Random Access Memories

 
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Clean, conceptual dance album rewards repeat listens.

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Positive messages

Random Access Memories touches on messages of love, self-expression, individuality, and personal freedom through celebratory songs like "Lose Yourself to Dance" and "Giorgio by Moroder." A deep respect for art, music, and human interaction is found on songs throughout the album. "The Game of Love" and "Instant Crush" are about heartfelt love, and "Beyond" has a beautiful message of following one's heart and soul to achieve dreams, with lyrics like "There's no such thing as competition/To find a way we lose control/Remember, love's our only mission/This is a journey of the soul."

Positive role models

There are recurring messages about the emotional gain that can be found in dancing, love, art, self-expression, and the importance of individuality. "Giorgio by Moroder" features an inspirational monolog by influential Italian music producer Giorgio Moroder talking about his creative process and groundbreaking work in the studio: "Once you free your mind about a concept of harmony and music being correct, you can do whatever you want. So, nobody told me what to do, and there was no preconception of what to do."

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Sex

"Get Lucky" could be construed as having sexually suggestive content, with lyrics about "staying up all night" to "get lucky" and "get some." The psychedelic-leaning "Touch" has a lyric about a kiss and praises the importance of human touch, although it's a mild reference and more about the beauty of love and affection than actual sex.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

"Get Lucky" could be seen as a celebration of partying, drinking, and staying up all night, with lines like "Let's raise the bar/And our cups to the stars" and "She's up all night for some fun/I'm up all night to get lucky."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Random Access Memories is the fourth full-length studio album by French electronic duo Daft Punk. Daft Punk brought in live guest musicians for the recording, and the album has a polished, meandering sound, with themes that extol the human experience and pay tribute to the past. There are a few mild references to drinking and partying in the Pharrell collaboration "Get Lucky," which also has lyrics about staying "up all night to get lucky" that could be interpreted as having a sexual connotation, but that's the only iffy content. Although Random Access Memories is tame enough for tweens, it'll be most appreciated by listeners mature (and patient) enough to spend time with its layered nuances and messages.

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RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES is Daft Punk's much-anticipated fourth studio album, their first since 2010's Tron: Legacy soundtrack. The French duo of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo opted for the first time to use live session musicians for this recording, rather than relying heavily on samples, collaborating with guest artists Pharrell ("Get Lucky," "Lose Yourself to Dance") Interpol's Julian Casablances ("Instant Crush"), Chic's Nile Rodgers, house DJ Todd Edwards, MC/producer Chilly Gonzales, and Panda Bear of Animal Collective. A concept album about memory with a nod to the technological rendering of human experience, Random Access Memories borrows from a bounty of influences, including disco, jazz, prog-rock, soft-rock, funk, soul, and psychedelica. Each painstakingly crafted track is a story in itself, but Random Access Memories is best interpreted in its entirety as Daft Punk's testament to the "parallel between the brain and the hard drive -- the random way that memories are stored," as stated by Bangalter.

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Fans looking for the hard-hitting electronic dance music Daft Punk helped to pioneer in the '90s may be caught off-guard by this richly detailed, cerebral concept album rife with elements of disco, prog-rock, soul, and psychedelica. The extraordinarily high production value acknowledges deep and assorted musical influences, and reverence to technology and human creation is threaded through every track.

Repeat listens are rewarded, as new elements continue to surface. "Touch," for instance, borrows from so many genres and influences that it could be dissected for days, and the arrangements across the board are brilliant and pristinely layered. Though they've built a reputation on detached, robotic theatrics, Daft Punk captures a very human reality here, a reality that aligns with technology more than ever before. This sleek and complex album will likely resonate as a musical landmark for years to come.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes Random Access Memories a "concept album." What are some of the ideas and themes found in this record?

  • What differentiates Daft Punk from other electronic acts today? How have they built and sustained a worldwide reputation despite having only released four full-length albums in 20 years?

  • Pick a favorite song or two on the album. What are some of the genres and influences at play? What instruments do you hear?

Music details

Artist:Daft Punk
Release date:May 17, 2013
Type:Album
Label:Columbia
Genre:Dance/pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 12 years old August 26, 2013
 

Really Dissapointing!

I Thought this was a huge disapointment, Because they changed the style that they were Originally Dance But Nope! They are milking the cow all a sudden!. The Only Decent Track Was Get Lucky, but It Was A Huge Disapointment Don't Buy it If You Originally Heard there Old School Dance you wouldn't like this Album Like I Did
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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byitsthenerd_ July 10, 2013
 

Daft Punk: A great album. Period.

Daft Punk changed the scene for dance music. This album has great beats along with laid back tracks. Honestly great for any alternative music listener. I loved this album, because again the mix and originality it has. Some tracks made me want to dance, and some maid me want to take a nap, which wasn't a bad thing in this case. The collaborations for this album is awesome Pharell was a great choice. My favorite track on the album would have to be "Get Lucky".
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Too much sex
Teen, 15 years old Written bycinnagurl July 22, 2013
 

Daft Punk

As an EDM fan i think this album is ok. i think that this is different for Daft Punk but i prefer their older albums. Nothing will beat Discovery.
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