LCD Soundsystem CDs reviewed by Steve Miller
Oct 30, 2007, 02:25
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM Sound of Silver CD LCD SOUNDSYSTEM 45:33 CD
Our first order of business is to share that LCD is, indeed, a band worth noting for its clacking, metallicÂ dance groove (“post punk disco” is apparently the commoner's assessment) and its abilityÂ to avoid ever sounding the same. While Silver is not the bitch that the All My Friends EP is, it's a solid blurt of the some righteous influences —some Tubeway Army dashed with Depeche Mode and a slicey guitar—with plenty of charisma on the writing end.
High points: “All My Friends,” the single, somber, tattered synth pops and a New Romantic vocal; “North American Scum,” pushing, pulsing self-loathing. LCD leader James Murphy is clearly a leader in analog production, although his ambitions sometimes override his abilities—witness the show-stopping “New York, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down,” a dreadful bout of self-indulgence. Is this the metal/tech version of “New York's Alright if You Like Saxaphones”?
45:33 is another matter, a series of extended mixes commissioned by Nike and aimed at gym rats, if anyone is game for a 65-minute dash. The mighty Crystal Method and Aesop Rock have also mixed corporate business with play. You decide if that works for you, and it's probably agreed that as long as the music is fresh, the arrangement is fine. In this case, the music is bad—real bad, the sound of a band doing something that it should probably save for a Dodge commercial. [Capitol / EMI]
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