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Idealism [CD]

DigitalismAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 19, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000N87X4U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Magnets
2. Zdarlight
3. I want I want
4. Idealism
5. Digitalism in Cairo
6. Departure from Cairo
7. Pogo
8. Moonlight
9. Anything new
10. The pulse
11. Home zone
12. Apollo-Gize final mix
13. Jupiter approach
14. Jupiter room
15. Echos

Editorial Reviews

15-track debut album. Digitalism's debut album 'Idealism' is already one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year. Although it's still early days, the Hamburg-based duo have three EPs under their belt (released on the Franco-Japanese label Kitsun‚, and featuring "Zdarlight", one of last year's hottest club anthems) plus several critically acclaimed remixes (of tunes by Depeche Mode, Klaxons and Daft Punk, among others). Digitalism has built itself a solid reputation and stands ready to ride the new electro wave currently breaking over dance floors worldwide (sparked by Justice, Does It Offend You Yeah?, MSTRKRFT, Simian...). Digitalism's own, ever-evolving gig set-up is becoming less like a porta-studio on stage, and more like a band set-up incuding live vocals and drums. This side of the band is set to grow even more this year. There has not been an electronic act with the potential to cross over on such a scale since the Chemical Brothers. It's been a long wait! EMI. 2007.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this! January 18, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Personally, techno has to be really great in order for me to buy it. After seeing Digitalism's video for 'Pogo' I was hooked right away. The catchy song is impossible to get out of your head. Looking for good beats? Check out the album's first track 'magnets'. The beats pulse in your vanes, driving you to dance. I highly recommend this to any dance/techno fan.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible May 19, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I'm glad I found Digitalism. It's definitely a more upbeat party-type of electronic music, and I absolutely love it. If you like Daft Punk you'll totally love this. I'm trying to figure out for myself if I actually like it more...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Addictivism February 12, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Yeah, I know that isn't a word, but I have German duo Digitalism and their album Idealism in front of me, so I thought I'd just add another -ism to fit in. Anyway, this album is pretty solid.

I don't know why, but when I first heard the name Digitalism, I thought it referred to an underground rapper. At any rate, there are nice danceable tracks like "Jupiter Room", "Zdarlight" (good luck trying to pronounce that) and "The Pulse". And while the cut-up sample of the Cure's "Fire in Cairo" for "Digitalism in Cairo" seems a little lazy, its counterpart "Departure from Cairo" fares much better.

I didn't really care for the opening track "Magnets" either. While I think it's too soon to compare Digitalism to Daft Punk, Idealism is still ideal for fans of house music.

Anthony Rupert
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth listening to December 6, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I think this CD is great. Sure, some songs are not that good, but some like magnets, anything new, the pulse and echoes are really worth the while. I like the acid electro-punk side those songs have.

I'm definitely keeping an eye on this group.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brace yourself.. you'll want to bounce to this January 8, 2008
By Electro
Format:Audio CD
With their debut album Idealism, Digitalism has already crafted a fun and catchy electronic sound with plenty of entertaining beats and delightfully noisy synthesizers reminiscent of the sound pioneered by Daft Punk, and later continued by bands such as Justice. Unlike these other bands, however, Digitalism has a number of tunes on their album featuring non-computerized vocals which often are featured overtop of more disco-oriented beats that are just as danceable and enjoyable as the instrumental pieces. Many of the tunes are playful with fuzzy electronic rhythm sequences and a simple beat to back them, making for an addicting sound which provides for plenty of memorable tracks. Among my favorites were the brief but funky jam "Home Zone", the mystic, eerie track "Jupiter Room", and "Zdarlight" (though I prefer the shorter version). In my opinion, this album has very few flaws and I would rate it four and a half stars. The only improvement I might hope to see in this band as I continue to listen to their future releases is that their style may modify just slightly enough to distinguish their sound even further from their probable Daft Punk influences, yet while keeping their tunes as catchy as ever. I would be interested to see what direction they could take to build even further uniqueness; for me that would only add to their appeal.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's a fun album June 23, 2010
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I have to admit, when I first heard Digitalism, I thought they sounded an awful lot like Daft Punk, but I wondered why they were using the same lead singer. I did some research and found out they were an indie, German, electro-garage band duo called Digitalism.

There is a slight difference in style between the two. Whereas Daft Punk is more hip hop/r&b/indie rock and pop, Digitalism is hard rock/indie combined with electro. Digitalism uses a live drummer for all their tracks combined with electronic samples. Digitalism uses a lead singer more than Daft Punk (who sometimes features guest vocalists on their album.

Although the album tracks were a bit hit-n-miss, the ones that were fun, were really enjoyable. I loved were "I Want, I want", "Pogo" and a few others. I know some have rated "Anything New" as "crap", but it's one of my favorite tracks on the album. It's opening was a killer rock/electron opening with an addictive hook.

I know that it won't be everyone's cup of tea, but there are really good tracks on this album that are great.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There is dance rock; this is Rock dance September 6, 2007
By J. Heeb
Format:Audio CD
80's new wave and rock have obviously left their stamp on these adorable geeks with delicious gadgets and instruments. I saw them at Coachella and their live shows live up to the great awe of their music. Much like the great French electric duos such as Daft Punk and the new Justice, Digitalism makes heavy/industrial influenced music (probably inspired by legendary artists like Dieselboy, Venetian Snares, VNV Nation) happy, fun, and full of awesomeness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best workout album December 2, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Firstly, a few words on my general tastes: Nick Drake, Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, Elbow are a few names to give you a general idea. So this is not a review from a fan of electronic music.
But I needed something to work out to that was often wordless. Idealism by Digitalism, along with Sound of Silver by LCD Soundsystem, have been the two mainstays for working out. Digitalism is especially great. I've tried out Daft Punk, Justice, MSTRKRFT, as those seem like the most suggested groups for Digitalism fans, but none of them are on the level of idealism. This is a five star not on a pure musical level, but for its ability to push me every time I work out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I keep seeing words like "emotionless" thrown around in the lower-star reviews but I think that they're missing the point. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Eric Kobelt
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album, so much
This is one of my favorite albums of all time. Because of how detailed each track's compositions are, and how well they mesh together the different sounds/genres in each track. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jonathan
4.0 out of 5 stars Digitalism - Idealism
Rough around the edges, but stronger for it, Digitalism's debut IDEALISM treads after Daft Punk with eager steps. Read more
Published on May 17, 2011 by scoundrel
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs Emotion
Its not the album is bad, it just lacks that of what five star albums seem to have. I think the track echos gave the album potential (that's in fact the song that made me buy... Read more
Published on November 28, 2010 by Justin W,
2.0 out of 5 stars Tries at everything, succeeds at nothing
This is one of those albums that you put on as background noise at a party. It all sounds relatively different but I can guarantee no one will ask you what it is. Read more
Published on November 9, 2009 by Media Man
5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff
some of the songs were a bit repetitive but what can you expect for electronic. mostly a good cd
Published on November 4, 2009 by Lantz Hicks
1.0 out of 5 stars 2 Mediocre Singles Ceran-Wrapped with Crap
Digitalism is not the child of Daft Punk, because unlike it's supposed sibling, Justice, (who actually achieved greatness with Cross), their songs are a blank canvas with a weak... Read more
Published on January 25, 2008 by Donovan J.
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