Fan posts winning a 'golden ticket' for Daft Punk 'RAM: Deluxe'
Props to Daft Punk for seemingly executing a successful 'golden ticket' promotion. A fan at NYC Comic Con this weekend said she won the first signed copy of this deluxe edition of Daft Punk's 2013 album, Random Access Memories. Columbia Records retweeted this, adding to its legitimacy.
Now the speculation begins...
Whatever we're in store for, more new Daft Punk this year (or early next) is already a pleasant surprise.
Daft Punk delivers an album we've never heard before.
I'm through three listens of Random Access Memories today and the album is undoubtedly a well-executed hybrid of sounds, instruments, and complimenting vocals that altogether create something that many of us actually expected from Daft Punk: an album we've never heard before.
Let me expand upon this admittedly general hyperbole. An album we've never heard before. Sure, every single album released is an album we've never heard before. But what this statement means is that Random Access Memories stands out, and will always stand out, on its own. This album lives up to the hype and, quite frankly, has it all. It contains elements of genres that I would never think flow together this well — from Daft Punk's usual brand of electronic and pop to moments of funk, disco, jazz, metal, alternative, soulful R&B blues, and I may have left out more. Seemingly every single type of guitar, woodwind, and keyboard setting was used; every single note hit. Try this at home: fast forward to a random 5 seconds of each song and note the first sounds you hear. Do it again within each song and you'll likely notice a difference, let alone the vast difference between the tracks themselves.
My trip through the album began with a favorable impression of the mix of the guitar and funk that defines "Give Life Back To Music" — a definitive song title that represents the album as a whole. It wasn't until "Instant Crush", however, when my impressions turned from "OK, this is groovy." to "Whoa, this is on another level!" That's not to discount highlights like the soothing R&B moods of "The Game Of Love" and "Within" and the end of "Giorgio By Moroder". But my instant crush with this album truly synched with the chords just mere seconds into "Instant Crush" featuring Julian Casablancas (pun intended, yes, but it couldn't be further from the truth).
The funk of the Pharrell-featured "Lose Yourself To Dance" and "Get Lucky" (the former being another new-age pop hit) is separated by the album's tallest roller coaster of a record. I mean that in a good way as "Touch" featuring Paul Williams is a strong personification of the wide range of sounds and styles of the entire album in one 8 minute long trip. The build-ups (one of the album's many great ones) from little to no sound (a simple piano and Paul Williams' vocals), to funk and dance next infused, to Daft Punk's vocals of "Love is the answer...", the triumphant choir echoing that amazing phrase over orchestral elements, then finally concluding where the song started: on the abrupt transition to "I need something more" of the Paul Williams' vocals over a piano. I'm quite sure that song couldn't possibly have anything more.
"Beyond" and "Motherboard" continue the good grooves just as I was anticipating the album to dip. To me, it momentarily does with "Fragments Of Time", but this song has all the ingredients to grow on me with more listens. "Doin' It Right" will likely be the choice of many as the album's catchiest song, mine included. And "Contact", and its amazing build-ups all the way to the very end, is Random Access Memories' fitting conclusion; plus, the runner-up to the track most likely to be included in a movie soundtrack behind "Touch" (although there's a touch of wishful thinking in this prediction).
Random Access Memories is a movie within itself though. From beginning to end, there's not one track to skip and the aforementioned wide variety of sounds, instruments, and genres keep the listener engaged to a flawlessly flowing one hour, thirteen minutes, and fifty-five seconds. Daft Punk could have made another TRON: Legacy and I would have been happy with another dark, electronic themed album. But in this one hour and change, they instead challenged multiple themes, and succeeded in creating a cohesive album of such distinctly different and individually powerful sounds. That's why I say they deliver "an album we've never heard before". And at the end of the day, "Everybody will be dancing and be doing it right."
*TIBS FAVS.: "Instant Crush", "Touch", "Get Lucky", "Doin' It Right"
FROM EARLIER TODAY: Daft Punk also released a teaser this morning: the "unboxing" of the Random Access Memories vinyl, that perhaps does feature the first 20 seconds of the album towards the end. It sounds great and the video is quite the effective teaser.