- Random Access Memories

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
CRITIC SCORE
83
Based on 37 reviews
2013 Rank: #25 / 938
USER SCORE
80
Based on
725 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME

By assembling a cast of their favourite musicians and delving into their adolescent memories, Daft Punk have created something as emotionally honest as any singer-songwriter confessional – and a lot more fun to dance to. 

100
Pretty Much Amazing

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

100
Exclaim!

This is the album on which Daft Punk are truly and convincingly "human after all." And on this toweringly grand achievement, they've never sounded better.

100
Entertainment Weekly

It’s a headphones album in an age of radio singles; a bravura live performance that stands out against pro forma knob-twiddling; a jazzy disco attack on the basic house beat; a full collaboration at a time when the superstar DJ stands alone.

95
The Line of Best Fit

Daft Punk have not only made a career-defining album, but the smartest dance album since disco. 

90
DIY

'Random Access Memories' is ... an album in the proper sense of the word; these aren't thirteen dancefloor ready bangers, it's a grandiose statement of intent.

90
AllMusic

At first, it's hard to know what to make of all the fromage, but Random Access Memories reveals itself as the kind of grand, album rock statement that listeners of the '70s and '80s would have spent weeks or months dissecting and absorbing

89
Northern Transmissions

The album ... is a simple reminder of the things that we like about Daft Punk, it’s the perfect album for your late night disco musings, and robotic love making.

88
Pitchfork

.. something that channels the past but sounds like little else right now, an album about rediscovery that's situated in the constantly-shifting present.

85
Under The Radar

Random Access Memories contains plenty of evidence that the band is still creatively fertile and capable of moments of mind-bending brilliance. 

83
A.V. Club

The album is nonetheless an entrancing and endlessly entertaining musical experience, a fun collection that can soundtrack a great party from start to finish, but also rewards the focused listener with a collage of fascinating quirks.

80
FACT Magazine

As long as you’re prepared to accept that it’s a Hollywood production inspired more by Steely Dan and California highways than Cajmere and French basements, then Random Access Memories is a treat.

80
Spin

If Daft Punk's Random Access Memories sounds like a new Broadway musical, that's because it might as well be.

80
Consequence of Sound

Random Access Memories proves that Daft Punk remain masters of their domain, who defend their array of superlatives because of, rather than in spite of, unconventional sound choices.

80
PopMatters

It’s never just a pastiche or going retro for retro’s sake: they’re utilising methods of the past to create something new true to their own vision.

80
Resident Advisor

Once Random Access Memories unravels, it is, at its best, pretty magnificent.

80
No Ripcord

What Daft Punk have done on Random Access Memories could be seen as a methodically curated, musical museum of the future, rather than a conservatory for experimental collaboration.

80
The 405

It's immediate, but it's challenging; it's instant, but it's a grower; how it manages to be all these things at once is, quite frankly, beyond me

80
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.

80
Rolling Stone

This is Daft Punk conjuring the musical era that first inspired them, when disco conquered the world with handcrafted grooves and prog-rock excess magnified emotions in black-lit bedrooms.

80
FasterLouder

Random Access Memories is too intimate to be the late night dancefloor banger some might’ve expected. Instead it’s the sensual conversation on the velvet sofa in a dimly-lit room.

80
Billboard

"Random Access Memories" is a messy album, filled with passages that can be trimmed and one or two too many plodding songs. But it's also fantastic to hear these masterminds trying again.

80
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.

80
NOW Magazine

Both a musical history lesson and a capital-P pop album, it eschews bedroom knob-twiddling for live instrumentation and warm, expansive analog production that pushes their obsession with ELO-style soft rock through their roboticized retro-futuristic filter.

80
God Is in the TV

While it may breathe much-needed fresh life into modern dance music, it still has its flaws like most other albums. It’s often brilliant and is worthy of high praise but it’s not perfect.

80
The Independent

It’s an exciting journey, and one that, for all its musical twists and turns, has its feet planted on the dancefloor.

70
The Fly

The more prosaic truth is that ‘Random Access Memories’ is an enjoyable – if sometimes screamingly overwrought -return

70
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, with only one way out: up.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

As soon as one lets go of his or her expectations and preconceived notions, Random Access Memories begins to reveal its own merits as a well-produced, enjoyable piece of musical pastiche.

70
Sputnikmusic

Over time it seems likely that Random Access Memories will stand as a logical evolvement of Thomas and Guy-Manuel’s sound, and a fairly rewarding listen for those looking for more of what sets Daft Punk apart from the crowd.

70
Slant Magazine

RAM is an album that ultimately comes off having more respect for its spiritual predecessors than its listeners. Daft Punk aren't necessarily presuming the mantle of pioneers so much as they're using an LP to pay tribute to the roster of people they consider to have earned the designation. 

62
Paste

There’s plenty of disco with both soul and a brain. Random Access Memories has both, but it really makes too big a fuss of how long it took to arrive at that realization.

60
musicOMH

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.

60
Time Out London

The move away from the dancefloor is telling. ‘Random Access Memories’ is far more cinematic in its scope than you’d expect, as though parts of it aren’t meant to be engaged with at all, merely absorbed from a comfy seat.

60
Clash

This set is too malformed to detain an attention like ‘Homework’ could. Lifelong fans will need more grit, more edge to cling to than what’s offered here.

Oct 8, 2013
SeenYourVideo
88
Its a bold move when you make an incredible shift in style and sound, which is what Daft Punk have done, and not in the steps of 'Lil Wayne. Instead they create a brave, fun and energetic selection of songs with lively production and dashing vocoder skills. One of the year's best, no doubt.
May 28, 2013
FinalLifeline
97
After a few years in an abyss on a faraway planet, Daft Punk have finally returned to Earth. The recording is vivid, the production is exquisite, and the thrills are, well, thrilling to say the least. From the 80's glam smash of "Give Life Back to Music", to the weeping vocoders of "The Game of Love" and "Within", and the indie-dance bangers "Get Lucky" and "Instant Crush", this is definitely one to keep around. Take note: this is how to ... read more
May 13, 2013
mikeisnowonfire
85
An album that is both a wink to the past and a source of inspiration to music producers today to encourage innovation in both past and present. This is a musician's album. It is well-crafted from top to bottom.

I think the only people who could be disappointed with this album are those who are seeking a pure dance album. What we are left with as a beautiful homage to music old and new, past, present and future. And it is beautiful.
Dec 31, 2013
joewindlebrox
97
Daft Punk's mission: give life back to music. Their mission was a huge success. By looking back to thematic disco of the 70s they've concocted an insanely catchy album. Get Lucky and Lose Yourself To Dance have been played to the point of annoyance but in tracks such as Instant Crush, Fragments of Time, Doin It Right and the epic Touch the album shows just how special and important it is in the modern days where soulless EDM has taken over.
May 23, 2013*
Caffro
86
Overall a really solid album that had too much hype behind it. Loved some of these tracks including Fragments of Time and, of course, Doin' It Right. However, there were some tracks on here that I didn't care for. The narration on Giorgio by Moroder was unnecessary. Within is slow and boring. Nothing offended me on this album though.

Update:
Been really digging this thing lately, I've come to appreciate Giorgio by Moroder for it's driving instrumental. Within is a slow but rather beautiful ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 11 - A.V. Club
# 1 - Amazon
# 7 - BBC Radio 6 Music
# 7 - Billboard
# 37 - Bleep
# 45 - Complex
# 38 - Consequence of Sound
# 6 - eMusic
# 5 - FasterLouder
# 27 - Gigwise
# 8 - MAGNET
# 2 - MOJO
# 7 - musicOMH
# 6 - NME
# 5 - No Ripcord
# 13 - Obscure Sound
# 15 - Paste
# 23 - Piegons & Planes
# 7 - Pitchfork
# 7 - PopMatters
# 12 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 4 - Q Magazine
# 16 - Resident Advisor
# 3 - Rolling Stone
# 66 - Rough Trade
# 19 - Spin
# 9 - Stereogum
# 13 - The Daily Beast
# 3 - The Guardian
# 32 - The Needle Drop
# 13 - Uncut
# 8 - Under the Radar
# 39 - Urban Outfitters
Track List
  1. Give Life Back to Music (featuring Nile Rodgers)
  2. The Game of Love
  3. Giorgio by Moroder (featuring Giorgio Moroder)
  4. Within (featuring Chilly Gonzales)
  5. Instant Crush (featuring Julian Casablancas)
  6. Lose Yourself to Dance (featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers)
  7. Touch (featuring Paul Williams)
  8. Get Lucky (featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers)
  9. Beyond
  10. Motherhood
  11. Fragments of Time (featuring Todd Edwards)
  12. Doin’ It Right (featuring Panda Bear)
  13. Contact (featuring DJ Falcon)


Added on: March 23, 2013