Day 35: Daft Punk – Discovery

4 Apr

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

I kept a running tally while listening to Daft Punk’s Discovery. I kept track of every song that I knew or that sounded familiar.  Ultimately, I had heard 7 out of the 14 songs on the album before.  Whether sampled, cut, or mashed up, I had listened to just about half of the tracks on the album before I actually listened to the album.  This shows just how influential and important Daft Punk have been over the past decade; someone with a very limited knowledge of the duo was already familiar with a bunch of their stuff.

As for the actual music…I’ll give it one thing, it’s catchy as hell.  I’m going to have a bunch of the songs on Discovery stuck in my head for days.  Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, which received a renewed interest a few years back after Kanye sampled it, is one of the most addicting songs that I know.  With a fast tempo and great beat it’s impossible not to love from the beginning.  10-minute album closer, inaccurately, but hilariously titled Too Long, goes through about one million different sections before it’s through, but remains insanely catchy throughout.

The album as a whole can drag at points, with a few too many boring songs for it to be worthy of another full listen.  That doesn’t mean that I can’t pick and choose a few tracks every now and then.  I mean, there’s no way that I could skip One More Time if it ever came on shuffle.

I have a theory about bands like Daft Punk.  I think that they only come out with albums so they have something to go on tour behind.  Daft Punk is famous for its ridiculous live shows, not so much for its albums.  Given the opportunity, I would definitely see “The Punk,” as a Facebook friend affectionately named them, live.

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