Daft Punk – R3C0NF1GUR3D Daft Punk – R3C0NF1GUR3D

Daft Punk - R3C0NF1GUR3D

Daft Punk - R3C0NF1GUR3D

Despite the cries of critics, I thought Daft Punk’s Tron Legacy OST was alright. In fact, during a time when that album was on constant rotation and seamlessly fit into every aspect of my life, I even gave it an above average rating. Christmas that year was nothing but Daft Punk’s interpretation of a film score which resembled glowing LED lights on black glass. Come to think of it, it was really rad. The Tron Legacy OST was greeted to a wave of disappointment as Daft Punk fans felt the score came nowhere near meeting expectations of a world filled with bass pumping electro-house. This disappointment also mirrored the film’s standing as it pinwheeled backwards into mixed reviews.  Honestly, I fail to see how female latex body suits, flashy special effects and killer Frisbees failed to be entertaining. 

The Spring of 2011 marks the release of Tron: Legacy on DVD/ Blue Ray, the potential announcement of a third installment and the release of R3C0NF1GUR3D. The French duo enter into the post-release remix game commissioning a dozen high rolling electronic producers to reconstruct the film’s soundtrack. What is presented is not only fun and exciting but if used for the original score, would’ve have been the coolest film ever made.

The Crystal Method, Moby, The Glitch Mob, Paul Okenfold, and M83 are just some of the large crowd drawing names which come with great fanfare and varying levels of quality.  The spread of R3C0NF1GUR3D encompasses a large section of electronic music potentially offering something for everyone. Whether or not that succeeded is entirely up to the producer.  One of the largest complaints about Daft Puink’s original score was its tameness and reliance on a classical template with few instances of elctro-flare. R3C0NF1GUR3D apologizes for this misguidance and offers the detractors 77 minutes of mind melting (and mindless) electronic dance music.

The first half of  R3C0NF1GUR3D is packed dense with its fine submissions by the Glitch Mob, Paul Okenfold and the mysterious yet intoxicating Teddybear’s take on "Adagio for TRON.". The second half suffers from lack of recognition, but is not short on quality.  Com Truise’s retro future spin on "Encom 2" and the sugary 16 bit melodies of Avicii’s "Derazzed" more than make it worth the visit. 

R3C0NF1GUR3D overcompensates the weakness of  its predecessor by whitewashing any emotional component and spray-painting neon slogans over it. There are no intellectual moments in  R3C0NF1GUR3D, rather the steady drive of a light cycle and the whirl of a killer Frisbee.  This album is great, so was the last one, as well as the movie — I don’t know what everyone’s fucking problem is.

Daft Punk’s R3C0NF1GUR3D tracklist:

The Glitch Mob – “Derezzed”
M83 VS Big Black Delta – “Fall”
The Crystal Method – “The Grid”
Teddybears – “Adagio for Tron”
Ki:Theory – “The Son of Flynn”
Paul Oakenfold – “C.L.U.”
Moby – “The Son of Flynn”
Boys Noize – “End Of Line”
(Boys Noize Remix)Kaskade – “Rinzler”
Com Truise – “Encom Part II”
Photek – “End of Line”
The Japanese Popstars – “Arena”
Avicii – “Derezzed”

Daft Punk - R3C0NF1GUR3D, reviewed by Kaptain Carbon on 2011-05-06T14:55:39-07:00 rating 3.5 out of 5

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