Daft Punk Delivers an Orgasmic Performance – TRON Legacy Soundtrack Review

Very few people know them as Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, but to the rest of the world, they are known as Daft Punk. After Disney decided on resurrecting TRON, they needed someone to handle the task of delivering a blockbuster score to accompany a movie of the same magnitude and Daft Punk was the only option that would fit the bill. The Parisian duo has not only delivered, but have exceeded many expectations in my opinion. The orchestral score itself is worthy of standing next to pieces by Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman and John Williams respectively. To accomplish this feat, Daft Punk employed the use of an 85+ piece orchestra, which just happened to be the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

On initially listening to the score, the songs “Disc Wars” and “C.L.U.” feel like they were tracks that Hans Zimmer forgot to use in The Dark Knight, as they have a fairly dark tone to them. Songs like “Outlands”, “Adagio for TRON” and “Flynn Lives” really pushes the limits of the orchestra’s capabilities. Some of the tracks that blend electro-funk and orchestra are very reminiscent to what Wendy Carlos achieved in the original TRON film. You get the feeling of transitions between the human and digital worlds in songs like “Recognizer”, “Rinzler” and “The Son of Flynn.” The full digitally synthesized tracks like “Derezzed”, “End of Line”, and “The Game Has Changed” are throwbacks to exactly what Daft Punk is known for.

All in all, this is definitely one of the best soundtracks I have ever listened to. I believe that Daft Punk’s choice of not opting for a standard percussion set and going with a more tribal/primal sound similar to that of Japanese Kodo drummers made a huge difference for the better. I can honestly say that I like every song on the soundtrack. Some of the standouts I suggest checking out are “C.L.U.”, “End of Line”, “The Game Has Changed”, “Recognizer”, “Outlands” and “Adagio for TRON.” To put it in perspective, I would say it is a combination of Star Wars mixed with some Dark Knight and Blade Runner, a bit of the Matrix, a touch of Inception and a hint of 2001: A Space Odyssey. If ever there was a soundtrack to own, this would be it.

Grade: A+

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