Human After All (CD)


Daft Punk

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Tiffany Anders 08/02/2010

Die-hard Daft Punk fans were a little disappointed with this release, complaining that it lacked the poppy spark of their previous album (Discovery) and was too repetitive. And while the pop factor is far more subdued and the songs are indeed repetitive, the duo’s genius is not lost on this album. The approach here takes the robot persona to even further lengths with the vocal vocoder on every tune. Nearly every song touches on technology and the digital age (particularly “Technologic” and “Television Rules the Nation”) juxtaposed with topics of basic human emotion (like “Emotion” and “Make Love”), which makes one wonder if the intention here is a clever remark on the digital age and social interaction. “Human After All” sets the tone for this robotic journey, followed up by the true star of the album, the slammin' “Robot Rock,” which features Black Sabbath-style guitars and fierce beats. Softer moments are heard on “Make Love,” which features funky guitar and real piano amongst catchy digitized beats. The closing “Emotion” strikes a balance between the harsher aspects of the record. “Technologic” is the most obvious comment on our digital age, as the song spews all the computer terminology we are all so accustomed to now. Whether or not it was the duo’s intention to do a concept album of sorts remains unknown, but if listeners are able to open themselves to the idea, it makes the listen all the more rewarding. In true Daft Punk style, the band’s point of view with this release is presented as 100% entertainment.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Human After All
Daft Punk 05:20
2.
The Prime Time of Your Life
Daft Punk 04:23
3.
Robot Rock
Daft Punk 04:26
4.
Steam Machine
Daft Punk 05:21
5.
Make Love
Daft Punk 04:49
6.
The Brainwasher
Daft Punk 04:08
7.
On/Off
Daft Punk 00:19
8.
Television Rules the Nation
Daft Punk 04:46
9.
Technologic
Daft Punk 04:43
10.
Emotion
Daft Punk 06:57

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