first time. "High Life" has proved otherwise, however. First time I heard it, I loved it. A bit like love at first site. Only love at first hearing (doesn't quite have the same spark to it, it seems). If the rumours of all tracks o
n the album to be released prove to be true, expect a very high (top 5-ish) entry from this particular gem. Having never actually asked anybody for his ir her opinion on the track, I don't actually have any evidence to back up my argument, but "High Life" must surely be a universally loved track. How can you not love something so mightily happy? Following the "Superheroes" and "High Life" up-tempo funkathons comes the somewhat slower, more melancholy "Something About Us". With the re-introduction of a [proper] vocal for this track (as opposed to the preceding vocal-snippet-sampled instrumentals), "Something About Us" fits into the mould of what I'd describe as a 'nice' track. "I need you more than anything in my life I want you more than anything in my life I'll miss you more than anyone in my life I love you more than anyone in my life" A seemingly more humble effort than anything else on "Discovery", "Something About Us" is actually rather good. Although down-tempo 'n all that, the typical Daft Punk funkiness is not lost on this track, and all in all, the album's deepest, most meaningful track also happens to be one of the album's finest. What seemed to me to be jus' another filler kinda track (as with "Nightvision") follows "Something About Us", in the shape of "Voyager". In all fairness, at nearly four minutes in length, duration-wise it's a full-blown track (albeit a relatively short one). BUT... ...Aha. Ever heard of a track called "Yes I Will" by Nu Colours? Oh, thought not. Anyway, there's this track called "Yes I Will" by Nu Colours who - you've guessed it - are Daft Punk in disguise. With "Voyager" merely a very good instrumental, implementing excellent strings here and there (work of the harp, possibly), "Yes
I Will" draws out the build-up, breakdowns and what-have-you into a (full) full length track (ie about 7 minutes or so) before slapping a top vocal over the top. Anyway, "Yes I Will" just ain't on the album so really what I've just said is irrelevant. Irrelevant, that is, to all but those who know "Voyager" (and it'd be helpful if they liked it too), in which case keep eyes peeled for the Nu Colours offering. Those who haven't heard "Voyager" I take it because I'm giving this album 5 stars and stating 'yes' to recommend to a friend you'll be rushing out to buy this album first thing tomorrow morning. In which case you can then listen to "Voyager". And love. Knocking back a fair few BPMs for the eleventh track on the album, from a solitary organ melody building to, erm, an organ melody with some other stuff going on, "Veridis Quo" takes the "Nightvision" chill-out style approach to the next level (ie goes on that little bit longer). Wonderfully easy on the ears, "Veridis Quo" is one of them gems you can listen to over and over again, without it becoming tedious in the least. I can anyway. Well, as I said, from the solitary organ, a similarly softly spoken beat gradually fades into the mix, before one or two gentle melodies let themselves be heard. Braking down about half way through, all then builds as the track reaches its peak before, unceremoniously, typical French house stylee, fading out. With "Crescendolls" ranking in as the only track on the album for which I actually feel I dislike, the album's final instrumental, "Short Circuit" almost, almost slips in there to double the tally. Luckily, it has elements I very much like. [Cheesy] kinda disco-funk influences kick off the track in a manner which usually gets the, "Oh no, not this one again" attitude firmly
established in my mind. Needless to say, I don't like it. Sounding, ooh, I don't know, sort of quirky, "Short Circuit" just makes my ears bleed. Bleed until it changes, that is, (about) half way through the track. Things suddenly mellow down and all of a sudden "Hmm, this isn't too bad after all" are the thoughts of wisdom pouring from my head. Very much a track of two halves, then. Is that all that bad though? I mean Blackburn Rovers play in blue and white halves and they're the favourite team of just about everyone in the country right now. Don't tell me they're not. How can they not be with beauts such as Brad Friedel and Corrado Grabbi amongst the many superstars at their disposal? Please, I'm being serious. Now then, "Face To Face". To be perfectly honest, I like it. I don't mean to surprise anyone after all that's been said previously in this opinion or anything like that, but I really like it. With excellent vocals, courtesy of Todd Edwards, coupled with a satisfyingly funky bass line, "Face To Face" is just about perfect (although not as perfect as "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" or it'd be my favourite track on the album, which it's not). Although not so chilled as "Nightvision" or "Veridis Quo", "Face To Face" is still pretty chilled. Kind of as though "Nightvision" and "Veridis Quo" act as the 'freezer' with "Face To Face" merely a 'fridge'. Or you can come up with your own theory if you'd rather. "It really didn't make sense Just to leave this unresolved It's not hard to go the distance When you finally get involved face to face" The return of Romanthony, previously last seen at the opening track, "One More Time", spells the final track on the album (no, there are no bonus track
s as the dooyoo track listing suggests), "Too Long". Probably the most club-friendly track on the album, "Too Long", as with "Face To Face" is just about perfect. Gradually building from very little, "Too Long" eventually evolves into a wickedly funky cut up mish-mash of audio delights by the time the 10 or so minutes for which it clocks in at have elapsed. From slightly less frantic opening verses as the track starts to get going, "Too Long" ends up with, slightly more frantic verses towards the end. Example: START "It's been much too long, I feel it coming on The feeling is getting strong It's been much too long, I feel it coming on The feeling is in my bones" END "You know you need, I need it too You know you need it, it's good for you We're gonna move You know you need it, I need it too You know you need it It's good for you" Doesn't really give the desired impression, which is why you'll have to just listen to the track and hear for yourself. Pure brilliance, believe. Oh. That's your lot, I'm afraid. So then, I'm sure everyone's dying to know. Is it better than "Homework"? Well, actually most people who have "Homework" tend to have "Discovery" also, in which case there ain't much point in me tellin' you as you already know. For those who don't, however, yep. I prefer "Discovery". Although admittedly more poppy, "Discovery", I feel, has nothing out and out dud on it ("Crescendolls" is the lowest point, and even that's above sea level, so to speak). "Homework" moreover, more club-friendly certainly, suffers with the additions of such tracks as "Rollin & Scratchin" and "Teachers", I feel. Both good though, very good.
I could now tell you about the Daft Card which is supplied with every (vinyl & CD) copy of the album. I could tell you how it allows you to access daftcard.com, which then allows you to download exclusive Daft Punk tracks and mixes. But I won't. I could also mention now how for all of the Punks' videos made so far for the released singles on the album the start and end of each link, following on on order of when they were released ("One More Time" > "Aerodynamic" > "Digital Love" and so on). But I won't. Alright, I'm sure I've bored you to death by now. Sorry 'bout that. Anyway, in case I didn't make it clear, I'll just state one last time that I like this album. I'll shut up now.
Had i started using dooyoo earlier i'd have liked to have written this review a fair few months ago - but i didn't so here it is. Daft Punk follow up there last album with some new styles whilst still maintaining their distinctive Daft Punk sound. If I could use just one word to describe the effect of this album i'd go with 'happy'. After buying it on a whim desite not being a huge Daft Punk fan, the tracks on this album just radiate a happy mood within minutes of pressing play! 'One More Time' is probably the only cheesy chart dance track on an album which looks to create a unique sound, a style which maybe only Roger Sanchez has been able to tune into. "High Life" should appear in the dictionary alongside the word funky. "Aerodynamic" "Digital Love" and "Crescendolls" make great use of some sampling and even those which don't immediately stand out become 'growers' not fillers. The only negative points about this album is that on a couple of tracks the sampling and digital effects are a little on the repetitve side - "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" namely. And the last track "Too Long" is rather aptly titled as it's 10 minutes and does tempt you to go back to the beginning before it's done. But all in all this album is a great piece of work.
Okay, okay. I admit it. I was a trashy pop and euro pap fan a couple of years ago but wasn't everyone? Come on you cant not admit that you dont know the words to Britney or haven't tap a toe to Eiffel 65 - or 64, I get confused. I did - ashamadly. Although two years isn't much my music taste has drastically changed. This is all thanks to Daft Punk. It was 1997 when two eccentric Parisian DJ's, by the name of Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manuel de Homen Christo - try saying that quickly - put their protege Daft Punk into the charts with their first hit Da Funk. I was a great fan then, before my music taste went down the toilet. I had the record and would have had the album, Homework, if I wasn't so broke. The fact that an instrumental song could reach no.10 in the charts without much airplay was fantastic but we all know why it was there dont we. Not only did it sound original and a break to all the crap and depressing Indie stuff around, it had just the best video ever created in the world. If you agree please, please tell me. Then after their 2nd single 'Around the World' reached no.7 all went quiet on the French DJ front front, meaning I spirraled into trashy pop world. It took them until the year 2000 to get out when my favourite pairing came back with the excellent 'One More Time'. When I first heard it on the radio I was soon singing along to it, even before I knew who the song was by. As soon as I knew I was really pleased that they were back and sounding better than ever. It wasn't long before many of my friends knew the hypnotic lyrics and humming the addictive tune. The Bangalter and de Homen had hit a diamond and the song was soon riding high in European charts. It struck no.2 in Britain - their highest ever chart entry - and were no.1 in Germany, France, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Belgium and Holland. Only the plight of the destructive LeAnn Rimes halted the Daft Punk train to Euro
pe domination. So good was the song, tha it was one of the biggest sellers of 2000 in Europe. Then came the album, Discovery. Such was the effectivness of the single that I bought the album as soon as I could. With eagerness I played it for the first time. I could say it was excellent from the first play, but I really had my reservations. I wasn't the biggest fan of instrumentals which most of the tracks were and the bizarre melodies and odd vocals meant I began to wonder whether I should have put 15 quid into the Tesco accounts. But I kept it in the CD player and soon I was loving it to bits. Although I still thought it was a bit of an aqquired taste the addictive vocals and interguing rhythems were soon getting my toes going and my fingers tapping. I already liked 'One More Time' but tracks like 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stonger' and 'Digital Love' were some of the best I'd ever heard. I have owned the album for months but I am still a regular listener. Each track is a winner and each one Ilove because they are original and fun. Each track would reach my favourite songs of the year list. My favourite is of course 'One More Time' because if it wasn't for this masterpiece I wouldn't have one of the best albums in my collection. But songs like 'High Life' and 'Too Long' are quickly catching up as my favourite on the album. It seemed I have an opinion shared by many as the album hit no.2 in the album charts and reached number 1 in many other countries. Now stars cnt get enough of French derived music. Madonna has Mirways at her feet, while songs like Kylie Minogues 'Cant Get You Out Of My Head' - anyone heard it by any chance - has blatent French connection. Where else would that addictive and catchy 'bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum' come from? I dont know. All I can say I liked them before the rest of the world - well a lot of the world actu
ally. I hope Daft Punk continue to do well and I know 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger' is out in a few weeks and I hope that does well like it should do. I shall now rate every track out of 5 to give a run down of the best tracks. Track Name Rating 1 One more time * * * * * 2 Aerodynamic * * * * 3 Digital love * * * * * 4 Harder, better, faster etc * * * * * 5 Crescendolls * * * * * 6 Nightvision * * * * * 7 Superheroes * * * 8 High life * * * * * 9 Something about us * * * 10 Voyager * * * * 11 Veridis quo * * * 12 Short circuit * * * * 13 Face to face * * * * * 14 Too long * * * * * I storngly recommend this album and I'd just like to say that I'll be buying the next few.
I wasn't sure when my brother bought this album and didn't really think it was a good buy. This is one of my favourite CDs of the year, and all together! If you like Dance tracks and easy listening music this is the one for you. The best track on this album I think is Digital Love which didn't do very well in the charts! On this CD there are a lot of instrumental tracks which are really good with a great beat in the background. Sadly I haven't heard any of the tracks from the first album, homework but I will be buying it soon. The track go as this: 1 : One more time Probably heard by most of you this is a great track. The first they released and the reason I started getting into Daft Punk. A great track to dance to or just listen to as you do over things. This track is loved by any dance fan and the vocals sound great changing from high to low with an amazing computer digaly graphed sound. This is all you need for a party or a night out! 2 : Aerodynamic Not known by most people but once you've heard it you'll not turn back. With it's dancy beat and fast rhythm this is a great track. There aren't any words but that makes no different. With the guitar coming in about a minute after the starting the track really brightens up. The strange clock noises that brake up the song do suprise you but they're very effective! Over all this is another easy listening song. 3 : Digital Love It has to say this is my favourite song on the album. It has an Amazing rhythm, great vocals, great lyrics and a beat that will lift you off you're feet! The guitar sounds great and it really makes the song great. The dynamics are amazing spliting the track up great. Overall if this track doesn't please you then nothing will!! 4 : Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger This is another of my favourite on the album. The starting is really cool and is very dancy a
long with the rest of the song. This is one song I've played over and over and still haven't got bored of it!! The lyrics all come into place making a really funky song!! 5 : Crescendolls With it's weird name and weird starting this is one song you won't be sure of at first. Then the beat kicks in and it's amazing! This is another song you'll get on you're feet to dance to. With no lyrics like Aerodynamic this is an easy one to get down to. A bit later on in the track Daft Punk plays around with it and makes it sound really cool. 6 : Nightvision Different to the others, the others being dancy and upbeat this is a slow and soft song. Kind of eerie and scary but this song is still good! 7 : Superheros With the drums beat at the start you think you've turned over to the queen's birthday but once the beat kicks in you know where you are! With the background vocals repeated this track does come a bit annoying after a while. This is one track I don't like that much on the album! 8 : High Life This song sounded very familiar to me. It's sounds like an old dance track with a great beat to back it up. This is another one you can get down to and dance till you drop! 9 : Something about us Like nightvision this starts off very slow. It sounds like an 70's/80's track to me and you kind of wait for someone like Micheal Jackson to come in with a solo to finish it off. This is very slow and kind of sad (upseting I mean). 10 : Voyager This like most the others is an upbeat dancy track. It still is easy listening and is good to just sit and tap a pencil to. Again it sounds familiar again and I think it's been used for a TV show or something. 11 : Veridis Quo Again a weird name with a kind of scary organ feel to the start like you're in church. It stars of very quiet but as it goes loude
r it gets a lot better. This track is quite boring I think but still good. 12 : Short Circuit With another 70's/80's feel to it this song is good. It's a lot different to the track before and puts you in a brighter mood. With the echoing sounds in the background this is another great song. 13 : Face to face With a heavy beat in the start this is a strange song with a lot of effective gaps and great lyrics. Again with an early disco feel this is a good song! 14 : Too Long The title is very right! With a gospel feel and sound like a few gospel singers this is a.... different song. With it's ten minute long track that could be cut into an amazing 4 minute tracks this song gets boring fast. It changes a lot throughtout if you can be bothered to listen to it all! Altogether this is an amazing album. If you're thinking of getting it get it now! This is one of my best buys and a great CD you will listen to over and over again!
There are a total of 14 tracks on this CD. These are listed below with comments about how and why I liked them or disliked them: One More Time This was a track which made me feel a lot less depressed if ever I was. It is probably the least repetative track of the lot, but repetative none the less. Probably the best one for a party Aerodynamic This is a thoughtful track in the way that it makes you listen to its lyrics. This is the same for the next track too. It made me feel....well....sure of myself perhaps Digital Love this is probably my favorite track. It has a strong base. Repetative-yes, boring - by no means. It has strong sense of something...I can't put my finger on it though! Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger sounds as if the synthesiser was used at full balst in this one. There is a lot of repetition. However, it is still not that bad a track.I do not listen to it as much as the first three. Crescendo You have probably heard this one on TV or something like that. It is a feel good song in the way that it gets better and better. Hence the title. Nothing else springs to mind about this one. Nightvision Don't really listen to this one that much. I seem to remember that it is quite a 'smooth' track, but I may be wrong, please correct me IF I am. Superheroes This is the most repetative track on the CD. None the less I xstill enjoy listening to it. You know when a song is good because it makes you want to tap your foot or move to the rythm in some way or another. This track succeded in this. High Life Not much to say about this one as yet. Something About Us Never listened to it. I think that I deleted it off my MD by mistake. Voyager I like this track, it made me feel less down the first time I listened to it. May work for you or it may not! Veridis Quo Don't really like this track. It just dosn
39;t seem to be fit for this CD. That may be me of course!!! Short Circuit One of my least favorites. I think that this was a bit of a mistake really. But yet again it may just be me..... Face To Face Havn't listened to this one yet.....comments to me on what you think...IF possible Thanks! Too Long Yet another nasty one. The start put me off. Just dosn't sound any good that is all I think... As well as these, there two more bonus tracks which can be found after the last track - about a minute or two on. These bonus tracks are: Turn Out The Sound Remix of Harder, Better,Faster, Stronger Compared to the last album - Homework - I found this album much better. The synthesised music may sound the same for a few songs, but there is still strong variation from song to song. The first four songs, especially track number 3, are probably the best tracks on this album. There are also classics such as One More time (Track 1) on the album. I say classic, because it is on almost every day at some point on the TV and/or radio. This is a truly remarkable album - and a good buy.
I bought this album with great anticipation. Having heard their previous album, and of course the track 'Around the World' i was expecting great things. Unfortunatley I was dissapointed. Having heard the first two tracks, (One more time & Aerodynamic respectivley) i was left very impressed. But unfortunatly, it just cam rather repetitive and every track started to sound the same. Maybe because i was expecting more, or maybe simply because i was tired, who knows? I know i will like this album in the future, its the kind that grown on you. Dont get me wrong, I am a fan of there music, and probably would recomend it to other fans, but still, i found it rather dissapointing.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 One more time
3 Digital love
4 Harder better faster stronger
8 High life
9 Something about us
11 Veridis quo
12 Short circuit
13 Face to face
14 Too long