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Discovery, Daft Punk’s second album, was in its own quiet way one of the most influential releases of the Noughties.

Released in 2001, the album saw the Daft Punk duo lurch away from the filtered disco loops and Chicago-via-Paris house production that had become their trademark into something a whole lot stranger.

Or that was how it sounded at the time, anyway. It sound odd to say it, now that everyone from Kanye West to Jazmine Sullivan has sampled tracks from Discovery, but in 2001 the album’s mix of rock guitars, autotuned vocals and shiny synths left many a critic disappointed.

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It may well be an act of cultural heresy up there with shredding Shakespeare’s First Folio to line the hamster cage but I think The Queen Is Dead could do with a re-edit.

Not, you understand, because I don’t like the Smiths’ third album – in fact, in terms of sheer quality of songs it has to be up there among my favourites. But there’s just something about its running order that isn’t right.

And having established that I’m little more than an idiot with an opinion and an internet connection that allows him to spread it, let’s continue.

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