Why it rocks: That jittery guitar riff, for starters. Pharrell’s smooth voice, for seconds. And that unbeatable chorus, for the win. One night I returned to my apartment late, and there were some drunk guys sitting on their balcony in the building next to mine, yelling out, “We’re up all night to get lucky!” as if it were a rallying cry. As soon as DP’s trademark auto-tuned voices pop in near the 2:30 mark, it sounds as if everyone should be staying up, waiting to see what happens. That sense that anything could happen lingers even when the song’s over.
If you like this…: Don’t listen to Daft Punk’s older albums. It sounds nothing like them. But as far as similar music, go listen to “Feel Good Inc.” by Gorillaz or, appropriately, “Daft Punk Is Playing at My House” by LCD Soundsystem.
How’s the album?: So-so. I’ve never been the biggest Daft Punk fan, but I’ve always enjoyed their singles. Random Access Memories is mostly filler, with some occasional flashes of greatness, like “Get Lucky”, “Lose Yourself to Dance”, and “Doin’ It Right”, the last of which happens to feature indie darling Panda Bear. I like the album’s scope and ambition, but its willingness to submit to every whim of its creators too often falls flat. Too long and mellow for my taste.