Tuned In To Music

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Review: Daft Punk, Musique Vol. 1 1993 – 2005

Working under the name Daft Punk the rock influenced and hook laden dance music of Parisian DJs Guy Manuel de Homem Christo and Thomas Bangalter has been enormously influential since they musiquereleased their first single, “The New Wave” in 1993.  “Musique Vol. 1” is a retrospective that includes previously released singles, album tracks from their three studio albums “Homework”, “Discovery” and “Human After All”, and remixes. 

Daft Punk’s music tends to be meticulously produced, technically innovative, and hellaciously danceable with hookalicious melodies and a big bottom end.  “Musique Vol. 1” is an excellent introduction to their music that may be both intriguing and maddening for fans who already have their studio albums.  The intrigue comes from the inclusion of their first hit single “Da Funk” and it’s original B-side “Musique”.  “Da Funk” appeared on theier first album, “Discovery” but this is the first time “Musique has appeared on a Daft Punk album.  Fans may also be interested in Daft Punk’s remixes of Scott Groves’ “Mothership Reconnection”, Ian Pooley’s “Chord Memory” and Gabrielle’s “Forget About the World” which are included on the retrospective.  I find Daft Punk’s own music to be markedly more interesting than their remixes which, to my ears, has more in common with the tracks produced by legions of other electronica remixers than it does with Daft Punk’s own brand of compelling, driving dance music.

Oddly, Daft Punk’s first single, “The New Wave” is not included on the retrospective which lessens its value as an historical overview of the group and may prove unsatisfactory to fans.  Another problem for those who know and enjoy their music is that the versions of “Around the World”, “One More Time” and “Technologic” are edits.  You will have to buy the original albums if you want the full versions.

“Musique Vol. 1” works very well as an introduction to Daft Punk.  If you have tuned in to bands like Justice and Digitalism and haven’t heard Daft Punk you will probably like this.  A lot.  If you’re already a fan you have the problem that fans always have when bands release retrospectives designed more to make money than fill a need.  Do you want to fork over the cash for “Musique” and three remixes and deal with the frustration of edited versions of some of Daft Punk’s familiar tunes?

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11/05/2007 - Posted by | CD reviews, music, music reviews

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