"Tron" was an early 80:s movie, starring a young Jeff Bridges, becoming a cult for its futuristic effects and, in particular, its Light Cycle racing sequences. I tell you this and you can see why Daft Punk became the obvious choice for the soundtrack of this new "Tron" movie. With their futuristic helmets and retro-futuristic sounds they were practically born to be in the movie (which they are by the way).
So, to the soundtrack. Well, that’s exactly what it is - a soundtrack. People buying the album may be disappointed if they think it is another danceable Daft Punk album, as what we have here is, on the whole, a large collection of reasonably short (one to two minutes long in a lot of cases) tracks. A lot here may not interest the typical Daft Punk fan, being that there are a lot of orchestral instrumentals, though they are highly atmospheric tracks. So I will just point out those that will be of interest.
“The Game Has Changed” is a very atmospheric, part electronic part orchestral track, which highlights an interesting merging of Daft Punks sound within a more traditional context.; it certainly gets the blood pumping! “End of Line” is the first real foray into typical Daft Punk territory, and it is nice to hear a more grown up, dramatic take on the famous dance style we have become accustomed to. The album peaks at “Derezzed”, which is quite simply glorious - and stands up on its own, even without the film. It both sounds retro and utterly modern at the same time, with its glitches and phases making it like a more uptempo Boards of Canada. The end title music will get you tapping your digits too I wager…
Not sure if this would grab the attention of the average electronic music fan, as it is largely not electronic - neither does it have a lot of tracks that make it danceable in any way for the more typical Daft Punk fan, but the hardcore supporters, completists and fans of the film will love it.