LCD Soundsystem

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Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
As one half of the influential production team and record label DFA, James Murphy has helped shape the sound of post-millennial dance music, from the Rapture's debut album to the series of vinyl-only singles DFA has released since 2002. He smartly saved some of his best ideas for his own "band," LCD Soundsystem, whose records are perhaps the dance music equivalent of Spy magazine in the 1980s -- hip, ironic, and blessed with an awareness of just how seriously so-called trendsetters can take themselves. A prime example of Murphy's arch wit is the first single, "Daft Punk Is Playing in My House," in which he imagines throwing a party cool enough that the enigmatic French ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
As one half of the influential production team and record label DFA, James Murphy has helped shape the sound of post-millennial dance music, from the Rapture's debut album to the series of vinyl-only singles DFA has released since 2002. He smartly saved some of his best ideas for his own "band," LCD Soundsystem, whose records are perhaps the dance music equivalent of Spy magazine in the 1980s -- hip, ironic, and blessed with an awareness of just how seriously so-called trendsetters can take themselves. A prime example of Murphy's arch wit is the first single, "Daft Punk Is Playing in My House," in which he imagines throwing a party cool enough that the enigmatic French duo would perform. And like Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem know how to get the party started. Most songs consist of a single, sparse riff to which Murphy slowly adds layer upon frenetic, hypnotic layer. What begins as minimalist funk often ends with brilliant cacophony: synthesizers squelching, cowbells clanking, and Murphy chanting over the top. Those songs that don't adhere to this well-executed formula come off like experiments in stylistic replication: "Never as Tired as When Waking Up" apes Radiohead circa The Bends, and the album closer, "The Great Release," could be an outtake from Brian Eno's Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy. For that matter, Murphy seems to be doing an imitation of the Fall's Mark E. Smith -- with a severe cold -- for half of the album. With all this posing, should we be taking any of this overt snarkiness seriously? Of course not, but neither is he, and when it's this much fun, who cares? As good as the album is, even better is the essential bonus disc that collects all of LCD Soundsystem's 12" singles: two versions of the manic, epic "Yeah"; the punk-funk of "Give It Up"; and Murphy's hilarious debut single, "Losing My Edge," in which an aging hipster worries he's not as cool as he once was, while claiming to have been present at nearly every important musical touchstone of the last 30 years. We probably wouldn't want to be stuck talking to such a character at a party, but we'd let him DJ any day.
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
If a music-nerd version of Animal House set in 2005 is ever made, "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House" -- the boisterous opener of LCD Soundsystem -- would make an ideal theme song for the fraternity on which it is based. The self-conscious, awkward music obsessives pledging into this fraternity would have to pass a complex trivia test, own a compulsory list of records, and, as a hazing ritual, ask to dance with someone in public. If LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy were the least bit open to the concept, he could be the fraternity's advisor. Judging from a handful of singles and this album, he'd be more than qualified. His first A-side, 2002's "Losing My Edge," laid all his cards on the table, name-checking nearly everything that has been branded indispensable by a record store clerk during the past 20 years. This is someone who clearly owns tons of records and cannot escape them when making his own music. Acid house, post-punk, garage rock, psychedelic pop, and at least a dozen other things factor into his songs, and he's not afraid to be obvious. On occasion, he doesn't even allow fellow nerds to play guessing games. This is the case with "Never As Tired As When I'm Waking Up" -- drowsy/dazed John Lennon vibes through and through -- as well as the drifting/uplifting "The Great Release" -- an alternate closer to either of Brian Eno's first two solo records. Otherwise, Murphy's songs cough up references from his subconscious or are put together as if he's thinking more like a DJ, finding ways to combine elements from disparate sources. "Movement" careens into high-energy guitar squall after a pounding beat and cranky synths; "On Repeat" happily replicates the scratches and jabs of guitar heard from A Certain Ratio, PiL, and Gang of Four, but its mechanical pulse and curveball synth effects couldn't be any more distanced from those three groups. Nothing here exceeds the brilliance of "Beat Connection" or "Yeah." Like just about everybody else these days, Murphy's more skilled at creating isolated tracks than making full-lengths, even though this particular full-length has few weak spots and unfolds smoothly as you listen to it from beginning to end. The bonus disc, containing all the stray single tracks, adds a great deal of value.
Entertainment Weekly - David Browne
LCD Soundsystem... unites the club and indie-rock crowds in ways few have attempted since the '80s. (A-)

LCD Soundsystem... unites the club and indie-rock crowds in ways few have attempted since the '80s. (A-)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2005
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724387365926
  • Catalog Number: 873659
  • Sales rank: 83,248

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Daft Punk Is Playing at My House (5:16)
  2. 2 Too Much Love (5:42)
  3. 3 Tribulations (4:59)
  4. 4 Movement (3:04)
  5. 5 Never as Tired as When I'm Waking Up (4:49)
  6. 6 On Repeat (8:01)
  7. 7 Thrills (3:42)
  8. 8 Disco Infiltrator (4:56)
  9. 9 Great Release (6:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Losing My Edge (7:53)
  2. 2 Beat Connection (8:07)
  3. 3 Give It Up (3:55)
  4. 4 Tired (3:34)
  5. 5 Yeah (9:21)
  6. 6 Yeah (11:06)
  7. 7 Yr City's a Sucker (9:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
LCD Soundsystem Primary Artist
Tim Goldsworthy Sounds
Tyler Pope Sounds
Nancy Whang Sounds
James Murphy Various, Sounds
Eric Broucek Sounds
Mandy Coon Sounds
Technical Credits
Alan Douches Mastering
Ian Hatton Engineer
Steve Sisco Engineer
Josh Wilbur Engineer
Tim Goldsworthy Composer
Mike Lapierre Engineer
James Murphy Composer, Art Direction
Pat Mahoney Composer
John O'Mahony Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Nice. Very nice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Phenominal!

    After about the fifth time listening to this album, it finally hit me that James Murphy is absolutely brilliant. Personally this is one of the best electronic albums to come out in a long while. Highly Recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    all the furniture is in the garage

    wow cool dance music with an edge and a bit of funk yeah

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