Monday, December 14, 2009

BIBJ Playlist of the 2000s entry #78: Digital Love by Daft Punk

Only 7 more to go!  I'm feeling winded and may be hallucinating.  This is where the grind of all those summer park practices is really going to pay off.  Or I'll collapse in the final sprint.  But first, let's journey to the way back machine:
Of the six tracks that feature vocals, four are smothered with the synthesized pitch corrector. On tracks like "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger," the duo make it work by pushing the instrument to its breaking point, squeezing out subhuman glips and merging the vocals into a Vai-style synth-guitar solo. But when the band relies on the tool merely as a gimmick, as on "Digital Love" and "Something about Us," the sentimental love songs come off with all the heart-melting earnestness of Kid Rock's "Only God Knows Why."
- Pitchfork 6.4 review of Discovery, 2001

They wanted their listeners to get the rush of context-free delight they had hearing music as kids, and on "Aerodynamic" and "Digital Love" they succeeded wildly, dissolving a decade-plus of dance music good taste...When a generation looks back and tries to catch a fuzzy hold of the music that made them happy this decade, Daft Punk's will be top of the list.
- Pitchfork on Discovery, the 3rd best album of the decade, 2009

The genius of music criticism is that you can never be wrong if you simply choose both sides.  See also:  Neutral Milk Hotel.

Also, it's interesting to note that although Discovery came in as the #3 album of the 2000s, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (a 9.0 album at the time of its release) did not crack the top 200.  Apparently the much ballyhooed influence just didn't take in that instance.

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