Random Access Memories is one of those records where it is hard to separate the immense hype and expectations from the eventual finished product. What we ended up with is an album with perfectly executed promotion without the deep satisfaction that we expected. The album reminds me most of a microbrewery releasing a trendy new beer with slick packaging, and finding the flavors don’t mesh into the clean finish you would hope for. In the same way, Daft Punk combines disco-era sounds with their electronic home base and even what I would call plain old adult contemporary to create a most confusing brew.
I don’t know exactly who will get the lion’s share of the credit for “Get Lucky”, but I’m going to view it as a pure collaboration between Daft Punk, Pharrell, and Nile Rodgers. I really don’t think this should be viewed as purely a Daft Punk song. You immediately recognize some shades of Chic’s greatest hits in Nile Rodger’s guitar riff. In addition, with Pharrell’s recent output (or lack thereof), its been easy to forget how much he can lend to a track vocally. And obviously, the electronic/vocoder breakdown near the end of the track has Daft Punk’s production written all over it. So yeah, this is a Daft Punk record, but there were a lot of gourmet chefs in the kitchen. Continue reading “Daft Punk Review Royale: “Get Lucky””