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Recorded at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, an 18,000-capacity sports arena in Paris, on June 14th, 2007. The CD captures the exuberant multi-media spectacle of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo's first hometown show in 10 years in front of a capacity crowd of thrilled fans.
For fans of brazen electronic music, few acts offer the longevity, consistency, and booty-shakin' insistence of Daft Punk. In a kind of tenth anniversary celebration of the Parisian duo's limited-edition live album Alive 1997, Alive 2007 captures a long and sweaty concert performed before 18,000 hometown fans. There's almost nothing by way of original material here, though the performance culls all of Daft Punk's many notable singles from their uncompromising debut, Homework, the merciless Human After All; and the opulent, seminal Discovery (including lead single "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger," which garnered renewed fame as the predominant sample buoying "Stronger," from rapper Kanye West's third album, Graduation). Regardless, devoted Parisians had weathered a full decade without a live performance, and the ecstatic, roof-raising release captured in this recording testifies to Daft Punk's inimitable position as one of the world's top electro-house phenomena. More importantly, perhaps, by fusing two or more "songs" per "track," Alive 2007 pulls off what 2003's remix/rarities album, "Daft Club," could not: namely, mixing the band's back catalogue with the kinetic fervor it deserves. At the end of the day (or the decade), no one does Daft Punk like Daft Punk. --Jason Kirk
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Then I listened to Alive 2007, and I finally get it.
This album puts you right there at Bercy Arena with a raging crowd, a pulsing sound, and an intense, almost flawless greatest hits mashup of songs from Daft's complete history up to that point. Thomas and Guy seamlessly blend all of their work together into an hour-long medley that you won't be able to stop bobbing your head to, guaranteed. All of my issues with Homework and Human After All somehow just VANISH when you can hear the crowd cheering and moving to the beat, when the melodies of other songs compliment them so well. The meshing of songs that this duo manages to craft are so perfect that I can barely imagine listening to them any other way. Robot Rock? Can't listen to it without whispering "OH YEAH" to myself anymore. Rollin' and Scratchin' suddenly feels empty without a distant screech of "I AM THE BRAINWASHER."
Daft Punk are masters of the house and dance genres, and this album is a pure testament to that. If you're a fan of any of their work or even disregard them as crazy robots* who just cut and paste the same 4 beats to make a song, give this a listen. You won't be disappointed.
*Humans (after all).
On a nice system this recording reaches its limits really easily. Would be much better to have a clean soundboard recording so we can throw our own daft punk parties and do our own cheering :)
1. Robot Rock / Oh Yeah 10/10
2. Touch It / Technologic 10/10
3. Television Rules The Nation / Crescendolls 10/10
4. Too Long / Steam Machine 10/10
5. Around The World / Harder Better Faster Stronger 10/10
6. Burnin' / Too Long 10/10
7. Face To Face / Short Circuit 9/10 Face to Face is just a bit too pop sounding)
8. One More Time / Aerodynamic 9/10 One More Time is also slightly too commercial)
9. Aerodynamic Beats / Forget About The World 10/10
10. Prime Time Of Your Life / Brainwasher / Rollin' And Scratchin' /Alive 10/10
11. Da Funk / Daftendireky 10/10
12. Superheroes / Human After All / Rock'n'Roll 10/10
I can't recommend this album enough to anyone. If you love dance music or Daft Punk this is one album you simply must own. My only regret is that I wasn't able to attend the live performance. I've just watched cellphone clips on YouTube, which in itself were amazing.