BN.com Gift Guide

Random Access Memories

( 2 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Random Access Memories is the fourth studio album from French electronic dance duo Daft Punk. The highly anticipated return of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Hoemm-Christo sees them collaborate with some legendary musical names. Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Williams, Todd Edwards, and many more contribute to an intrinsic and retro-influenced record that heralds another fascinating chapter in the group's influential history. ~ Aneet Nijjar
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
When Daft Punk announced they were releasing a new album eight years after 2005's Human After All, fans were starved for new material. The Tron: Legacy score indulged the ...
See more details below
CD
$11.39
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$11.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (8) from $3.30   
  • New (6) from $5.22   
  • Used (2) from $3.30   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Random Access Memories is the fourth studio album from French electronic dance duo Daft Punk. The highly anticipated return of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Hoemm-Christo sees them collaborate with some legendary musical names. Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Williams, Todd Edwards, and many more contribute to an intrinsic and retro-influenced record that heralds another fascinating chapter in the group's influential history. ~ Aneet Nijjar
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
When Daft Punk announced they were releasing a new album eight years after 2005's Human After All, fans were starved for new material. The Tron: Legacy score indulged the seminal dance duo's sci-fi fantasies but didn't offer much in the way of catchy songs, so when Random Access Memories' extensive publicity campaign featured tantalizing clips of a new single, "Get Lucky," their fan base exploded. But when the album finally arrived, that hugely hyped single was buried far down its track list, emphasizing that most of these songs are very much not like "Get Lucky" -- or a lot of the pair's previous music, at least on the surface. The album isn't much like 2010s EDM, either. Instead, Daft Punk separate themselves from most contemporary electronic music and how it's made, enlisting some of their biggest influences to help them get the sounds they needed without samples. On Homework's "Teachers," they reverently name-checked a massive list of musicians and producers; here, they place themselves on equal footing with disco masterminds Giorgio Moroder and Nile Rodgers, referring to them as "collaborators." That could be self-aggrandizing, yet it's also strangely humble when they take a back seat to their co-stars, especially on one of RAM's definitive moments, "Giorgio by Moroder," where the producer shares his thoughts on making music with wild guitar and synth solos trailing behind him. Elsewhere, Daft Punk nod to their symbiotic relationship with indie on the lovely "Doin' It Right," which makes the most of Panda Bear's boyish vocals, and on the Julian Casablancas cameo "Instant Crush," which is only slightly more electronic than the Strokes' Comedown Machine. And of course, Pharrell Williams is the avatar of their dancefloor mastery on the sweaty disco of "Lose Yourself to Dance" as well as "Get Lucky," which is so suave that it couldn't help but be an instant classic, albeit a somewhat nostalgic one. Indeed, "memories" is the album's keyword: Daft Punk celebrate the late '70s and early '80s with lavish homages like "Give Life Back to Music" -- one of several terrific showcases for Rodgers -- and the spot-on soft rock of the Todd Edwards collaboration "Fragments of Time." More importantly, Random Access Memories taps into the wonder and excitement in that era's music. A particularly brilliant example is "Touch," where singer/songwriter Paul Williams conflates his work in Phantom of the Paradise and The Muppet Movie in the song's mystique, charm, and fragile yet unabashed emotions. Often, there's an almost gooey quality to the album; Daft Punk have never shied away from "uncool" influences or sentimentality, and both are on full display here. 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 -- the ambition of Steely Dan, Alan Parsons, and Pink Floyd are as vital to the album as any of the duo's collaborators. For the casual Daft Punk fan, this album might be harder to love than "Get Lucky" hinted; it might be too nostalgic, too overblown, a shirking of the group's duty to rescue dance music from the Young Turks who cropped up in their absence. But Random Access Memories is also Daft Punk's most personal work, and richly rewarding for listeners willing to spend time with it.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2013
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 888837168625
  • Catalog Number: 371686
  • Sales rank: 4,226

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Give Life Back To Music (4:35)
  2. 2 The Game of Love (5:22)
  3. 3 Giorgio By Moroder (9:04)
  4. 4 Within (3:48)
  5. 5 Instant Crush - Julian Casablancas (5:37)
  6. 6 Lose Yourself To Dance - Pharrell Williams (5:53)
  7. 7 Touch - Paul Williams (8:18)
  8. 8 Get Lucky - Pharrell Williams (6:09)
  9. 9 Beyond (4:50)
  10. 10 Motherboard (5:41)
  11. 11 Fragments of Time - Todd Edwards (4:39)
  12. 12 Doin' It Right - Panda Bear (4:11)
  13. 13 Contact (6:23)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daft Punk Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Omar Hakim Percussion, Drums, Musician
Marty Krystall Clarinet
Nile Rodgers Guitar, Musician
Giorgio Moroder Vocals
Gene Cipriano Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Mark Converse Percussion
Earl Dumler Oboe
Nathan East Bass, Musician
James Genus Bass, Musician
Gary Grant Trumpet
Greg Huckins Flute
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar, Musician
Angie Jaree Conductor
Roland Kato Viola
Brian Kilgore Percussion
Greg Leisz Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Musician
Charles Loper Trombone
Warren Luening Trumpet
Bob McChesney Trombone
Larry McGuire Trumpet
Charlie Morillas Trombone
Cynthia Moussas Violin
John "J.R." Robinson Drums, Musician
Harry Shirinian Viola
Miwako Watanabe Violin
Paul Williams Vocals
Margaret Wooten Violin
Christina Soule Cello
Drew Dembowski Bass
Assa Dori Violin, Concert Master
Todd Edwards Vocals
Lisa Sutton Violin
Thomas Bangalter Musician
Thomas Bloch Musician, Ondes Martenot, Cristal Bachet
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo Musician
Steve Kajala Flute
Johana Krejci Violin
Calabria McChesney Violin
Andrew Picken Viola
Rafael Rishik Violin
Pharrell Williams Vocals
Irina Voloshina Violin
Andrew Martin Trombone
Olivia Tsui Violin
Jody Rubin Viola
Timothy Loo Cello
Julian Casablancas Guitar, Vocals, Musician
Chris Caswell Keyboards, Musician
Carolyn Riley Viola
Sara Perkins Violin
Stephanie O'Keefe French Horn
Lisa Dondlinger Violin
Songa Lee Violin
Rodney Wirtz Viola
Audrey Solomon Violin
Neel Hammond Violin
Panda Bear Vocals
Craig Gosnell Bass Trombone
Danielle Ondarza French Horn
Jessica Rotter Choir, Chorus
Judith Farmer Bassoon
Joel Pargman Violin
Alma Fernandez Viola
Justin Hageman French Horn
Nina Evtuhov Violin
Rita Weber Violin
James Atkinson French Horn
Armen Ksajikian Cello
Donald Ferrone Bass
Charles Berghofer Bass
Douglas Walter Conductor
Ray Tischer Viola
Sam Fischer Violin
Paula Hochalter Cello
Mariah Britt Choir, Chorus
Joshua Britt Choir, Chorus
Jeffrey Gunn Choir, Chorus
Charles Findley Trumpet
Mary Sloan Violin
Sara Andon Flute
Chilly Gonzales Piano, Keyboards, Soloist, Musician
Kevin Connolly Violin
Victor Pineschi Choir, Chorus
Carrie Kennedy Violin
Chelsea T. Diblasi Choir, Chorus
Alycia Grant Choir, Chorus
Alissa M. Crenshaw Choir, Chorus
Alexandra Gunn Choir, Chorus
Shirley Koesnadi Choir, Chorus
Nathan Campebll French Horn
Emma S. Gunn Choir, Chorus
Elaina S. Crenshaw Choir, Chorus
Vanessa F. Smith Cello
Technical Credits
Mick Guzauski Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Todd Edwards Producer
Thomas Bangalter Arranger, Producer, Art Direction, Concept
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo Arranger, Producer, Art Direction, Concept
Alana Da Fonseca Engineer
DJ Falcon Producer
Julian Casablancas Producer
Chris Caswell Arranger, Orchestration
Paul Hahn Art Direction, Concept, Management
Daniel Lerner Engineer
Cédric Hervet Art Direction, Concept, Cover Art
Peter Franco Engineer
Warren Fu Art Direction, Concept, Illustrations, Cover Art
Gm De Homem Christo Composer
Jason "Gonzales" Charles Beck Composer
Phil Joly Engineer
Florian Lagatta Engineer
Gus Koven Sound Design
Guillaume Le Braz Engineer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Posted May 22, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Random Access Memory is Daft Punk album yet not a Daft Punk albu

    Random Access Memory is Daft Punk album yet not a Daft Punk album, in the since that they've somewhat abandoned their computerized dabblings; taking a trip back to the late 70's and 80's in style. It's a refreshing backward glance to the decades of simple rhythms and good old fashion musicianship. I thoroughly enjoyed this retro futuristic disc.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews