REVIEW: DAUGHTER – GET LUCKY

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To the target reader of SOTONIGHT, Get Lucky should need no introduction, and I won’t attempt it here. Last weekend Daughter took to the Radio One Live Lounge to perform their cover of this track, the original being almost certainly la chanson de l’ete.

Whilst they unquestionably achieved a beautiful XX-esque instrumental, which if you are disposed as such you might find moving, I can’t help but conclude that the admittedly thought-provoking contrast doesn’t outweigh the degree in which re-hashing it in this way completely misses what I interpret as the original point of the song. Taking an upbeat disco track of this calibre, with such optimistic and positive subject matter, turning its key from major to minor and taking the tempo down with it has done little more than inspire me to express these opinions in written copy.

Fans of this with a musical palette pitched further towards the indie-folk camp may argue that Elena Tonra’s vocals lack the very slight inaccuracies in intonation that Lil’ Skateboard P suffers from at times, especially in the unison parts of the chorus. Conversely, I would proffer that the contrast between these (deliberate?) human touches in the original and Daft Punk’s robotic persona is much more interesting than the one mentioned here earlier.

Irrespective of this, it’s definitely worth a listen — I would be lying if I said I didn’t appreciate this as a standalone piece of work. If you don’t put so much value in my perceived intentions of the robots, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams it isn’t actually too bad …

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Dunstan is an Acoustical Engineering graduate from the University of Southampton. Whilst he's not helping get Wind Farms through planning applications, managing a band or snowboarding, he takes care of Press matters for SOTONIGHT.

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