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February 4, 1970 – James Murphy is born in Princeton Junction, NJ. He will spend his formative years commuting to the Princeton Record Exchange, making strategic import and underground vinyl discoveries based more on cover art than anything and building a musical acumen free of any kind of peer pressure or scene politics. He ... Read more in Amazon's LCD Soundsystem Store

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  • Audio CD (February 15, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B0006U4UAU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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2005 album consists of entirely new material & a bonus CD of all previously released singles.

So much has been said about disco-punk's King Midas, New York musician/producer James Murphy, that it's kind of hard to believe that we've had to wait until 2005 for the debut album from his dancefloor project, LCD Soundsystem. LCD's classic triumvirate of early singles--"Losing My Edge," "Give It Up," and "Yeah"--joined the dots between punk-rock, disco, and funk in a way that hadn't been seen since the New York downtown scene of the early '80s, but these are bravely relegated to a bonus disc in favor of a suite of new material that reworks the band's influences in new, often explicit ways: take "Movement," for instance--a homage to the Fall that finds Murphy barking "It's a fat guy/ In a T-shirt/ Doing all the singing!" over punchy analog synths, or the quietly majestic "Great Release," a doff of the cap to Brian Eno circa Taking Tiger Mountain. For all his encyclopedic musical knowledge, however, it's one of Murphy's strengths that he seldom seems uptight about the practice of music-making: it's how he can get away with penning a gonzo disco-punk number and naming it something as fantastically flippant as "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House"--and more importantly, it's why LCD Soundsystem succeeds as a splendid dance record as well as a smart intellectual exercise. --Louis Pattison

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LCD Soundsystem is a band that reminds me a lot of Oingo Boingo!
Dash Point Software, Inc c/o Rod Paddock
Which is true, but it's even better when they make it their own and not just simply recycle the same beats over to us as if we wouldn't know.
Many of these songs are of sufficient length, too, again, making them great for listening or dancing.
Kathy W

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120 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Leopold Stotch on February 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's fascinating: I can't remember the last album to be released that was so inexorably tied to indie-hipsterism and its fickle, ever-changing sense of what's "in." LCD Sound System are so cool that there's a critical/hipster backlash against them before they even released this, their first album. That they include a bonus disk of the early singles that got them where they are today is impressive -- it says that they are willing to let the new material stand beside the more acclaimed older stuff.

Cries of "derivative" are already being levied at LCDSS, and it's true that their taut, rhythmic pop owes a lot to their record collection: Can, Fall, Faust, Eno, Wire, etc. But why not steal from the best? The beats here are minimal, but incredibly nuanced in a way that LCDSS's forefathers never were, and above everything else, this is FUN music. Franz Ferdinand and Interpol are fine at the gloomy herky-jerky thing, but I don't think I'd ever put them on to facilitate having a good time...this is another story!

Not since the first Strokes' record has there been an album so fun and memorable that's been embraced by the smug, self-satisfied Pitchforkmedia generation. And not since the second Strokes album are you likely to see an absolutely unwarrented backlash against them.

But put aside this petty anthropology. Throw on the first disk and rejoice in the spell-binding beats, the amusingly self-efacing vocals, and the starkly propulsive vibe that surges the whole thing forward.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Willden on March 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This CD really makes me move. I love most the songs here, but my only problem is that I find myself changing songs in the middle because eight nine and eleven minutes for a repetetive dance punk song is way too long. The second disc with the DFA singles suffers the most from repetitive progression, but there are still some choice tracks. I fill they should release more of these with a radio edit, Daft Punk Playing at My House Radio edit is perfect example.

Overall I really really like these guys. I love James Murphy and his brainchild DFA, and The Rapture. He knows how to make and produce music that is both fun, intense, and smart with a dance rock edge. At times this CD can rock your socks off with great dance riffs, but once again, i very rarely can listen to evey song all the way through before switching it.

Best tracks: daft punk is playing at my house , Too Much Love, Movement, Disco Infiltrator, Give It Up, Tired, Yeah (Crass Version). Beat connection would almost be a classic but it wears itelf thin by the 5 minute mark. But for those who like their dance music throbbing and long, this will not bother them. Overall a very good album.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Benton R. Olmsted on February 15, 2005
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It's official. LCD Soundsystem is 2005's best album, as of February 16, and, although it won't be bought by most for its dance tracks, is possibly the best dance record to come out of the USA since 1979.

If you could pick out one track -- any track -- from this eponymous album, as separate from the record as a whole, you might be able to define the genre, detemine influences, and draw comparisons to a reasonably similar band. But to do so would be entirely unfair to a record which, by its nature is entirely unique, disperse yet unified in vision, and destined to become a classic.

The overall feel of this eclectic album is of indie vocals over very well sequenced rhythms that alternate between vintage 80's, and the best of indie 2004 (the best single year for indie music ever, in my humble opinion). Some tracks are layered with rich experimental guitars, while others let the clever, often spoken but never boring lyrics take the lead. But just when you've got LCD Soundsystem (aka New York producer James Murphy, now co-head of red-hot label/production duo DFA) figured out as Talking Heads meets Cabaret Voltaire meets late model Bowie, as might have been produced and recorded by Factory Records circa 1980, you get thrown for a loop by a track like the perfect "Movement", an almost too-short track which stands out as the best of the record, and whose screeching guitars over industrial bass line and cymbal heavy drums are the rock high point of the record. This energetic plateau leads perfectly into the brilliant, mellow "Never as Tired as When I'm Waking Up", a track that could easily have been taken directly from Elbow's Cast of Thousands, but which seems to work so much better here as part of what turns out to be an incredible compilation of style.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J HADFIELD on February 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Special features. Enhanced content. Bonus CDs. It's becoming de rigeur to tack extra gubbins onto most every new release these days. And, while it's nice to feel like you're getting a bit of extra bang for your buck, you've really got to wonder: like, why bother? How many times are you really going to sit through the extended version of "Return of the King", the "making of" documentary and director's commentary on that special edition DVD you just splurged on, or the demos and B-sides CD that came with the remastered version of 'Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain'? Answer: not much.

LCD Soundsystem's debut album, then, marks an interesting diversion in this morass of faux-bonus uselessness. Might this be the first instance in which a bonus CD has actually usurped the main feature to whose bosom it furtively clung? Whisper it, now: possibly.

It would, of course, be brutally unfair to damn LCD's effort with such faint praise: simply put, this is a pretty good album. The first four tracks, in particular, are - in their own respective ways - absolute stormers. The others, though less immediate, do kinda grow on you. But... Lordy! that second CD is fantastic. 'Losing My Edge' and 'Yeah' are two of the best singles to have been released so far this decade and, blah blah blah.

Anyway... 3 stars for the album, 5 for the bonus CD. What a warped world we live in.
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