Human After All is the most underrated Daft Punk album to date. This album did not receive as much fanfare or acclaim as their 2001 album, Discovery, did. Fans slept on this release. That is because fans did not like how Daft Punk changed their style on this album. However every time Daft Punk tries something new, they succeed. This album leans more towards an electronic rock edge than just solely using and incorporating elements of electronic music only as was the case with their Daft Club album. This album uses more of an electronic rock edge and sound in other words. Songs such as Human After All, The Prime Time of Your Life, and Robot Rock are prime examples. There are some songs on this album that are considered to be annoying to some people. But that is to be expected since this is an electronic album. It is amazing how Daft Punk can bring out so much meaning in songs with little to no lyrics. They do that a lot on this album.
The opener Human After All has that electronic rock edge due to the number of filters used, guitar, keyboards, and layers of electro synths. However the song can get annoying very quickly but that is to be expected since this is an electronic album. This song is quite overlooked despite being the title track and opener for the album.
The Prime Time of Your Life is more distorted sounding than a majority of their other songs. Industrial noise meets grunge on The Prime Time of Your Life. Daft Punk seemed to have been influenced by the grunge sub-genre when recording and arranging The Prime Time of Your Life. The sad thing is that appreciate the grunginess of this song. It’s amazing how Daft Punk can bring out so much meaning in songs with little to no lyrics.
The song is/was in a way a metaphor of life. Notice how the song programmed and sequenced. The song starts off very slowly then slowly builds up, The build ups represent the different stages of life through sound and music. The slow beat at the beginning represents the infancy stage. Those beginning lyrics represent the adolescence stage and quickly transition into adulthood. Then the increasing heartbeat represents the elderly stage and proceeds forward to death stage.
Robot Rock was a single that used and incorporated elements of electronic music and rock music thus creating an awesome fusion of electronic rock. Notice the heavy hitting kick drums, ultra loud rock guitar, and electronic synths. That is how Robot Rock has an electronic rock edge.
Steam Machine is a harder edge of grunge than The Prime Time of Your Life did. The song is climatic and rhythmic. The climatic atmosphere from that aggressive steam machine is what makes this Daft Punk so wonderful. Not to mention spacey. This is by far the grungiest mosh pit song Daft Punk has ever made.
Make Love is definitely one of Daft Punk’s most underrated songs. Make Love is one of the more eternal heartbreaking songs in their discography. It’s amazing how Daft Punk can bring out so much meaning in songs with little to no lyrics. This song is more melodic and lo-fi than all of the other songs on this album.
Daft Punk flips the script on fans by switching back to that distorted industrial noise sound mixed with grunge on The Brainwasher. Loud distorted industrial sounds from this song will make you jump out of your seat. This is a perfect song to use during a boss battle in a video game. This is another one of Daft Punk’s most underrated songs.
Television Rules The Nation leans more towards the electronic sound that Daft Punk is internationally well known for. The robotic voice is what makes this Daft Punk so harmonizing and futuristic. Also that guitar is freaking awesome. Notice how the guitar is used through a reduced treble filter.
Now some of you Daft Punk fans out there thought the lyrics to this song were “Television, Hallucination”. However that is not the case. The actual lyrics to this song are “Television. Rules the nation/Television rules the nation”. Again, it is amazing how Daft Punk can bring out so much meaning in songs with little to no lyrics. They do that a lot on this album.
Technologic is one of their quirky yet repetitive and annoying songs out of their discography. Although this song is annoying, the repetitive annoying nature is what made this song a success not just among Daft Punk fans but on the international charts for Billboard.
Emotions serves as the closer for the Human After All album. This song serves as a testament to French house music. There are not a lot of songs out there that are as touching as this particular Daft Punk song. This is another word-based masterpiece from Daft Punk.
I rate this album 4/5****!