Daft Punk Random Access Memories (Drumless Edition) Album Review Pitchfork

What are we doing here? Honestly, what are we doing with this “drumless” edition of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories? What possible lessons can we learn from 2023’s second re-edition of Daft Punk’s third-best album, in which every sonic detail is the same, other than the absence of drums?

The first thing that I did with this album was listing to Giorgio by Moroder and couldn't get into it because it just seemed off.

I took a step back and decided to listen to the entire album from the beginning with the view point that this is supposed to be different.

I’m listening to it again as I write this and I think it falls some where between a cover version and an acoustic mix. I think the article that I linked to does a better job of explaining it.

For me, the cognitive dissonance sometimes gets me out of the grove. The album moves from something that I would look at to pull songs from for a dance party to an album that I would look at for a speakeasy; a party where people are expected to talk over it.

That’s not to say it’s a bad thing. It’s definitely a different take on a record that I listened to on a regular basis.


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