Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Where to begin with this one?! Well, when Daft Punk say Give Life Back To Music, they don’t mess around. This album is their love-letter to music, and to the long-playing format. Every note is lovingly recorded and produced – it really does sound a million dollars (which may very well be less than it cost to make). Even its cheesiest moments are played deadpan-straight – they aren’t messing around with irony here, they mean it. There are misses amongst the hits, sure, but there’s also something for everyone – disco-biographies (Giorgio By Moroder), chart-invading disco smashes (Get Lucky, of course, and Lose Yourself To Dance), showtune/throw-in-the-kitchen-sink epics (Touch), indie-darling crossovers (Doing It Right) and even interstellar techno (Contact).