GE;TS (02.10): Daft Punk – One More Time
By Matt Jones Monday, 21 Sep 2009

“Good-Evil; The Soundtrack” is a weekly feature that showcases an editor’s song pick complete with a small write-up and a YouTube video or streaming version of the song. This week’s selection by Matt Jones is Daft Punk – “One More Time”.

“One More Time” is the quintessential dance song in my book. It’s the song that never fails to make me feel good. In a world where there is a lot of sadness and bitterness in music, “One More Time” has none of that. It takes all the bad things in the world and, for five minutes and twenty-one seconds, brushes them off to the side so that the listener can enjoy some peace and bliss in his life.

Taking some minor elements from their previous album, Homework, Daft Punk took their next album, Discovery, in a more vocal heavy direction, starting with “One More Time” (OMT). OMT begins not unlike a couple of their previous hits, “Da Funk” and “Around the World”: a muted loop of the main music lick that would run throughout the song. When Romanthony’s auto-tune enhanced chorus comes in and the beat drops, we’ve left behind the instrumental-only “Da Funk” but we’re still on familiar ground to “Around the World”, which looped

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the title words over and over to great effect. But as the first minute ends and transitions into the second, we hear the full chorus come out, as “we’re gonna celebrate, oh yeah, all right, don’t stop the dancing” comes over the speakers and pumps the energy up to another level. Combine this with the vocal breakdown that comes halfway through the third minute, with the auto-tuned Romanthony singing out over a simple synth chord progression, and we’ve fully left familiar territory from Homework and the foundation for the rest of

Discovery has been laid. While the use of digital morphing in Homework was implemented to create a digitized voice for a couple of their songs (“Around the World”, “Teachers”), the auto-tune in OMT allows Romanthony’s vocals to remain human while also retaining some of the electronic feel that had such impact on Homework. It makes everyone and anyone feel like they can pull off crooning the chorus just as well as Romanthony can. Once the vocal/synth breakdown has given way to the returning main lick, the listener has their head moving, their body ready to dance, and their vocal chords ready to shout out ONE MORE TIME!

“One More Time” always strikes me as the perfect song for a roller disco: it gets people up and moving, it has a slower breakdown section so people can catch their breath, then comes back in strong for a satisfying finish. As Daft Punk proved by mixing OMT with not only “Aerodynamic” but also with “Together” and “Music Sounds Better with You” for the Alive 2007 tour, the lyrics added to any satisfying dance beat just add another level of energy and excitement. OMT proved not only to help lead Daft Punk to another big album, but it showed that Daft Punk was branching out to a new sound than previously heard from the group, without leaving their core ability to make people feel good and dance behind.

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