Music and Background
Daft Punk considered Human After All, as his favorite of the three studio albums released, at the time, and considered “pure improvisation.” A press release said before the record “[keep] their Daft Punk brand sound, this time with more spontaneous and direct recording quality.” The ongoing creation of Human After All and the minimal production have previously been considered counterpoint to his previous album. Like Thomas Bangalter of the duo, he said, “Surely we have been seduced by the idea of doing the opposite of Discovery.” He compared the deliberately rough record with “a stone that did not work.” Human After All was created primarily with two guitars, two drum machines, one vocoder and one eight-track machine. In addition, it was produced in two weeks and mixed in four, a session in sharp contrast to its older material.
Bangalter said the album was an attempt to find out where human feelings reside in music. He later commented that “we think the third album was about that feeling of fear or paranoia … The record is not something designed to make you feel good.” Bangalter believed that Human After All and the electrode of Daft Punk Electroma are both “seem extremely difficult and the technology is terrible and terrible, but there may be beauty and emigration with it.” He recognized the perceived mechanical quality of the record, but he felt that he expressed “dance between humanity and technology.”
As Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo observed. “Every album we have made is closely linked to our lives with the internal material and the personalities that Thomas did during Human After All, making it closer to the place he was at that moment.” When asked about the positive response to using Daft Punk’s live tour of the 2006/2007 tour, Bangalter said that “Human After All was the music we wanted to do when we did.” When we feel strongly that there was a Logical connection between our three albums, and it’s nice to see people seem to realize that when you hear the live performance now. ”
The Human After All image covers the Daft Punk logo displayed on a TV screen. Each single extract from the album (“Robot Rock”, “Technologic”, “Human After All” and “The Prime Time of Your Life”) features a cover with a different image on a similar screen. This theme has also been integrated into several songs on the album, including “On / Off” and “Television Rules the Nation”. Bangalter quoted George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four novel as a source of inspiration for the record.