the first sample they premiered on SNL was sick, and then it just went downhill from there maybe 3 memorable songs on the album (Get Lucky, Doin' It Right, Contact) propelled Pharrell into the ultra-mainstream which then gave us Happy - make of that what you will
>>53818957 1. the whole album is sustained by a clumsy sense of nostalgia. 2. most of the songs are based on simple chord progressions that keep on repeat from the beginning to the end of the songs. 3. the robotic voices are incredibly sickening. 4. the songs are too slow for being considered disco. might it can be better appreciated if heard before going to sleep.
>>53819014 >no replay value at all haha no. where i am the whole album was played in full at every party and no one (but me) complained
i think its a very good album OP. it was hated here on /mu/ because it was overhyped and creatively a shift in direction for the group - more importantly, a shift toward mainstream appeal, and /mu/ can't enjoy something popular unless it's kanye
>>53819106 >2. most of the songs are based on simple chord progressions that keep on repeat from the beginning to the end of the songs. >3. the robotic voices are incredibly sickening. You do realize we're talking about Daft Punk, right?
>>53819126 >where i am the whole album was played in full at every party and no one (but me) complained vomitrocious- that's a symptom of people liking daft punk more as a concept than for their execution
i'd rather hear buyer's market at a party than touch
>>53819277 i wasnt the guy you were replying to but i digress album =/= single, many albums have spawned relatively successful singles, yet the albums they are found on are lackluster the single is good, the album as a whole doesn't reach the highs that an album like Discovery did
>HURR WE'RE GOING TO USE REAL MUSICIANS TO PUT THE MAGIC BACK INTO MUSIC >use musicians in exactly the same way as they would use a sampler except now actually with "write part of my song for me" functionality fucking idiots >>53819339 this is now correctamundo
>>53818957 I hate when people use this as their basis dismissing an album but it's my honest criticism of R.A.M.: I think the album is boring. I think Get Lucky and Doin' It Right are great songs, but the rest of the album sounds very bland and safe to me with hooks that I just don't care about. I get what they were going for with the album and appreciate the sentiment of disco-made-by-house musicians, but the songs just didn't feel particularly strong to me.
>>53819711 This. I don't really get what the appeal of Get Lucky is. It's just Pharrel crooning the same several lines over a jangly guitar for several minutes. It would be different if there was some unpredictable element that added variation or simply variation on the song itself but it feels too much like listening to the same chorus ad infinitum for comfort.
Beyond and Motherboard were the highlights of the album by far for me. I struggle to take any of you guys seriously when you don't even acknowledge the good tracks the album has going for it.
That said, there are a ton of flaws too. None of the track-long changes in direction the album had were good ideas imo. Touch, Fragments of time, and maybe even Instant Crush, Contact, and Giorgio left the album feeling pretty disjointed.
And I have no idea why people like the fucking incessant arps in Contact and Giorgio. Sure they're well crafted, and Giorgio has a nice chord progression behind it, but fuck were those things overplayed. 3+ minutes of the same heavy hitting arp is a poor excuse for song structure
>>53819980 None of them are exceptionally bad. The album is just a weird mix of grandiose fanfare, funk, innocuous soft rock, and plodding slow house music. It's alright but it has no cohesion and none of the directions they go are at all well explored, nor are the individual tracks good ambassadors for their genres. It's a good album, and I really like the spirit of the funk direction it seemed to inspire in pop music, but in a vacuum there isn't much there.
>>53819953 >You're not supposed to be focusing on the arpeggios the whole time The arpeggios are the only backbone those fucking crescendos have. I can tell they intended for those sections to be moving, but there's nothing interesting there to be moved by. The instrumental swells that fill the background are straight out of kitschy, plainly produced prog/power rock. It's awful. Not only is it derivative, but it's derivative of a genre that's already artistically impoverished enough as is.
It's basically everything that's good about "radio music" all rolled into one album. I truthfully don't give a shit about what genre it's considered, all i know is i'd rather listen to this than Discovery. In 2013, when Get Lucky was playing several times an hour on every radio station in the country over the summer, i couldn't complain. The guitar part in that song is one of those melodies that could go on for hours and i'd never get sick of it. Same thing that made a lot of krautrock songs that went on for what seemed like forever and used the same groove the whole time so irresistable.
I don't why people complained about songs "not going anywhere". If a melody is that good, i don't want it to "go anywhere".
>>53820657 >If a melody is that good, i don't want it to "go anywhere" That's a pretty fair aphorism when it comes to discofunk and dance music. The funk tunes on RAM are nice funk tunes, but the thing is that it's hard to go wrong with funk music. Nile Rodgers wrote and recorded his parts in a couple days. It's almost effortless for a person as experienced as him. Point being that the music itself is nothing worth being put on a pedestal, but I appreciate the pop culture movement this album gave steam to and the album itself on top of that isn't bad. Better than almost all the artists that breach top 40 can say.
I think it's half baked. I listen to Motherboard, which I adore and then listen to other tracks and think "did they use up all their creativity on one song?" They clearly know how to layer tracks and have them go in different directions, but the majority of RAM is so straight forward it's irritating, especially compared to other disco album that they were trying to emulate. Listen to Off The Wall and then Get Lucky and tell me they aren't missing 3 more instrument tracks.
I pray this is fodder for Alive 2017. It would make sense. Two one-word house albums and two three-word guitar albums used for their live shows.
All in all it felt like they short changed themselves by holding back.
>>53821132 Same guy here. I guess I've thought about this album a lot.
There is a potential for a lot of excellent tracks but they fall flat or self destruct. Giorgio is excellent until he begins to speak again and the crazy instrumental comes in. Had they allowed the listener to make it to Motherboard, we would have gotten the idea that you can fuck around with music. We didn't need to be told condescendingly; Daft Punk shoots themselves in the foot by forcing a tedious guitar solo to belabor a point instead of letting shine as that example.
Within continues their dumb obsession with tracks that transition into the next key change (nightvision)
Lose yourself to dance needed a bridge in the middle or something. You can copy+pase house music but on a R&B track it's just lazy.
Get Lucky stumbles awkwardly and loses it's momentum right before the vocoder comes in. It's painful.
I guess that's it. That being said the first two tracks are good, as is Beyond and Contact. (and Horizon.)
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