Daft Punk looks backward for its new "Random Access Memories" (Columbia), bringing its chilled electronic robotics to the considerably warmer climes of '70s disco. The French duo Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-
Christo seek out inspiration from the kings of the era -- producer Giorgio Moroder, who gets a nine-minute tribute "Giorgio by Moroder," and Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers, whose distinctive guitar style makes the catchy first single, "Get Lucky," such a thrill. There are times when it all gets too glossy, but "Random Access Memories" is best when Daft Punk applies today's pristine production to the thumping throwback groove, as it does masterfully in "Lose Yourself to Dance."
"Random Access Memories"
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