Best Albums of 2013: Mid-Year Report

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Daft Punk, 'Random Access Memories'
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Daft Punk, 'Random Access Memories'

The most important act in global dance music? Maybe. On this insanely anticipated 70-minute album, the French duo flips their script with guest appearances from Strokes singer Julian Casablancas, dance godfather Giorgio Moroder and shmaltz guru Paul Williams, creating a prog-tastic disco fantasia full of electro-jazz-funk, kitsch-pop and splashes of Eurodisco/house fusion.

From the RS review: "Completely ridiculous, remarkably beautiful and affecting, it sounds almost nothing like EDM."

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