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Album Review: Daft Punk - Tron Legacy


(Walt Disney Records)

Someone in Hollywood thought it would be a good idea if they got the band that dressed up like robots to score the soundtrack of a remake of TRON, a movie about the best technology 1982 had to offer. Robots and technology, get it? Had the French duo stayed true to their highly electronic sound, this could've been one of the most amazing soundtracks of all time.

However, while it is nearly impossible for Daft Punk to make a bad album, it seems not hard at all for them to make a disappointing one (think of the underwhelming Human After All in the wake of their masterpiece, Discovery). Tron Legacy finds the act crafting songs that sound like it might be from any sort of generic film--not even necessarily a sci-fi film--with a mostly orchestral feeling. There are times when the songs do sound futuristic, such as "The Grid" or "Derezzed." But these tracks are few in numbers, and even the best ones on this soundtrack only match up with some of the weakest material from Daft Punk's early work.

It may be a little unfair to criticize the Tron Legacy soundtrack for, well, being a movie soundtrack. But when you attach a name like Daft Punk to it, there is an expectation. It's great to see the act be able to craft this sort of departure from their pop electronic work, but it's not capturing them at their most innovative or interesting. This album feels like it could've been written and composed by any nameless or faceless composer. If this album didn't have the name of Tron or the ironically faceless masks of Daft Punk attached, would anyone even care? Would it even get a second listen? But then again, if it wasn't Daft Punk, would the standard be so high?

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