Daft Punk / Human After All : 3 of 5
The whole concept behind Daft Punk is repetition - once they kick into a groove, it loops over and over while it washes over you, gets you moving, and sinks in until you start to listen for the subtle differences in sound as the song progresses. On their album Discovery, they did this with a disco feel, and I doubt they will ever top it. On Homework, everything was electronic and experimental, and now on their new CD, it seems to be a nice compromise. There are some really awesome stand-out tunes, such as Technologic (used in iPod commercials), and the title track Human After All. Both of these feature fun electronic vocals that are more of an instrument than a form of communication, and I love it! Some other good tracks are Robot Rock and Television Rules the Nation, but there are some experimental failures, too. The Prime Time of Your Life starts out as a great song, but then becomes a white noise festival with an accelerating drum beat that's only interesting the first time. Make Love seems to try to capture the feel of Something About Us from Discovery, but doesn't quite make it. Still, it's awesome to have new Daft Punk to listen to, and the great tunes far outweigh the bad.