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Album Review

Daft Punk, 'Tron: Legacy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack'

December 13, 2010

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Those who go into Daft Punk’s soundtrack for “Tron: Legacy’’ expecting their usual dance floor fare will be as disappointed as those going into “Tron: Legacy’’ in search of a romantic comedy. This is a film score — complete with soaring orchestral arrangements and explorations of requisite emotional themes that rarely break the three-minute mark. The French duo of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter have always fostered a charming obscurantism — their faces shielded by helmets, their voices coded in robotic tones — but here, as lavish and sweeping as the music gets, and as deftly as their analog doodads intermingle with Joseph Trapanese’s lush orchestrations, it’s easy to forget Daft Punk is there beneath all of its Hollywood score tropes. The crusty thump of “Derezzed’’ is a brief reminder of who’s behind the boards, but it’s over faster than a ride on a light cycle and “Solar Sailer’’ lays urgent synth pulses over radiant strings and twinkling arpeggiators. But for all of its familiar traces, this soundtrack offers little more than 22 pleasant teasers to distract die-hards until the duo undergo a proper reboot. (Out now)

MICHAEL BRODEUR

ESSENTIAL “Solar Sailer’’