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More beat and funk-driven than melody-driven
on 1 April 2012
The perfectionistic electronica-wiz duo Daft Punk have only released a handful of albums, growing in strength. Homework is a funk-driven record with little actual emphasis on catchy melodies - though it's got those, too.
The catchy and groovy "Da Funk", the soothing "Fresh" and the exhilirating "Around the World" are all solid and enjoyable listens. Overall, though, the album rarely entices me to listen to it as a whole. It's got more to do, on the whole, with experimental German techno than melody-driven techno-disco or however you can classify Daft Punk's later work. "Rock'n'Roll" in particular seems like it takes an eternity to pass - not only doesn't it have much of a melody to work with, but the main whoosh-like sound that makes up its beat is headache-inducing. "Alive", though arguably with as little melody, works better in that regard.
Homework's primary function seems to be that of a club record, in which capacity it's a good enough release. It doesn't have the melodious fulfillment of Discovery and especially the excellent Human After All. Daft Punk have certainly crafted stronger music than this.