Everybody loves a comeback. In today's dubstep influenced dance industry, comebacks are often trickier than ever to pull off. Daft Punk had no such issues in 2013, and they returned to the forefront of commercial music in a fashion that only they could have pulled off. Here's why we placed it at the top of our list of top 5 albums.
By Tinashe Venge
Daft Punk is as household a name as you get in dance music. The iconic French duo have made people dance for a decade and a half, and songs such as Technologic, Harder Faster Better and my personal favorite, One More Time are as recognizable as the sun and the moon in any club. Despite having accomplished almost anything there is to accomplish in mainstream music, you might have been forgiven for believing that a comeback after 7 years might have been beyond them. You'd have been proved wrong in the most emphatic way possible in 2013, but you'd be forgiven for that.
It all began with Get Lucky, the lead single from Random Access Memories featuring Pharell Williams. The coolest person in the world. The coolest. Anyways, I got distracted. Get Lucky has proven itself to be one of the biggest hits of 2013, going toe to toe with the likes of Blurred Lines. It signalled their intent to make their mark on music again, and boy did they do just that.
The album, in my opinion, is very different to how the single might have you believe it might sound. And that's no bad thing, either. I enjoyed the journey that RAM took listeners on, a journey where musical melodies marry the beeps and whirrs of technology. Kicked off by a wonderful 80s power-rock buildup that transists into a wonderful disco melody, Give Life Back to Music is serves as an excellent intro and a statement of intent from the duo.
Highlights of the album include Giorgio by Mordor, Lose yourself to Dance, and Doing it Right, each of which features uniquely talented artists who add their own flavor to the album. My standout track, though, is Touch. Lyrically, musically, technologically and emotionally- perfect. Like the first touch with something new, a brand new experience.
RAM performed excellently on the charts, and many will look back on it as one of 2013's standout albums; perhaps even one of the most memorable of the new millenium. The greats never lose their talent, and Daft Punk showed that if nothing else, they will go down in musical history as one of the greats. Without a shadow of a doubt, Random Access Memories is the best album of 2013.