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French house isn't just a geographical classification, it's a stylistic category -- a distinction that's the result of Daft Punk's 1997 debut, Homework, a woolly slice of wiggly disco-house and cheeky analog-techno that basically defined the style. Selling more than 2 million copies worldwide, Homework introduced sonic quirks --


French house isn't just a geographical classification, it's a stylistic category -- a distinction that's the result of Daft Punk's 1997 debut, Homework, a woolly slice of wiggly disco-house and cheeky analog-techno that basically defined the style. Selling more than 2 million copies worldwide, Homework introduced sonic quirks -- clipped funk loops, extreme frequency filters, vocoder vocal snippets, goofy repeated chants -- that have become standard operating practice in the world of DJ music, from Cher to Bob Sinclar. Their long-awaited sophomore release, Discovery, picks up where Homework left off. There's plenty of cyborg vocals and banging disco-house, but there are some new wrinkles in the Daft Punk sound. In general, the Parisian pair (Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo) display a newfound eclecticism that looks beyond the dance floor for kicks. Here, they tackle '80s-synth pop ("Digital Love"), Air-ish downtempo ("Nightvision"), and electro-jazz fusion ("Short Circuit"), alongside their legendary disco-house floor-fillers ("Too Long," the kickin' single "One More Time"). And they've dispensed with the raw, lo-fi experimental sound of Homework in favor of an über-slick production ethic that is totally '80s -- the new age-padded chords, crispy drum sounds, and frilly keyboard wiggles conjure the same vibe as the Reagan-era funk of Prince and Michael Jackson. It's a joyous, irresistible, and over-the-top sound that's destined to be an international nightclub smash in 2001 -- even if it sometimes sounds like 1981.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Four long years after their debut, Homework, Daft Punk returned with a second full-length, also packed with excellent productions and many of the obligatory nods to the duo's favorite stylistic speed bumps of the 1970s and '80s. Discovery is by no means the same record, though. 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 ("Music Sounds Better with You" and "Gym Tonic") that were co-produced by DP's Thomas Bangalter during the group's long interim. If Homework was Daft Punk's Chicago house record, this is definitely the New York garage edition, with co-productions and vocals from Romanthony and Todd Edwards, two of the brightest figures based in New Jersey's fertile garage scene. Also in common with classic East Coast dance and '80s R&B, Discovery surprisingly focuses on songwriting and concise productions, though the pair's visions of bucolic pop on "Digital Love" and "Something About Us" are delivered by an androgynous, vocoderized frontman singing trite (though rather endearing) love lyrics. "One More Time," the irresistible album opener and first single, takes Bangalter's "Music Sounds Better with You" as a blueprint, blending sampled horns with some retro bass thump and the gorgeous, extroverted vocals of Romanthony going round and round with apparently endless tweakings. Though "Aerodynamic" and "Superheroes" have a bit of the driving acid minimalism associated with Homework, here Daft Punk is more taken with the glammier, poppier sound of Eurodisco and late R&B. Abusing their pitch-bend and vocoder effects as though they were going out of style (about 15 years too late, come to think of it), the duo loops nearly everything they can get their sequencers on -- divas, vocoders, synth-guitars, electric piano -- and conjures a sound worthy of bygone electro-pop technicians from Giorgio Moroder to Todd Rundgren to Steve Miller. Daft Punk are such stellar, meticulous producers that they make any sound work, even superficially dated ones like spastic early-'80s electro/R&B ("Short Circuit") or faux-orchestral synthesizer baroque ("Veridis Quo"). The only crime here is burying the highlight of the entire LP near the end. "Face to Face," a track with garage wunderkind Todd Edwards, twists his trademarked split-second samples and fully fragmented vision of garage into a dance-pop hit that could've easily stormed the charts in 1987. Daft Punk even manage a sense of humor about their own work, closing with a ten-minute track aptly titled "Too Long."
Rolling Stone - Ben Ratliff
Daft Punk's new single, "One More Time," is... a piece of super-religion with an invincible beat and a nailed-to-the-wall vocal by house singer Romanthony. It is stamina itself, an anthem to "keep on dancing" that's already a huge hit in the clubs and on the radio. All those knowing listeners who bought Homework and signed on for the pair's rascally, nudge-wink grooves now have to figure out what part of "One More Time" is for them. Is there a subversive part of "One More Time"? If so, where does it begin? In its sheer perfection, is my best guess. This is the moment when the indie sensibility implodes before our eyes: when prank-pulling weirdoes, young Frenchmen who hire Spike Jonze to put dog-people in their videos, try to make honest-to-god hits.
Spin Magazine - Joshua Clover
"8"...Discovery's opening is so obliteratingly great it seems the world might be put permanently on hold. Fuck all tomorrow's parties; the sequence swears tonight's never ending....No record this side of Sign "O" the Times or Nevermind could hold such a place.
Billboard - Michael Paoletta
An early contender for the year's best dance/pop album.

Product Details

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Parlophone (Wea)


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Daft Punk   Primary Artist,Vocals
Romanthony   Vocals
Todd Edwards   Vocals

Technical Credits

Barry Manilow   Composer
George Duke   Composer
Edwin Birdsong   Composer
Marty Panzer   Composer
Daft Punk   Producer,Illustrations
Romanthony   Producer
Daniel Vangarde   Art Direction,Concept
Simon Scott   Art Direction,Concept
Todd Edwards   Producer
Thomas Bangalter   Composer,Producer,Art Direction,Concept
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo   Composer,Producer,Art Direction,Concept
Carlos Sosa   Composer
A. Moore   Composer
Kumiko Izumiya   Artwork,Logo Design
A-Lex   Art Direction,Concept
Tonya Gardner   Engineer
Gildas Loaëc   Art Direction,Concept
Alexandre Courtès   Logo Design
Pedro Winter   Art Direction,Concept

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Discovery 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
TeamProfessor More than 1 year ago
Daft Punk's Discovery album is the best album i've ever heard. If you buy the CD, the cover shown above is NOT the cover you will receive. I recommend that you guys watch INTERSTELLA 5555 because it is an animation paired with this album. If you buy this CD you will not regret it. One More Time is my favorite song, I believe that it could bring world peace and Something About Us is so depressing I cry every time I hear it! 
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think I spelled it right. Well, thats my all-time favorite song. Too bad not many people know about this band. My favorite album, next to any Beatles albums! :-D
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite CD. Aerodynamic and Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger are the coolest songs! Daft Punk is awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Must have!! Dont miss this
Guest More than 1 year ago
Daft Punk made Homework and now Discovery! Their GREAT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Discovery by Daft Punk is a fantastic cd! A must have, even if your not into House, Techno, or Dance, check it out! It's GREAT fun to listen to and keeps you smiling. If you haven't seen any of the video's yet try to to as soon as you can they're BRILLIANT all the way from the hit One More Time, through Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are few times when an album is a defining moment for multiple genres, "Discovery" is one of those albums. So much more than a club album, Discovery tries as hard as it can to be a masterpiece, which it accomplishes. from the deep, introspective, and spacey beat of "Voyager" to the Arena Rock Vibe of Aerodynamic, to the gentle, passionate lulluby that is "Something about us" this album doesn't skip a beat. Daft Punk can make anything a masterpiece, whether it be a snippet of an old disco song, or a simple melody, when Daft Punk does it, tey do it well. Like Moby, you hear every imstrument, every genre, and it doesn't go all over the place. This album is one that will be played for a big chunk of time. It truly is the masterpiece it thinks it is. And for the record, yes, it IS better than homework. Homework has boring parts, discovery doesn't
Guest More than 1 year ago
i like this kind of music, in my country we listen a lot of electronic music they have diferents sounds like tempo, and acid house i would like some day they come to Guatemala
SoundandFury More than 1 year ago
Daft Punk is a group that can create and manipulate textures so easily and craftily, and this album fully displays their talents. Each song is unique, dynamic, and totally danceable. The beats are contagious, and many of the songs will easily stick in one's head for a prolonged period of time. Though it is not chronologically first in Daft Punk's discography, I would definitely recommend this as an introduction to their music, as it is accessible but never cliche.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These guys are awsum! I loved Homework, and this one is top notch! I love their videos!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Is there anything these two frenchmen can't do? Four years ago, they gave us the little slice of house heaven called Homework, now they have Discovery, a gem of a CD that gives Daft fans cause to trust long delays again. From hard disco funk (Harder, Better Faster Stronger) to looped fiesta craze (Cresendolls) to ambient movie score-type (Nightvision), Daft Punk does not disappoint. If you ahven't got it yet. Now is the time!
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I haven't even heard the whole track and I already love it. 'One More Time' is the best in digital/techno to come out in a long, long time and I LOVE IT! You've got to get this one:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
As Matt mentioned above this is an outstanding album. It becomes even MORE outstanding when one realizes that Daft Punk took the music from this album and had animation commissioned for it to create a full length story under another name (see below). The animation explains who the characters on the cover of this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
hey i thought and think daft punk did such a great have to buy it!and their videos for the first four songs on the album are so creative!youll just like them! digital love is the best song!
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