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Daft Punk's Discovery Is One Of The Best Cross-Over Albums Ever Released

I was recently sneaking around on the internet, trying to see if Daft Punk were planning any new releases or tours, and I came across several mixed reviews about their sophomore album, Discovery. Even if the album ranks among the best releases of the 2000s, I was quite surprised that it was not warmly welcomed when it was initially released in 2001. Indeed, it's a bit weird when one of your favourite records is described as 'repetitive, dull, tasteless'. But, then I remembered that I had also needed some time to come around to the French duo's music. When I was 12 or 13 maybe, two of my cousins were listening to a tape that included a lot of tracks from Daft Punk's Homework. My parents, unsurprisingly, didn’t understand this music (imagine your parents dancing to “Rollin' & Scratchin'”) - but, at the time I didn’t either. When you're not yet a teenager, you don't really know what a club is, so trying to understand the spirit of rave parties really makes no sense. While my parents don’t like to hear it, Homework received rave reviews and became a defining record not only for the French Touch, but also for the dance music as a whole. Because of this achievement, the pressure and expectations for their second record were sky high, which is probably the reason why the French duo decided to do something quite different with Discovery – When the first single of Discovery, “One More Time”, hit the stores in 2001, I was 15. Some studies say that the music you discover while you're building your own identity and discovering your sexuality will always remain your favourite. I totally agree with that; most of my favourite albums were released at that time. Coming with a brand new sound, “One More Time” became one of their most successful singles, even if some of their initial fans were a bit dubious. Don't tell my parents, but I knew what a club was at that time, and “One More Time” was always the climax of the party.

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May 08, 2019

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