Discovery

~ Release group by Daft Punk

Annotation

The release of Discovery included the Daft Card to access the Daft Club. The Daft Club was a web service that featured some extra digital tracks (mainly remixes) to be downloaded. Now, the service is closed, and these tracks are available on the release Daft Club.

Annotation last modified on 2011-08-10 18:57 .

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Discovery CD 14 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 8496062 724384960629
Discovery CD 14 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) VJCP-68283 4988006788367
Discovery CD 14 Daft Life Limited CDVXX 2940 724354278228
Discovery CD 14 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) CDVX2940 724381008829
Discovery CD 14 Virgin Records America (DO NOT USE! please refer to either “Virgin” or “Virgin America”) 7243 8 49606 2 9 724384960629
Discovery 2×12" Vinyl 7 + 7 Virgin France S.A. (not for release label use!) VIR 8496061 724384960612
Discovery CD 14 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) CDV2940 724384960605
Discovery 2×12" Vinyl 7 + 7 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 8496061, V2940 724384960612
Discovery CD 14 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 7243 8100172 1, 8100172 724381001721
ディスカバリ / Discovery (Forever Young Campaign) CD 14 Parlophone WPCR-80083 4943674164011
Discovery CD 14 Parlophone 496066-PRL2 724384960629

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Aerodynamic
Digital Love
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
One More Time
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000119560 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/26647 [info]
Wikidata: Q1901313 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Discovery (Daft Punk album) [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Daft_Punk:Discovery_(2001) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/daft_punk/discovery/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/jh3n [info]

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French duo, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter had first burst upon the dance world in 1995 with their hit "Da Funk" – a tasty homage to Chicago Techno with a typically Gallic twist. The attendant album, Homework *proved to be more of the same. So, four years later it came as some surprise when *Discovery arrived; chock-full of, well...disco pop. Luckily it was even better.

Morphing (like the power rangers they resembled) into gleaming house robots for their publicity shots, the techno twins had spent the hiatus crafting something at once nostalgic and futuristic – stating that Discovery was their attempt to summon up the innocence of a child's approach to music (ie: a ten-year old had no snobbery about the dreaded word 'disco' – cleverly contained in the title). To do this they blended a selection of late 70s and early 80s tunes (George Duke, Sister Sledge, Barry Manilow etc.) with wonderfully retro vocoder-style effects and some metallic guitars. The formula worked like a dream and even made them household names in the States.

The key element to Discovery is fun. From the opening smash "One More Time" (featuring New York new-garage legend, Romanthony, on vocals) to fifth track, "Crescendolls", the album's a rollercoaster ride of cheese and choons. Second hit, "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" is a masterpiece of relentless synth splurge, like Kraftwerk in kindergarden while "Digital Love" is simply gorgeous pop. Only the needlessly ambient "Nightvision" slows the pace. The second half's a more mixed bag (you do grow slightly weary of the tinny-AM-radio-into-monster-floor-filler trick that virtually every track uses), though still dotted with gems such as the penultimate "Face To Face".

The final icing on the cake was the cinematic tranformation of the album into the soundtrack for the charming *Interstella 5555 *– Daft Punk's tribute to anime director and hero, Leiji Matsumoto (who produced the film). The blend of children's TV sensibility and glistening house made perfect sense, and the band have never bettered its coherence of vision or joyful playfulness. Daft, maybe, but for a while the world was a brighter place for it.