French house isn't just a geographical classification, it's a stylistic category -- a distinction that's the result of Daft Punk's 1997 debut, Homework, a woolly slice of wiggly disco-house and cheeky analog-techno that basically defined the style. Selling more than 2 million copies worldwide, Homework introduced sonic quirks -- clipped funk loops, extreme frequency filters, vocoder vocal snippets, goofy repeated chants -- that have become standard operating practice in the world of DJ music, from Cher to Bob Sinclar. Their long-awaited sophomore release, Discovery, picks up where Homework left off. There's plenty of cyborg vocals and banging disco-house, but there are some new wrinkles in the Daft Punk sound. In general, the Parisian pair (Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo) display a newfound eclecticism that looks beyond the dance floor for kicks. Here, they tackle '80s-synth pop ("Digital Love"), Air-ish downtempo ("Nightvision"), and electro-jazz fusion ("Short Circuit"), alongside their legendary disco-house floor-fillers ("Too Long," the kickin' single "One More Time"). And they've dispensed with the raw, lo-fi experimental sound of Homework in favor of an über-slick production ethic that is totally '80s -- the new age-padded chords, crispy drum sounds, and frilly keyboard wiggles conjure the same vibe as the Reagan-era funk of Prince and Michael Jackson. It's a joyous, irresistible, and over-the-top sound that's destined to be an international nightclub smash in 2001 -- even if it sometimes sounds like 1981.