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The Masterpiece of House (and french electronic music in general),
This review is from: Discovery (Audio CD)
Daft Punk. Where to begin...
No band has ever released as many great house singles, but where most house/dance groups survive merely on their singles, Daft Punk can withstand any criticism stating that House music only creates one-hit wonders. Discovery is the album that proves this wrong.
Homework was a decent album and a fresh debut, including such amazing singles as "Around the World" and "Da Funk". Incredible! But on Homework Daft Punk missed as much as they hit. Generally the tracks on Homework featured great ideas, but they were oftentimes very schematic and the beats too sharply drawn.
This is where discovery succeeds completely. The tracks all sound very organic, flowing together nicely and creating a sense of an actual album instead of a collection of tracks. This is done without having to lose the hit potential. The amazing "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and my personal favourite album-opener "One More Time" pushed the bars higher than ever seen in House (and rarely seen in electronic music at all).
Only minor flaw on the album is the duo's penchant for corny synth pads, which are used quite often, but mostly just make you smile rather than annoy you.
Discovery MUST be part of your collection, even if you dislike electronic music in general (which would make you a shallowminded *something*). Don't bother with the Daft's next studio album, which is a major low-point.
(Also check out Alive 2007 - amazing live-album, worth getting recognized as an independent album).