Discovery

Daft Punk - Discovery
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2001 Ratings: #66 / 182
User Score
2001 Ratings: #7
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

Deserting the shrieking acid house hysteria of their early work, the album moves in the same smooth filtered disco circles as the European dance smashes that were co-produced by DP's Thomas Bangalter during the group's long interim.

90
NME
Call it pop. Call it art. Call it retro-cheese neo-fusion with a side order of emperor's new arse. But play this orgasmically great record until your brain implodes with joy. That's what it's there for.
80
Spin
It feels like a concept album -in this case, the story of how wine-flow disco circumnavigated intellectual pretentions on all sides en route to a temporary utopia that may finally believe in nothing but the boogie but still has the infinite on its mind every minute.
80
musicOMH

To say that the album is flawless would be something of a misstep, but even when Discovery flounders, it never ceases to provide an intriguing and far-reaching sonic vision unmatched by anything that’s come before it.

75
Entertainment Weekly
The Parisian duo return to claim their DJ-booth throne with a retro-techno-suite positing Switched-on Bach and Van Halen guitar solos as the new apex of club-culture chic.
64
Pitchfork
Prog and disco have never openly begged for their own hybrid, but the genres' newborn Frankenbaby is alive, whether we like it or not. Still, this beast, however grotesque, is relatively harmless-- rather than running amok in the village and snapping the necks of civilians, it only wants to "celebrate and dance so free, one more time." Just don't let it sing.
60
Drowned in Sound

Yes zey drive you up zee wall, yes zey sound like Kraftwerk covering Barry Manilow through a vocoder…but for zees little time, at zees point in time zey sound good.

60
Rolling Stone

The first five songs are the work of a real band, Daft Punk, whoever the hell they are ... As for the rest, it grows anonymous, and not in the artful way that Daft Punk used to capitalize on.

60
NOW Magazine
In their initial doses, these sounds are impressive enough, but for all their conceptual smarts, the French duo seem content to simply rework the same ideas over and over again on record without really pushing them further out. A great EP masquerading as a full album.
40
The Guardian

Most of Discovery probably sounded like a good idea at the time, but there's not much point in having ideas if they don't work. At worst, Discovery is less a record than a hypothesis. At best - like a lot of other records these days - it just sounds like Daft Punk's first album.

BradTasteMusic
85
Score from 42 to 85...

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I am fucking idiot
Lavalot
90
Wait a minute...

Veridis Quo
Ve-ri-dis-quo
Very disco
Disco very
Discovery

Discovery: It's very disco, and very great
Doublez
92
Baguette et béret – essai n°5

By breaking down language barriers, the French-speaking duo not only knew how to break down borders, they ended up setting the name Daft Punk in stone. While the announcement of their separation sounded like a nuclear explosion, the famous robots were already inescapable but this last chapter even allowed them to make them known to younger listeners. I think that it will be 30/40 years before the children ask their parents or grandparents, ... read more
TomBejoy
97
The impossible has happened, my favorite robotic couple has split up indefinitely.

Warning: This review is definitely not too musically deep or anything, but it's a humble attempt at capturing the emotion behind their split-up. Do feel free to criticize my points and analogies if you'd like to. It was my fight or flight response to the end of their iconic brand of music to make a review, not garner clout from this moment of despair.

Minimalist club penchants for the soul. There's something ... read more
Scre4meh
87
Before reviewing this amazing body of work, i'd like to thank a lot of people that have been supporting me recently and that i deeply respect as my homies. Thanks to @TomBejoy, @Cry, @eliiscool4 (sorry if i botched that), @Chode, @DoubleZ, @Stal, @Nightwing_714 (also most likely botched,but still shout out to the greatest raccon) @reedybdeedy, @ParthanyJobtano, @nicoperagine, @Docky, @cakenator, @August, @BGL13 and many others that i might've forgotten to put in here. Thanks for 900!!! Also, ... read more
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Track List

  1. One More Time
  2. Aerodynamic
  3. Digital Love
  4. Harder Better Faster Stronger
  5. Crescendolls
  6. Nightvision
  7. Superhereos
  8. High Life
  9. Something About Us
  10. Voyager
  11. Veridis Quo
  12. Short Circuit
  13. Face To Face
  14. Too Long

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