Human After All is the third studio album by the French electronic music duo Daft Punk, released on 14 March 2005 internationally and a day later in the United States by Virgin Records. With this album, the duo took a more minimalistic and improvisational approach to their music using a mixture of guitars and electronics. A remix album, Human After All: Remixes was released exclusively in Japan. Human After All was Daft Punk's last studio album to be released by Virgin Records.
Daft Punk had considered Human After All to be their favorite of the three studio albums they had released at the time, and had regarded it as "pure improvisation". An early press release stated that the record would "[retain] their trademark Daft Punk sound, this time with a more spontaneous and direct quality to the recording". Human After All's brief creation and minimal production had been decided upon beforehand as counterpoint to their previous album. As Thomas Bangalter of the duo stated, "We were definitely seduced at the time by the idea of doing the opposite of Discovery." He compared the deliberately unpolished record to "a stone that's unworked". Human After All was created primarily with two guitars, two drum machines, a vocoder and one eight-track machine. Furthermore, it was produced in two weeks and mixed in four, a session in sharp contrast to their older material.
The cover image of Human After All features the Daft Punk logo displayed on a television screen. Each single 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 is also integrated into several tracks from the album, including "On/Off" and "Television Rules the Nation". Bangalter cited the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell as an inspiration for the record.
Recorded - 13 September – 9 November 2004
Studio - Daft House, Paris
Genre - Dance-rock
Length - 45:38
Label - Virgin
Producer - Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Cédric Hervet, Gildas Loaëc
released March 14, 2005
Daft Punk – vocals, guitars, drum machine, synthesizer, piano, bass guitar, vocoder, programming, production
Cédric Hervet – production coordination
Gildas Loaëc – production coordination
Nilesh "Nilz" Patel – mastering
Alex Movers - recovering & remastering
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