LCD Soundsystem
LCD Soundsystem


4.5
superb

Review

by pinkyeti USER (1 Reviews)
February 2nd, 2005 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


James Murphy is known to many of us. He's a part of the production duo DFA and head of the label of the same name. Now, after producing several albums of artists of such glorious reputation as The Rapture, Black Dice or Radio 4, he blesses us with his solo project's debut. LCD Soundsystem exists since 2002, and has released two singles which enjoyed great success not only among Alt/Indie elitists. Those singles, named "loosing my edge/beat connection" and "Yeah" are included on a bonus disc which comes with the album. Subject of this review, however is only the real album, starting off with "Daft Punk is playing at my house". This song is not, as the title might suggest, a hommage to the french House duo, but rather one of the album's rock tracks. Mind you, I'm not saying you cannot dance to it. In fact 'dance music' and 'rock music' are not, as they often are said to be, opposites, and LCD soundsystem proves this thesis. If you want a comparation, Soulwax is the best I can give you. But LCD soundsystem is simpler and rawer. While Soulwax make danceable rock music, LCD Soundsystem play Dance Punk. But it isn't just that. The album's tracks range from straight-in- your-face Post Punk ('Movement', first single of the album, is basically The Fall with a heavily distorted, ever-repeating bassline and programmed handclaps) to almost ambient music on the final track 'great release'(*Namedropping mode on* Brian Eno *Namedropping mode off*). In between, there is the magnificent Disco-Hymn 'tribulations' and the EXTREMELY groovy 'disco infiltrator'. Remarkable about this album is the steady change of tempo. The aforementioned 'movement' is followed by 'never as tired as when I'm waking up'. This song, with its downbeat and its piano sections reminds me of Can, with which Murphy is said to be obsessed. What I really enjoy about this album: Murphy's voice. It's highpitched, he can shout as hysterically as he can hum gently. You'd think that the voice isn't that important on a dance record, (for this is what it is, despite its versatility) and I assume you can't really sing along to it, but the way he sings is just great, and I think it is what predominantly gives the songs their vivaciousness.
The reasons I do not award this album a 5.0 are 1. that some songs sound a little too similar to other bands' work. But don't forget there's a bonus cd, which is also excellent, and could make it a 5.0. I just didn't include it into my reviw because it's older material. Which doesn't make it a less worth buy.


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morrissey
Moderator
May 6th 2005


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Cool review.



I'm just listening to this album for the first time, and I absolutely love it. I need to purchase it. Daft Punk is Playing At My Home rocks my socks to no end. Wicked cool.

morrissey
Moderator
May 6th 2005


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

F[b][/b]buck you, lack of edit button. I meant Daft Punk is Playing at My HOUSE, of course.

Dancin' Man
May 6th 2005


719 Comments


Daft Punk is Playing at My House is such a catchy song.

You've gotta set 'em up, ooh ooh yeah
You've gotta set them up, set them up


Robert Crumb
Emeritus
July 14th 2005


165 Comments


I was trying to think of something to write about and I thought of this but it was already done so now I don't know what to do. I like this album, it's fun.

Iai
Emeritus
July 27th 2005


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I listened to this for the first time today, and I've gotta say, it's massively disappointing.

Senor_Whippy
September 27th 2005


367 Comments


One of my albums of the year

masada
October 13th 2005


2733 Comments


Yawn.

Senor_Whippy
October 13th 2005


367 Comments


Are we keeping you up Eliminator Jr.?

Jawaharal
December 26th 2005


1832 Comments


This album is very boring. I can barely make it through daft punk is playing at my house.This Message Edited On 12.26.05

C20H25N3O
April 11th 2006


583 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Really didn't like this album, and I felt LCD Soundsystem was dropping a name to get attention.

bleep_bloop
August 10th 2006


37 Comments


i especially dig yeah(crass version), on repeat, and beat connection.

Montana
September 24th 2006


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really lilked this album. Especially tracks 5-8.

MassiveAttack
September 15th 2009


2754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Why is the 2nd half of this album so disappointing; the first half is just excellent.

Athom
Emeritus
October 6th 2010


17241 Comments


BUT I WAS THERE!

MassiveAttack
October 6th 2010


2754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What!?

clercqie
April 6th 2012


6520 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'M JUST A FAT GUY IN TSHIRT DOING ALL THE SINGING

Atrophy
October 29th 2013


853 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the sonics

the sonics

the sonics

the sonics

StallionMang
August 6th 2015


8169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

GIL

SCOTT

HERON

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2016


20107 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

checking this now

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 27th 2016


20107 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah(crass version) is great and so is Movement



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