When I first heard this, I honestly didn't quite understand what direction Daft Punk were going in. But you have to listen to it all the way through, to truly understand it's genius.
If, like me, you're fed up of shallow 21st century pop music with no heart or soul, with people dominating the top 40 who look like Satanists, singing about being a cannibal, dying young, bad romances and good girls gone bad (Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Rhianna etc, I'm looking at you) where pop music is Satanically dark, singing about being possessed by demons whilst wearing outrageous outfits that always seem to resemble the Baphomet symbol and showing off devil horns etc, then this is the album for you.
It's how pop music really should be. It should make you feel good, put a smile on your face, and make you want to go out and party and celebrate with friends, or just to cheer you up at home to chill out to (just to get the record straight here, my favourite bands are Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode, and whereas their music may do well commercially, it falls into a separate genre of 'dark art pop'). And, you can tell, it's also required a hell of a lot of hard work and effort to make it. Back when, you know, bands like Kool and the Gang were doing stuff like 'Celebration' with catchy riffs, vocals, and simple lyrics. This has that same vibe of being ridiculously upbeat. And a similar sound. But it's still Daft Punk.
RAM is an unbelievably feel good album. It's almost therapeutic. It harkens back to the good old days of how top 40 pop music used to sound like. It puts a wiggle in your stride, a smile on your face, and a sense of joy back into the modern world of pop. Sorry for repeating that, but it really is the best way to sum it up.
And it actually gets better with each listen. You notice it has love, soul and hope, which is something much needed in these dark times. It actually has HEART.
As for the hype, I never realised there was so much hype. I don't follow Daft Punk like I used to, I found Human After All a disappointment, but LOVED the Tron Legacy soundtrack (not the film though, it was rubbish), in fact, I never even knew the album was out. I avoid hype as much as possible, it really destroys your expectations. I really liked the catchy single 'Get Lucky', but it segues so perfectly into this record (after album highlight 'Touch'), you groove to it, but barely notice it. So perfect for parties.
I still think Discovery is my favourite album, perhaps because it brings back so many good memories, but RAM really isn't too far behind. In fact, listening to it, it kind of brings back memories of when I used to listen to Discovery, so I guess it must be doing something right. Shame I'm over a decade older!
This is the feel good album of the year (so far, though it's hard to imagine one that could possibly lift you up better on those dark days), and perfectly timed for what could be a long, beautiful summer.