Daft Punk, ‘Random Access Memories’


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At just over 45 minutes, 2005’s “Human After All” was Daft Punk’s shortest album. Its also the only one not to have gone gold. Perhaps in response, the 75-minute “Random Access Memories” is the French electronic act’s longest yet. There’s definitely an epic heft to it, aided by a deep, varied bench of guest talent, from Pharrell Williams (on the rubbery snap-funk of “Get Lucky,” burning up pop radio as you read this) and the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas, to disco kingpins Nile Rodgers and Giorgio Moroder, to Muppets songsmith and ’70s curio Paul Williams, whose soft croak imparts a frail sincerity to “Touch.”

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