Todd Dominey

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Much of this record sounds to me like your average middle-aged wedding band playing lite disco and funk for the grown ups. Go back and listen to “Homework” for comparison. They tackled disco/funk then too, but with far better results.

I think a lot of the hype and positive reviews around this are reflective of people who are happy to receive something — anything — after waiting and waiting for new material. Daft Punk clearly wants to be taken more seriously as musicians — not just DJs pressing play atop a pyramid. Which is fine, but they could have done something that pushed the ball forward, not backward.

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May 14, 2013 on Daft Punk Random Access Memories Comment Party

Sigh. Agreed on the ‘over signing’ comment. Everything sounds forced and uncomfortable.

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January 31, 2013 on Depeche Mode – “Heaven”

Appears 4AD believes there’s hidden commercial potential there for Grimes and this track in particular and are attempting to give her a more defined visual style. Nothing wrong with that, but this video doesn’t help. Sometimes having no concept can feel like a concept, but in this case it feels rather thrown together.

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August 22, 2012 on Grimes – “Genesis” Video

Yeesh. This sounds rather uninspired.

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May 9, 2012 on Passion Pit – “Take A Walk”

If this is an outtake I’d love to hear what else ended up on Maus’ editing room floor. Can see why it wasn’t included — bit too uptempo and a bit out of sync with everything else. Nice track nonetheless. Very much looking forward to new Maus material.

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March 30, 2012 on John Maus – “No Title (Molly)”