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Musique, Vol. 1: 1993-2005 Best of
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Daft Punk quickly rose to acclaim in 1993 by adapting a love for first-wave acid house and techno to their younger roots in pop, indie rock, and hip-hop. The combined talents of DJs Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter as Daft Punk have been responsible for the most memorable and genre-defying house hits of the last decade. Musique Vol 1 1993-2005 offers for the first time their collected singles and several rare remixes. Virgin. 2006.
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For all the backlash 'Human After All' gets it's not by any means terrible, but just simply not as good as Homework and Discovery. However, the sound of a dwindling fanbase must've been deafening to the record label. So the time was right to release this 'best of' compilation in order to reel in new fans since the "old" ones probably have gone off to greener pastures ( i.e. LCD Soundsystem). We get introduced to a lost classic from the earliest stage of the band, Musique, a b-side to the first single 'Da Funk' and a pleasant surprise to those who haven't heard it. The next batch of songs are very familiar to fans and somewhat to fairweather fans, now my only gripe is something I noticed others have had a similar complaint about, and that is "why isn't Digital Love and Aerodynamic included?". Now those two tracks were singles and to me the fact that those are not there takes away one star from this rating. Since you want to give novices a chance to get the "best of" of a band, you must put in the "best tracks", makes sense right? I would've taken out Human After All and Something About Us, basically because the quality of the previous tracks outweigh these. A nice addition is the inclusion of three remixes from the Daft Club release, good choices too. Overall, you have pretty much the meat and potatoes of an excellent group that deserves better recognition and this proves why.
Heavy emphasis is placed on debut album Homework with six song selections, whereas the other two albums--and the remix section at the end of the album--receive only three spots each. But Homework was probably their most beloved and memorable album, even if Discovery had the pop hits (two of which, "Aerodynamic" and "Digital Love," are oddly missing). The remixes at the end, particularly "Mothership Reconnection," are okay but somewhat forgettable.
Word for the wise: Daft Punk gotten where they are off of 5+ minute, repetitive house music. So for the dance music lover, this is a must-have greatest hits package. Just know what you're getting into. If you simply like a couple of the popular songs on here and don't really do dance music much, giving the album an entire listen may be boring if not impossible. But for the rest of us, this should keep our batteries charged long after the humans are in bed.