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Random Access Memories

Daft Punk

Random Access Memories

Fourth studio album from the French electronic duo featuring collaborations from Panda Bear, Julian Casablancas Giorgio Moroder and Nile Rodgers

ADM rating[?]

7.9

Label
Columbia
UK Release date
20/05/2013
US Release date
21/05/2013
  1. 10.0 |   Q

    Full-service transcendental music that elevates the soul by energising the body. Print edition only

  2. 10.0 |   NME

    It's rare to hear a record that doesn't sound like anything you've ever heard, and rarer still to hear one that also puts a smile on your face
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  3. 10.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    The boldest, smartest, most colourful and purely pleasurable dance album of this decade
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  4. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Thankfully, when you stick it on and let its complex arrangments of smooth surfaces and simple messages of fear, hope, loneliness and belonging unfold around you, it's possible to forget all that postpostpostmodern hype and anti-hype and meta-hype and enjoy the pure pleasure of it
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  5. 10.0 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    It took exuberance, painstaking detail, and wide-eyed nostalgia for Daft Punk to create Random Access Memories, their best
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  6. 10.0 |   Blurt

    In the current cultural climate, we need more of this. Album Of The Year, y’all
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  7. 9.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Daft Punk have not only made a career-defining album, but the smartest dance album since disco
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  8. 9.0 |   All Music

    Daft Punk's most personal work, and richly rewarding for listeners willing to spend time with it
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  9. 9.0 |   DIY

    An album in the proper sense of the word; these aren't thirteen dancefloor ready bangers, it's a grandiose statement of intent
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  10. 8.8 |   Pitchfork

    People will be listening to Random Access Memories a decade hence, just like we’re still listening to Discovery now
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  11. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Dance music that sounds as though it came from space has been attempted a thousand times for every star out there, but no one else can attain it so perfectly you find yourself giggling at Daft Punk's brilliance
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  12. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    An entrancing and endlessly entertaining musical experience, a fun collection that can soundtrack a great party from start to finish
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  13. 8.0 |   The 405

    The proper follow-up to 2005's disappointing Human After All once again displays what Daft Punk can be capable of
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  14. 8.0 |   FasterLouder

    Random Access Memories is a love letter: to people, to moments, and to music itself. It may be less forward than Daft Punk’s previous records, but it’s the best one to take home at the end of the night
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  15. 8.0 |   Fact

    The most natural reaction that a pair of rich men pushing 40 could have to a world where house and pop are spawning sewage at an all-time rate of knots
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  16. 8.0 |   Billboard

    There are wide eyes underneath those robot helmets, and music fans have waited a long time to peer through them for 74 minutes; let go of the mammoth expectations, dance and feel all right
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  17. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Random Access Memories proves that Daft Punk remain masters of their domain
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  18. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Ignore the hype and avoid any disappointment by just listening to this album and enjoying it for what it is
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  19. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    A methodically curated, musical museum of the future
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  20. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    The somewhat awkward way it’s been put together and the slight overlength it has prevents Random Access Memories from being the seminal masterpiece it wants to be, but it doesn’t stop the album from being a genuinely great listen
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  21. 8.0 |   The Scotsman

    Daft Punk have taken a long, hard look at dance music and decided to make a crafted pop album instead
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  22. 8.0 |   Spin

    They're not robots, they're "robots." They "rock" and want you to "dance." In that sense, this is absolutely in keeping with the band's legacy
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  23. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    At times, the album is a victim of its own ambition. But it wouldn't be half as awesome a ride if it had aimed any lower
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  24. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Breathes life into the safe music that dominates today's charts, with its sheer ambition
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  25. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Dance as it stands has become pretty predictable. Thanks to this pair looking back, maybe it now has a future
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  26. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    It's an album which makes you feel warm. It's the sound of love, after all
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  27. 8.0 |   The Observer

    With RAM – a masterpiece complete with flaws – Daft Punk have shone a laser beam into dark corners of the 70s and 80s and made them sing again, with timbres more human than ever before
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  28. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Its flaws are outweighed by moments that justify the excitement. It felt like a major event before its release: more incredibly, it still does once you've heard it
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  29. 8.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    RAM can oftentimes feel scattered, too ambitious, or too similar to the era it’s working from, but, in the end, it’s an album held together by that palpable reverence
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  30. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Silly and overblown, but wittily, brilliantly so. Print edition only

  31. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Manages to maintain a core of sense and sobriety. Print edition only

  32. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    The universe of Random Access Memories, an album that can only be taken as a whole, is a maze unlike much music existing now
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  33. 7.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    An incredibly ambitious album. While significant thought has clearly gone into every aspect of it, you get the sense that more care could have been taken to anchor the record in a time and space which is relatable to the listener and not solely a passion project for the indulgence of the creators
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  34. 7.0 |   The Fly

    An enjoyable – if sometimes screamingly overwrought - return whose pop cuts lean hard on Rodgers’ upscale rhythms
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  35. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    RAM is an album that ultimately comes off having more respect for its spiritual predecessors than its listeners
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  36. 6.2 |   Paste Magazine

    This is the hardest Daft Punk’s ever worked on an album, but their songwriting and programming skills aren’t up to the others
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  37. 6.0 |   Time Out

    Their first two albums are classics because they were start-to-finish brilliant. What they’ve created is a truly great event, but only a patchily good album
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  38. 6.0 |   Clash

    It’s mainly down to Nile Rodgers to supply what thrust we find. The pure disco manna that flows from his funk-drenched fingers stops this bloated road show from sinking under alien seas of molten cheese
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  39. 6.0 |   music OMH

    A band as big as Daft Punk are well placed to start a movement, but this album doesn’t seem destined to become one of its classics, as admirable an attempt as it (mostly) is
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  40. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    For all Daft Punk’s grand-scale ambitions and desires, you’re left wondering “is that it?”
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  41. 5.0 |   The Quietus

    To find Bangalter and de Homem-Christo indulging in all the most horizontal aspects of their sound is more than a little disheartening
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  42. 4.0 |   State

    Unfortunately, it is as underwhelming as it is brave
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