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.