I don’t like it at all.
The goal of their album seems to be to humanize the pure electronic era that we are in right now. To go back to the roots. And sure,Ilike that ideaalot. But whenIlistened to it, the first thought that came into my head was “I know like hundreds of musicians that could doaMUCH BETTER WORK with this concept than what Daft Punk did”.
Iknow it sounds arrogant, butIstand by it. Because:
1. The album has no interesting beats whatsoever. Nothing that puts you to the edge of your seat and makes your head nod up and down. It’s justastraight disco beat inatempo so slow that it just makes you drowsy (whichIwould guess is quite the opposite of what they were trying to achieve). In my opinion, they haveaVERY limited sense of rhythm.
2. The improv. On tracks like “Giorgio by Moroder” they have some parts where they just jam over the chords, probably to putamore jazz/funky touch to it. AndIlove the idea, but the thing is… the solos are so boring. When it comes to improvising, they are lightyears behind compared to what other musicians can do.
3. The hype. I’ll admit that these guys are marketing geniuses, but when people like Todd Edwards and Moroder say that Daft Punk have an “higher objective musical knowledge and ability than anyone else”… it’s just wrong. It makes me sad that people are so blind with to respect only what’s popular and recognized, because there’s music out there that’s SO MUCH MORE advanced than this. Even sadder is thatIbet many listeners ‘likes’ the album only because others have told them it’s good.
4. To give youapoint of contrast, there’s an album by Robert Glasper that was released last year called Black Radio. It’s not the same genre as Daft Punk, but it has the same concept (only the other way around). Glasper came from the roots of jazz and wanted to make something that was more modern and present. He’s done most of the things Daft Punk tried to do-the robotic voices, the mixture of instrumentals with electronic beats, and flows between written melodies and pure improv.
The only difference is that this album is just on another level. If people call Daft Punk “objective musical geniuses”, they should really hold that thought and check out Black Radio. Any thoughts? Any objections?Iwould be delighted to heararesponse.