What were you doing 15 years ago? Personally I was going to Middle School with not a care in the world. Sure I still loved music, but Daft Punk wasn’t even on my radar at the time. As I grew older and discovered the robots, my life would change. Fast forward to present day listening back to an album I have played over and over, I take a harder look at why this is my favorite album from the dancing duo.
The album opens up with the vocoded One More Time I instantly just want to get up and start dancing around the room. The vocals are so simple yet impactful. “Music’s got me feelin’ so free, we’re gonna celebrate, celebrate and dance so free.” I mean who doesn’t feel a wave of emotions pour over you when you hear that song you connect to or are at a dope show? The French duo really hit the nail on the head on the intrinsic nature of music and why we all relate to it.
Next we roll into Aerodynamic which is a groovy instrumental with electro-disco riffs that seem to burst up through the Earth. The beat kicks harder than a horse, but the track is missing a keyboard. Either way, it’s a solid tune that leads into Digital Love. While this might not be everyone’s favorite track from the album it is certainly mine. The upbeat lyrics and rhythm are Like something straight out of movie. They remind me a dreamy Summer night out with friends partying until the break of dawn and it just resonates with my soul.
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger is another hit from this album that even Daft Punk fans will probably recognize. That might be due to the fact that Kanye used the sample in his classic Stronger and used in a commercial for GAP, but that’s beside the point. This is one of the strongest tunes on Discovery simply because of how funky it is. The guitar solos and manipulated vocals are attractive to just about anyone and helped this become one of the biggest hits on the album.
Crescendolls is where the album starts to change a bit. The track itself is a bouncy loop that plays over and over again while the sequential songs show off Daft Punk’s artful side. The rest of the album doesn’t necessarily come off as house music though the undertones are there. But it’s not until the end when the vocoders fade away that Discovery picks up again. The singing on the last few tracks is on point and take the beats to the next level. All in all this is an album I have listened to so many times I can’t count. Daft Punk are one of those iconic images of electronic music that everyone recognizes and some of that is due to this album. Did I mention they made the entire album into a music video? Check it out below and celebrate 15 years of this iconic record.
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