Tron: Legacy -- Original Soundtrack by Daft Punk * * *
Daft Punk have changed tack. Spectacularly. In comes a 90-piece orchestra to beef up their synth-heavy sound. "This is what Daft Punk would have done in 1700," says one half of the French electronic duo, Thomas Bangalter.
"We knew from the start that there was no way we were going to do this [soundtrack] with two synthesisers and a drum machine. A cello was there 400 years ago and will still be here in 400 years. But synthesisers that were invented 20 years ago will probably be gone in the next 20."
It's lofty talk from the Parisian, but the results aren't quite as stunning as he might have you believe. There's assuredness, that's for sure, but the duo's classical adventures are both hit and miss. They work best when taking a minimal approach -- the gentle, cello-led Adagio for Tron is as far from anything they've done before as you can possibly get -- but there are several occasions in which they succumb to the all-too-common 'big' Hollywood sound.
In places, they strip it all back to remind you of the pulsating dance-punk music they do so well, but that only serves to accentuate the unevenness of the album as a whole. It's one to admire, rather than love.
Burn it: Adagio for Tron