DAFT PUNK Tron: Legacy (Universal) Rating: NNN
The swelling symphonies and ominous horns that make up much of Daft Punk's score for the update of Disney sci-fi flick Tron are the stuff glossy movie soundtracks are made of.
Without the film's glowing vector-art visuals, it's an incomplete experience, though Hollywood musical cues are so familiar that it's not hard to imagine the story arc simply by listening to this soundtrack.
In other words, the French dance duo are following the formula, not reinventing it. However, it's a testament to Daft Punk's agility as composers that fizzy digital rhythms and pristine orchestral manoeuvres can sound so seamless together.
Several arrangements start out acoustic and gradually incorporate warm digital tones that seem to emanate directly from Tron's bright neon palette. But it's the exclusively electrified tracks that provide the most dizzying and therefore best moments.
Top track: Derezzed