Human After All a let down? Perhaps commercially, but it's by far my favourite of Daft Punk's albums. Using both a mixture of pastiche and minimalism, HAA is able to deal with complex ideas about the industrialisation of culture. Look how the mindlessly repeated riff of 'Robot Rock' sounds distinctly unrock. It's a purposeful joke at the expense of the dying unoriginal machine that is the music industry. Look at the cold final track which endlessly repeats the word 'emotion' whilst ironically having very little. Again, laughing at the utilitarian culture created for money, not for art. We see themes of this industrialised culture take a turn for the more totalitarian with Television Rules the Nation and Brainwasher, and the damaging effect of media expectations on youth come through on the album's most ominous track of all, 'Prime Time of Your Life'. Human After All is both infectiously catchy and artistically fascinating, which is far more important than the number of units it sells.
My only hope for the new album is that it is not too alike any of their previous releases as a massive part of their appeal is the way they reinvent their sound but still remain distinctively Daft Punk.