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1.0 out of 5 stars Shalamar?, 27 May 2013
This review is from: Random Access Memories (Audio CD)
This album is dreadful. Unless you like Shalamar. It sounds like a bunch of musos showing off their funk/disco chops. The production is horrible. It all sounds far too slick, lacking any warmth. They have failed to re-create the classic 70's/80's sound they're obviously after. The songs are also very dull and that bloody vocoder!!! Maybe it will sound really cool in 5 years time but i highly doubt it. Almost unlistenable.
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Initial post: 27 May 2013 18:43:54 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2013 20:37:29 BDT
the pelican says:
go away.

Posted on 27 May 2013 22:03:44 BDT
I've always hated Daft Punk and their "by the numbers" electronica. This is the first album where they sound real. A fine album, I think.

Posted on 28 May 2013 12:58:09 BDT
Okay then. This album is a wonderful work of art. Oh, wow.

Posted on 6 Jun 2013 11:28:58 BDT
Hey, Shalamar are great! Or maybe they were in 1983, the worst of this this poor, dull album seems intent to replicate. Lets hope once Daft Punk have counted the millions they make from this album, they will just go away quietly...

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2013 13:20:39 BDT
Fully agree : Shalamar had more creativity in their left pinky than this bull shhhit.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2013 09:01:06 BDT
Absolutely. Please don't associate Shalamar with this disappointing album with poor performance and production values. Most of it tries to be a jazz album (not high quality soul dance, like Shalamar), and it has some inventiveness, but it's so badly made, actually. I think the inventiveness in some of the modern jazz tracks can be ok to good or better, but it's the performance and production values which has it suffer. You can't compare it to the greatness of the modern jazz albums which sell well today (or 20 years ago). Which you have to expect, because, it seems these were not jazz musicians a couple of years ago. Yet their album sails in at number one, not in the jazz and funk charts, but in the best sellers, and probably will sell more than just about any other album this year.

The rest which isn't jazz is 70s psychadelia that pseudo modern electro jazz heads such as Captain Beefheart did, but not up to those names.

It would be not so bad, but these people aren't high calibre musicians and the production values of their previous releases unfortunately have gone altogether here. It seemed like they were choosing exactly what you should hear in the past, now, it's you get what you get and you'll know what that is when you get it, and so will Daft Punk, I think, but not before.

The other thing, not high calibre, experienced musicians or not, the stuff written is often rather or very virtuoso if it's not programmed and actually played. Most 70s pop musicians, even the deeper ones, would have really struggled with the stuff as it's written on this album. In the end you kind of have to say Daft Punk do rather well in the circumstances for amateurs, but would need years before a record album would probably pick them up for a low profile release, if they hadn't become famous from electonic music, that means they can do anything.
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