Discovery – Daft Punk (2001)

Verdict – 8.5

If the French house duo’s first album, Homework, helped revitalise dance music, then their sophomore effort defined it. In Discovery, we have the feel-good album of the decade, with an eclectic mix of disco and house to serve as a backdrop for any montage of good times. If this album doesn’t get the heart pumping and the blood flowing, you’re probably dead.

In the opener, we also have the album’s best track, One More Time. It is quite hard to come across someone nowadays who has yet to hear this song, and it remains as one of dance music’s defining achievements. In Digital Love, we have a song about unspoken love which includes a stunning solo made by a mixture of elements with the aid of music sequencers. Followed by that in the album, is probably their anthem. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. A unique take on society and our consumerism, suggesting we always want for a superior product, and that “hour after (h)our work is never over!”

A tribute to the times you would like a song simply because you liked the song, when music was fun and lively. Not judging by whether it was cool, but rather by how joyous it made you feel. The duo tap into their youth, the innocence of their thoughts, their unbiased opinions to throw their listeners back into the 70’s. It is hard to compare Discovery against other albums over the decade as it really is in a league of its own, and for what it was trying to achieve, we have one of the best albums of the decade.

Top Tracks – One More Time. Digital Love. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.


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