LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver Album Review

Review of Sound Of Silver Album by LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem Sound Of Silver Album

Sound Of Silver

Album Review

Right then guys and gals. You're in for a treat. Here I have an album that is set to please indie heads and dance-floors alike. 'Sound Of Silver' is James 'LCD Soundsystem' Murphy's follow-up to the massively successful self-titled debut. And, well, it is, in no uncertain terms, a joyous success.

Now those of you who enjoyed the first album will be happy, Murphy's stuck to his guns, and is continuing to re-write the electro-indie-disco-funk book of ethics. Opening coyly with the infectious 'Get Innocuous!' its clear from the offset that Mr. Murphy has honed his production skills and is building his own brand post modern disco tricks into something deeper than before. I'm hooked, even before the heavily effected, tripped out vocals come to fruition. This track alone is a tip of the cap to more than a handful of legendary artists including Donna Summer and Brian Eno. It's almost as if Murphy is playing vicar at the altar of sound. 'Time to Get Away' is more of what you might expect, with the vocals being the focal point rather than another layer in his musical tapestry, Onto 'North American Scum' which sound like Talking Heads David Byrne on the political frontline armed with an artillery provided by Casio. This is, perhaps, the most surprising of the tracks on this record, bringing a political conscience into a previously shallow music scene. Murphy has abandoned his ad-lib approach to vocals, and that is really what makes this album, lyrics with meaning and as a result, feeling. From here on in the album starts to get more and more interesting. 'Someone Great' is something of a modern lullaby, if you can imagine it, subtly building into a beautiful ballade of sorts that washes through you and leaves a high watermark. 'Us Vs. Them' is a return to the party, initially sounding like a !!! (chkchkchk) tune, with funk licks, looped bass and great use of the cowbell. The album ends on the beautifully sombre 'New York, I Love You But You're Dragging Me Down', which is a step aside from the electronic oriented sound we know and could easily have been a Velvet Underground b-side, wonderful.

Okay, to summarise.Have you ever made a jigsaw out of pieces from different puzzles and ended up with a masterpiece? Well James Murphy has, creating an album that is exactly that, an album, from a genre of dance-floor anthems. Murphy really has grown up, and is here to show us how, and even why.

Thom Holmes

Site -


More Lcd Soundsystem

'The Long Goodbye' - Lcd Soundsystem Live At Madison Square Garden To Be Released 19th April 2014

The final coda of the LCD Soundsystem saga will arrive this Record Store Day, 19th April, when Parlophone releases The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live...

James Murphy's Subway Dream: Soundtrack The Underground

James Murphy’s days with LCD Soundsystem are over, but he’s still experimenting with ways to innovate with music. His Subway Symphony project sets out to...

Arcade Fire Release New Single, Video And Artwork For New Album 'Reflektors'

Arcade Fire are back with a whole heap of new material and album details to share with the ever-loving fans, with the band beginning to...

LCD Soundsystem - Manchester Academy, 1st May 2010

After spearheading a new generation's take on punk and penning the default floorfiller ('Daft Punk.') and, arguably, the single best track ('All My Friends') of...


LCD Soundsystem, Someone Great Video Video

LCD Soundsystem Someone Great Video LCD Soundsystem return with a new single 'Someone Great' on October 22nd 2007 on DFA/EMI Records taken from the massively...

LCD Soundsystem, All My Friends (Franz Ferdinand Version), Video Video

LCD Soundsystem All My Friends (Franz Ferdinand Version) Video The LCD Soundsystem track, 'All My Friends' has both frenetic refrain and rhythmic precision & it's...

LCD Soundsystem, All My Friends, Video Stream Video

LCD Soundsystem All My Friends Video LCD Soundsystem return with a new single 'All My Friends' on May 28th, taken from the massively acclaimed album...

LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver

LCD SoundsystemSound Of SilverAlbum ReviewRight then guys and gals. You're in for a treat. Here I have an album that is set to please indie...



LCD Soundsystem Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on LCD Soundsystem

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All