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4.0 out of 5 stars A great album although not quite a classic., 20 May 2013
This review is from: Random Access Memories (Audio CD)
THE GREAT:

1. Give Life Back To Music - A definite dancefloor filler full of funky rhythms and those trademark robotic vocals. A great album opener that hits you right from the start with its climatic intro and doesn't give up until the end. 5/5
3. Giorgio By Moroder - The albums most ambitious, layered song that delves into a variety of sounds very successfully. It begins with an interesting narration from Giorgio Moroder before a funky backing cuts in. Then things take a turn into unmistakeable Daft Punk territory with an extremely catchy synth riff which stays around for most of the remainder of the song. We then head into a section with jazz piano and guitar before an orchestral breakdown...and that's when things really get exciting. This song could do with editing down as it slightly fizzles out before the end but this is an excellent song for the most part. It is however, not a song i would revisit as much as the others due to the length and the narration. 4/5
4. Within - A slow paced, melancholic soft pop number with robotic vocals and twinkly piano lines. The chorus is gorgeous. The only slow paced song on the album that i really liked. 4/5
5. Instant Crush - Slightly downbeat in tone with a chugging guitar and thoughtful synths and the robotic vocals go well with the song. The chorus is really great. It does sound like a Strokes song which is no coincidence since their singer, Julian Casablancas, does the vocal duties. 4/5
8. Get Lucky - An absolute belter. Utterly infectious and Pharrell William's vocals go really well with the song. 5/5
12. Doin It Right - Bound to be a huge hit. The robotic hook and Panda Bear's vocals mesh together to make a really uplifting song. One of the albums best alongside Get Lucky. 5/5

THE OK:

6. Lose Yourself To Dance - Another funky guitar tune. Not as good or immediate as Live Life Back To Music or Get Lucky but still a decent song despite being slightly monotonous and lifeless. It just kind of plods along although the robotic vocals liven things up a bit when they kick in. 3/5
7. Touch - The strangest song on the album. Very theatrical with grand chord changes, a childrens choir and a big buildup. It does take a while to get going but once it kicks into gear it becomes very joyous and incredibly uplifting with a refrain of 'if love is the answer then hold on, hold on'. I would give it a higher score if the intro was trimmed down a lot. 3/5
10. Motherboard - A gorgeous instrumental. I would describe it as dreamlike. Loses steam towards the end though 3/5
13. Contact - A big number powered by icy, bittersweet keyboards and NASA dialogue during the intro. A mixture of prog rock and dance. The song has a very triumphant, determined feel about it. Gets very exhilarating during the middle when things get super charged but is let down by a bloated, elongated ending filled with feedback noises which i'm sure was there to add a certain character to the song but i found it a tad dull. I have to say that the song would have more impact if it was played without live instruments and had a bit more of an electronic beat. If it was made during the Discovery album i'm sure i'd like it more. A satisfactory closer nonetheless. 3/5

THE BAD:

2. Game Of Love - A slow paced number with a sensual air about it with its clipped funk guitar, echoing keyboards and yearning robotic vocals. Very ordinary and lacks a decent chorus. The first song on the album that outstays its welcome. 2/5
9. Beyond - Laid back funk tune with robotic vocals mostly propelled by a catchy bassline. I myself found it very boring and felt like skipping for most of the song. There isn't much energy there which is a problem when the music is so uninspiring. The orchestral intro was a bit misjudged too although it was brief. 2/5
11. Fragments Of Time - Upbeat mid tempo pop number again mostly powered by a bassline. The chorus has a certain charm to it with its wonky synths and the pace picks up near the end before the final chorus but apart from that it's really nothing special and not something i'd want to revisit. 2/5

Summary: Contains some excellent tunes and teeters on the edge of being a real must own album but is let down by a few of the slower numbers towards the end and a few songs could have been edited down slightly. But apart from that, this is an exceptional pop/dance album and is sure to go down as one of the most assured, ambitious, eclectic and downright enjoyable albums of 2013.
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Initial post: 20 May 2013 21:15:17 BDT
J. Cooper says:
Agree with pretty much all of the above, with the one exception of track 3. For me this is one of the highlights and should be right up there as one of the greats. I'm also very happy if I can pick up an album and love six of the songs straight off the bat.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2013 21:38:20 BDT
Thanks for your reply. I appreciate what they were trying to do with track 3 and i realize that most of the critics love it too but i just found it a little too long winded. It's a shame because the concept of the song and the presence of such an influential musician is an excellent idea. Perhaps it will grow on me.

Posted on 21 May 2013 15:21:00 BDT
Bakerboy3685 says:
Think this album review is very good though I also like track 3 as well.
It's a decent record but I have to admit it has not been quite the album I was hoping for after all this time. Discovery remains the benchmark still.

Posted on 24 May 2013 20:26:34 BDT
colesy999 says:
Can I please ask you to recommend an album for me?
You appear to have a similar musical mind to myself!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2013 10:35:47 BDT
its a little older now but junior by royksoppe is defiantly the best dance album in recent years (my opinion sic) and my release of the year would be By you side by breakbot its the feel good album that makes up for the disappointment of R A M.

Posted on 17 Oct 2014 14:33:41 BDT
The BAD aren't really bad at all, are they?
If listening to the album as an album, there will be no need to skip anything really.
If just picking individual songs, then, yes, obviously some won't be belters.
Listening loud in a very good headphone setup it is all awesome!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2015 15:53:04 GMT
Giorgio by Moroder is a tribute to "I Feel Love" with references to Moroder's disco heritage.
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