Daft Punk’s albums are the musical equivalent of a White Christmas: they very rarely occur, but when they do, they are truly something.
Five and a half years have passed since Daft Punk’s last album Human After All, and I was so eager to get my hands on their latest release that the word ‘Soundtrack’ didn’t really register. And so it is that my wait for their next album continues. For as enjoyable as this is, Tron Legacy, OST, is definitely not Daft Punk as we’ve ever heard therm before. There are flashes of their signature dance stylings here, most notably on End of The Line and Derezzed, but orchestral music rules the roost, even if it is interspersed quite ingeniously on occasion with electronica. With the film yet to be released in England, it’s impossible to comment on how the soundtrack works alongside the visual, but even just from listening, one gets a feel for the moods created, and drama, emotion, panic, and excitement are each displayed expertly over the course of its 58 minutes.
Tron Legacy is a wonderful listening experience, even if it does just supply us with mood music rather than anything truly inspirational. What it certainly does achieve, however, is to show us how Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, the men behind the robot masks, have plenty more depth to their composition and production than we may previously have thought. And they may just have given the world its first ever authentic classical/ dance music hybrid. Félicitations Monsieurs.