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Homework

Daft Punk

1997

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Homework
Album Summary

Homework is the debut studio album by the French electronic music duo Daft Punk, released on 20 January 1997 by Virgin Records and Soma Quality Recordings. It was later released in the United States on 25 March 1997. As the duo's first project on a major label, they produced the album's tracks without plans to release them, but after initially considering releasing them as separate singles, they considered the material good enough for an album. Homework's success brought worldwide attention to French house music. The album charted in 14 countries, peaking at number 3 on the French Albums Chart, number 150 on the United States Billboard 200 and at number 8 on the UK Albums Chart. "Da Funk" and "Around the World" became U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play number-one singles, the latter of which reached number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100. By February 2001, the album had sold more than two million copies worldwide and received several gold and platinum certifications. The album is widely hailed as a classic of the French house genre and a significant influence on subsequent dance music.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

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Sat Feb 13 2021
1

If I wanted to hear the same bullshit on repeat for an hour I’d speak to my wife

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

The sound is good but it’s so fucking repetitive. The sound is good but it’s so fucking repetitive. The sound is good but it’s so fucking repetitive. The sound is good but it’s so fucking repetitive. The sound is good but it’s so fucking repetitive. The sound is good but it’s so fucking repetitive. The sound is good but it’s so fucking repetitive. The sound is good but it’s so fucking repetitive. If I hear the phrase “around the world” uttered one more fuckin time. I’m gonna jump off a bridge.

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Sat Feb 06 2021
1

This "album" was a medley of singles that each half of the duo was working on before deciding they might as well paste them together with transitions (because that's all an album is any ways, right? A mass of sounds that doesn't share any themes or connecting threads pasted together with little vision?). Beyond the lack of any obvious theme in the music (which I suppose I could overlook) is the length. Holy fuck, why are all these songs so long? Is the point to make me want to stop listening before it's over? Is this performance art? "Around the World", "Rollin' & Scratchin'", "Rock'n Roll", and "Burnin'" account for just under 30 minutes. Despite this combined length, they do not even make up half of this album (sitting at 74 minutes). Who needed this? Who asked for this? I want answers because I want to know whose name I should be cursing as I doze off to sleep trying desperately to forget this album. There's some funny joke to be made about "Teachers", a song that pays tribute to their musical heroes while managing to be bad music. I certainly don't have the energy to make it after being bombarded by seventy. four. fucking. minutes. of these repetitive noises. Not all of it's bad, although even the good comes with bad. The first three minutes or so of "Revolution 909" is catchy and interesting (but it overstays its welcome). The first half of "Indo Silver Club" is a real ear worm (but it overstays its welcome). "Alive", although admittedly not as good as the previous two songs, is pretty good for the first little bit (but it overstays its welcome). I guess both Daft Punk and I were wrong, there seems to be at least one theme that combines much of this album, its desperate need for an editor or any form of quality control. The only songs I found good all the way through were "Daftendirekt", "Da Funk", and "Fresh". However, my favorite song is "WDPK 83.7 FM" just because it is the only song on the album whose length I won't have nightmares about.

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Sat Sep 04 2021
1

If Joel Schumacher would have continued making campy Batman movies, one of Batman's villain's (probably Egg Head or King Tut) would play songs from this album to make all of Gotham City go insane. This is the perfect album to listen to when you desperately want to get a headache.

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Tue Sep 15 2020
4

Didn't realize the criticism around this album was so divided. Oh well. Still like Daft Punk and this is a great demonstration of their early style. The noisier tracks tend to get flak, but I was happy to hear them as it was a side of the band I was unfamiliar with. The length is certainly a bit much, but it's dance music after all.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
2

“The duo's essential, career-defining insight is that the problem with disco the first time around was not that it was stupid but that it was not stupid enough."

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Fri May 26 2023
4

In recent years I've really come around on Homework: great debut, great songs, great duo. You can tell they were looking to make a dance record here, it's way more suited for those euro parties they were playing at back in the 90's. THAT BEING SAID, I think this is the wrong Daft Punk album for the list. Discovery feels like it tops Homework as a full album experience with more purposeful songs. Also, sadly, Homework is too long. Regardless, Daft Punk are basically the gods of french house music: a subgenre of house that focused heavily on funk and disco grooves that were sampled for many of Daft Punk's songs. If we want to get into specifics, Da Funk and Around the World would be their breakout hits on this album, both of which bring different things to the table. The songs in between are worth listening to as a study on french house music (except maybe Rock'n Roll?). This is probably Daft Punk's most abrasive record at times so hunker down for that. Otherwise I think it's excellent.

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Tue Jul 18 2023
5

No other album can match the hype I got when generating this one. You see, Daft Punk is me and my friend’s favorite artist. Not my specific favorite, but ours as a group (or duo, since it’s just one friend). ‘Revolution 909’, ‘Da Funk’, ‘Around The World’, ‘Burnin’’ and ‘Indo Silver Club’ are all straight bangers and no one can tell me otherwise. ‘Rollin’ And Scratchin’’ and ‘Rock’n Roll’ just go off the rails. ‘High Fidelity’ would look absolutely hilarious with a lyrics sheet (that’s not really something to specifically praise the album for but still). My one gripe with its inclusion is that it was picked over Discovery. I mean, personally, I think they should have three: this, Discovery, and Random Access Memories. However, if you’re only going to pick one, I would go with the second of the three. Homework is amazing, but it sounds like an artist still in the formative stages; for example, ‘Around The World’ is the only song where the vocals feel fully formed. Anyway this album slaps bye

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Wed Apr 26 2023
3

i get why this album is important i don't hate it but i don't love it, probably won't listen to it again

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

Oh fuck yea. Absolutely flawless. And from 97?! Yes please

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

This was actually my first ever listen-to of a Daft Punk album (which is coincidental, due to being picked on the announcement of their breakup) but this friggin album came out when i was 10 years old! what can i say about it though, it got me moving throughout the entire album, and outside of the iconic songs ("Da Funk", "Around the World") there were some bangers on there like "Fresh" and "Indo Silver Club"

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Mon Nov 01 2021
5

This is more like a 4.7 out of 5 but I'll round up. Not at Discovery levels yet but as a debut album this is up there with some of the best of all time. Da Funk is amazing song that I can listen to at any time and it's one of a few like that here.

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Mon Aug 07 2023
5

So funky, music that makes it hard to sit still while you listen.

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Tue Aug 01 2023
4

I haven’t heard this one before. Definitely my top electronic album found on this list so far. Really enjoyable. I see other people’s reviews complaining that it’s repetitive. Well, isn’t that the point? At the same time the duo manages to put some ear catching noises that grab your attention throughout each track. One more thing - now I feel like I understand Yeezus better, some of the sounds are exactly the same. Favourite tracks: Rock n Roll, Rollin and Scratchin. I’m giving it a 4.5, rounded down to 4 because yeah it is a bit too long but it may grow on me up to 5.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
3

Que ce fut long et dur de venir à bout de cet album... J'ai d'ailleurs dû m'y reprendre à six fois pour y arriver. Ce n'est pas une surprise, Robert Dimery choisit en général le deuxième pire album de chaque artiste pour l'intégrer à sa liste des 1001 ; ce fut une fois encore le cas avec Homework. J'ai à ce propos envoyé un message à Robert qui ne devrait plus tarder à me répondre.

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Mon Dec 11 2023
5

Love daft punk, this is a great album, with some great songs and a great flow. but I’d rank discovery and even random access memory’s over it. But they are not on the list, so like queens of the Stone Age, I’m going to give this album the full 5 stars on the basis of Daft Punk have a number of albums deserving of this list that have missed out. Ranking on this album below id give it 4 stars.

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Sat Aug 14 2021
3

This is hard one to rate just listening back, since this is kind of made to be played in a club/dance party situation. It is pretty straight-forward house with some acid/techno at times. At 1997 this was a big deal though, it's just kind of self-aware dumb dance fun that I'd love at a club but listening at home is hit or miss. Some tracks are definitely better than others. Compared to today's EDM/IDM scene this is very barebones production/embellishments which I can admire. It's a 3 for home listening and as an "album", apparently they never intended this to be an album but rather a bunch of singles. Also this was likely intended to be multiple vinyls so it's not even designed to be listened all the way through I don't think, but rather mixed in and out of a DJ's set. Since this is "1001 Albums" I will have to give it a 3, but in different circumstances it'd be a 4.

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Thu Jul 27 2023
3

It was good but repetitive. I would have enjoyed it more in the right environment.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
2

Ooh, look at me, I'm a french robot with a shiny metal helmet and I make repetitive tippy tappy plinky plonky noises that go round and round for 74 minutes without any progression, theme or meaning. Je ne impressed pas. Rating: 1.5/5 Playlist track: Da Funk Date listened: 23/09/22

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Wed May 26 2021
5

Love it! Besides the hits, Rollin & Scratchin was nice

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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Daftendirekt, Da funk, Around the world, High fidelity

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Sat May 27 2023
5

One of my favourite albums. It came out at a perfect time, I was just about to go travelling when Da Funk was released, it soundtracked the drive to the airport. A few weeks later I was able to hear them play a DJ set/perform at the New York Club Twilo to launch this album. Not just fantastic music but a lot of strong memories attached

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

I thought this was pretty good and there aren't that many lyrics which makes it nice work music aside from that "Around the World" song which I think is what they used to brainwash operatives during the Cold War.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

Obviously a few classics on this album, but maybe a lack of quality control on 2 or 3 later tracks stop this from being a masterpiece.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
4

Not many French House artists can make me tap my toes like Daft Punk. Really well executed and has aged really, really well. A joy to listen to.

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Mon Jul 24 2023
4

4.5 stars but a weird grade because Alive 2007 is my favorite live album and there needs to be some differentiation. If that album didn’t exist then this would be 5 stars.

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Tue Aug 01 2023
4

Not the best Daft Punk album but really good nonetheless

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Daftendirekt, Da Funk and Fresh are pretty great tracks. Teachers and Around the World are quite good. Burnin is big bad. Rollin & Scratching and Rock N Roll are some of the worst tracks I have heard in my life, absolutely ear-raping sirenes, horrible. Overall score: 6/10.

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Sun May 01 2022
3

This was my first Daft Punk album back in the day and I thought it was SO AWESOME. This is back when it was the only one. I still love me some DP, but they grew a lot over the years and this album has aged TERRIBLY. A lot of it is headache inducing. Still, I appreciate its importance and I remember how it once made me feel.

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Mon Jul 31 2023
3

Certified bangers on here. Always loved me some daft punk. My only real issue is this is damn near a 90 minute record. Some trimming might have helped the flow but if this is 100% your jam it's good for you. More like 80% my jam 3*

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Tue Feb 13 2024
3

I was expecting a little more variety within each song. Daft Punk are touted as “the” electronic club duo, so inevitably there would be an explosion of creativity throughout the album. The problem is, it’s a pretty long album (74 minutes), and with some tracks lasting more than 7 minutes, the one-chord, one-bar, one-idea repetition can get a little stale. Still, I thought it worked excellently as “empowerment” music. The lengthiness and repetitiveness of many of the tracks made me feel productive, like I needed to do things and do them now! Aw yeah!! The electronic instrumentation - primarily synth-based - is honestly really cool-sounding for its time. With more solid song structures and less perpetuity, this album could easily be a 4/5 or higher. Key tracks: Indo Silver Club, Rock’n Roll, Around the World, Da Funk

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Mon Mar 25 2024
3

I like most of this… Kind of feel like it’s a Composer/conductor Just picking and putting them together as he/she feels so moved… Not like it’s gonna be on the heavy rotation, but I’ll listen to some of this in the future.

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Sat Sep 25 2021
2

First Listen. Each song is so repetitive it is like listening to the same 10 seconds over and over again. 2/5 Standouts: Around the World, Da Funk

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Thu Mar 03 2022
2

This isn't an album of songs. If you go into it expecting that, you're going to be disappointed. I sure was. The (very) few songs that incorporated something resembling a melody line simply took four bars of a hook and repeated it ad nauseam. See "Da Funk" for reference. What it IS, though, is a masterclass on how to build a beat. These tracks are layered and complex and fine tuned to a precision edge. It is the ultimate loop record for DJs to create mashups with. I have a good buddy who was an acclaimed mashup artist (until he got sick of fielding cease & desist orders and takedown requests). He used the hell out of these beats to great affect. Unfortunately, the tracks don't stand on their own and a whole record of them is exhausting to listen to.

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Mon Mar 25 2024
2

So before I listen to an album, I usually read the Top 20 or so reviews to get a flavor of what I’m likely in for… I typically see a mix of 4’s, 5’s, and 1’s – which is fascinating in and of itself… When I checked out the reviews for Daft Punk’s “Homework” album, the top review was from someone who had typed “Around The World” about 200 times… That was it – that was his/her review, and I was like WFT??? Anyway, after giving the album a listen – which is really nothing more than interesting club beats, that are probably set to the perfect “beats-per-minute” pace that Ecstasy-loving clubbers prefer, I was still perplexed about that review about half-way in… Then – there it was, Track #7 “Around The World”, and after about a minute of the song, I busted out laughing out loud while working in my yard… Jesus, Mary, & Joseph – why even bother with lyrics if that’s what you’re going to do with them… Anyway, I hope that review remains the top review for years to come, and as for the album – just a collection of random club beats – with some being better than others, but it’s kinda hard to listen to 73-minutes of club beats, during the day – while NOT indulging in any sort of mind-altering substances… Only redeeming factor for me was the track “Alive”, as that one had by far more potential than any of the others… For what it was – it was well-done, so can’t give it a 1, so a reluctant 2 is what we’ll go with… Around The World, Around The World, Around The World… : ) Too funny!!!

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Sat May 08 2021
1

After years of trying to understand Daft Punk, I decided today that I just don't get it. The "repeat the same measure 64 times while a single note drones in the background, then repeat with a slight variation" genre needs to die. Best track: Funk Ad

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Mon Mar 07 2022
1

“Mom! Listen to what my Casio keyboard can do!!”

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Fri Feb 19 2021
5

slobberknocker of a genre mixup girded by house music. perfect debut. fav track: around the world

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

100Gecs before 100Gecs was a thing.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
5

Ouvi extensivamente esses dias porque Daft Punk is no more.

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Thu May 13 2021
5

Chopped full of bangers. I’m not big into this kinda music but my god I was really enjoying this one!

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Tue Aug 03 2021
5

Wie oft habe ich die seinerzeit durchgehört? 'Revolution 909‘ macht mir immer noch Gänsehaut. Dachte zunächst, die sei nicht so gut gealtert, aber Quatsch, volle 5.

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Sat Aug 14 2021
5

My favorite electronic dance album of all time. Listened to alot of electronic music from this era but most of it was more IDM headphone music. This is extremely danceable while managing to keep it moving in such a way so as to keep it interesting throughout. Remember riding a bus across town to go buy this at a store in a strip mall as a lad. More memories of playing this at impromptu dance parties at college in the dorms. Holds up.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
5

Daft Punk are one of the GOATs. This album is straight bangers.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

Begin van een nieuwe stijl, heel gaaf

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Sat Dec 04 2021
5

Classic house album. Love it, 5 stars.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

Daft Punk's debut album is an instant classic and essential listening for fans of all genres.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

Amazing. I'm a bit biased, being a fan of Daft Punk, but strong album through and through.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
5

All time classic French house album. So many bangers.

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Sun Feb 06 2022
5

Bom demais. Vontade de usar drogas e ir pra uma rave

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Sat Feb 12 2022
5

Awesome. Just a fun electronic album. Daft Punk are one of a kind.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

Great album very funky first time listening to a true retro funk album

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

Legendary album full of bangers. Only feels dated because it's such an iconic album of an era. A bit long for listening straight through, but doesn't really get stale while doing so and it can be broken into songs easy. Yeah, it doesn't take much to understand why they rose to such extraordinary heights as a group.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
5

15th April 2022 Listened across the weekend while in LA! Jen gone back to the UK on Saturday, we got in and out, beach on Sunday. Just amazing. Unique, out of this world, fusses funk and electro.

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Tue May 03 2022
5

A mix of French house, techno and house but with tunes catchier than the clap from a Parisian lady of the night. Sounds just as good listening to this by yourself as it does in a club. Fucking great. Best Tracks: Da Funk; Around The World; Alive

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Sat Jun 18 2022
5

Daft Punk is partially why I'm doing this whole thing.In the wake of their retirement I realized that I didn't like much EDM aside from them and was hoping to maybe find something similar and other albums and artists along the way. Anyway, this is probably a 4 on the enjoyability scale for me. Discovery is my go to. This is still really cool and Daft Punk gets the 5 because I say so

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Thu Jun 30 2022
5

OOOOOOOOOOOOOO. This is an album I have loved for so many years. They took the world by storm and laid the foundation for the electronica explosion that was to come. Around The World has the best video.

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Sun Jul 03 2022
5

I'm a simple person, I see French Disco Robots, I give a 5.

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

While "Discovery" is definitely the more consistent album (and understandably most people's favorite Daft Punk album) this album just has much higher high points for me, and puts you in a trance for an hour. If you don't like that, I'm honestly sorry for you!

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

Discovery will keep the #1 place for my Daft punk albums but the music style is already present in this album.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

Every track is a banger. Hard to believe this is 25 years old and to remember that this was pretty revolutionary when it came out. The video for revolution 909 is still one of my favourites.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

Still a gem. Loved it when it was first released, still great.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Makes the whole house shake and bump. A monster of a record. A glorious release, full of the potential in techno, full of memorable tracks and major builds.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

Love it! Great beat, great bass, not too repetitive. It's daft, punk!

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

During my first listen the songs initially felt a bit too repetitive, but I started getting more into it when Around the World kicked in, and of course the Indo Silver Club is probably still my favourite Daft Punk track. With the second listen I was into it from the start and enjoyed it throughout. A love letter to techno/house/disco.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

My least favourite Daft Punk album, but still 5 stars of course. (Or so I thought, afterwards listened to Discovery - this time liked Homework better.)

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

one of the most important albums ever made, its influence heard around the world, it still sounds fresh to this day, 25 years later. the textures and the shape of the music, the mastery of the synthesizer and dance music, its all so addicting — daft punk were truly so ahead of their time, they are missed. hopefully we can get a reunion tour at some point.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
5

5 stars - very formative album for me as a preteen/teen

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

Why haven’t I listened to this before?!

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Sat Nov 26 2022
5

Zašto ja ovo prije nisam u cijelosti poslušao?

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Mon Dec 12 2022
5

Amazing besides around the world but won’t take away the five

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Mon Dec 12 2022
5

Not my favorite Daft Punk album but still earns its stars.

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Mon Jan 09 2023
5

Loved it, I can see why they became iconic. Album saved!!

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Wed Feb 08 2023
5

9/10 - Great album, bit strange at points but it is always made up for

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