Friday, April 19, 2013

Daft Punk: Human After All

Here we go, folks: Daft Punk have finally unleashed the full version of their new single Get Lucky. After the 5-second tease, the 15-second preview, the 90-second Coachella video, a couple of fan-made remixes, several dozen fakes and a ridiculous hour-long loop, this is the big reveal. The moment of majesty. The day music changed forever. The second coming of Christ. The best thing since sliced bread. The second best thing since Krispy Kremes. Or, rather, the unveiling of the Wizard behind the curtain.

Because, after two months of breathless hype, Get Lucky is only ok.

It starts so well. The legendary guitar chops of Chic's Nile Rodgers promise four minutes of undiluted disco hedonism. But a loop is a loop is a loop - and Get Lucky never builds or deviates from those supple opening bars. And the less said about Pharrell's lifeless vocals the better. Did someone forget to inflate him?

Admittedly, if Thomas and Guy turned up at Glastonbury with Nile Rodgers and their cyborg helmets and played this song, the Pyramid Stage would probably blast off. But on record, sterile and dated, it sounds like a belated and unnecessary tribute to Modjo's Lady (Hear Me Tonight).

Tellingly, the best bit of Get Lucky is the moment the vocoder kicks in and Daft Punk reconnect with their cold, dead, robot souls. And they must have known it all along - because that was the same section they snipped out for the song's very first TV teaser eight weeks ago. If only they'd listened to their instincts.

Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams - Get Lucky (Radio Edit)

Get Lucky is out on iTunes today.

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