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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 (March 20, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000M3452Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,058 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Two years after LCD Soundsystem's eponymous full-length debut sent indie scenesters rushing to the dancefloor, the outfit headed by dance-rock producer James Murphy serves up another stiff cocktail of punk, dance, and funk with Sound of Silver. Analog synths, chugging basslines, chunky guitars, and Murphy's wild falsetto excursions are once again the foundation to which is added the new and strange, such as the heavily chorused voices that suggest backward-masking in the opener "Get Innocuous" and the captivating harmonics keyboardist Nancy Whang bounces off of Murphy's vocals on "Someone Great." If this album has its own version of "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House," it has to be "North American Scum," an infectious stormer that breezily dismisses Europe as a place where "the buildings are old and you might have lots of mimes." Such lines are good evidence that LCD's music would rather ridicule itself than fall into the kind of pretense and nostalgia it constantly lampoons. The album's title track reflects that hankering after one's teenage years is often interrupted when "you remember the feelings of a real live emotional teenager--then you think again," while the power ballad "New York I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down" wearily serenades the Big Apple as "still the one pool where I'd happily drown." True, LCD's music is not for everyone, which may have something to do with why their fans love them as they do. If you fall into the latter category, however, Silver is gold. --Brent Kallmer

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James Murphy, aka LCD Soundsystem, returns with new album "Sound of Silver" March 20 on DFA/Capitol Records. "Sound of Silver," the follow-up to the massively acclaimed and eponymous 2005 debut, was recorded over the summer of 2006 in a farm in upstate New York by Murphy and visitors from the big city including live band members Nancy Whang, Pat Mahoney and Tyler Pope. There, between silver foil-covered walls, nine tracks were crafted into one of the pinnacle albums of 2007. "Sound of Silver" finds LCD Soundsystem further expanding its sonic palette, taking its experimental impulses to wild new places but also firmly establishing itself as a singularly great pop group. Here, pulsing beats, abstract funk, crystal melodies and towering walls of sound combine to create a sound genuinely like no other.Lead single "North American Scum" is a crushing anthem every bit as potent as its title; "All My Friends" opens with percussive, minimalist piano before blooming into soaring harmonics; and "Us v. Them" melds dirty throbbing bass, pitched cowbells, chicken-scratch guitars and a full-on timbale jam of a closer.

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"North American Scum" is great, as is the intro "Get Innocuous".
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These are all just examples of course, and everyone's taste certainly differs, but I just feel like this is nothing new and certainly nothing special.
Andrew R Rosenberg
With Sound of Silver, LCD shows that they can go between different styles of music effortlessly and still make a great and coherent album.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By choiceweb0pen0 VINE VOICE on April 29, 2008
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The first thing I need to acknowledge is that I usually hate Dance/ so called Electronic music, primarily for terribly repetitive lyrics and music that only approaches a good idea after a lot of mixed drinks. Still, when I heard "North American Scum" with it's sarcastic/ironic lyrics and catchy melodies, I was hooked. Yet it would be several more months before I would get the rest of the album. Hearing them live on the World Café playing "All My Friends" and other tracks made me reconsider, like "Get Innocuous!" and "Us V Them" along with Amazon's bargain price. The witty lyrics and catchy music make this an outstanding listen. This is the perfect album to drive around with as well as work out to and yes, even dance to.
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39 of 48 people found the following review helpful By justmoi on March 20, 2007
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James Murphy has like, totally, outdone his debut with this fantabulous soundclash between the Talking Heads, Scissor Sisters, Trail Of The Dead, Flaming Lips and just about every decent British electronic band who plugged in an analogue synth in the Eighties.

This is a rock record, made with technology as ancient and relevant as old Les Paul guitars and valve amplifiers, which also happens to be great to dance or drive to, and is possibly even more conducive to just sitting down and listening. Accompanied by furious head nodding, obviously.

'North American Scum' is a shockingly perceptive song, and a timely reminder that the US does not have an exclusively Midwestern mentality.

The title track pulses with social satire while lampooning the basso profundo pretensions of the Human League and Heaven 17, but it is all sweetness and light next to the damning tribute to the Big Apple that closes the record. "Like a rat in a cage pulling minimum wage," croons Murphy on 'New York I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down', before a surprise second ending, sounding like a Glitter Band encore. And there aren't many of those these days.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Vishal Bhartia on April 2, 2007
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Don't talk to James Murphy about maturity. The purveyor of the first cowbell revival of the 21st century has seen it all before. Here, Mr. DFA builds on the success of debut smash `LCD Soundsystem' and relative acclaim of Nike-sponsored jog soundtrack '45:33' to bring in something equal in warm calculation as it is to dance-friendly smiles on your face.

Opener "Get Innocuous" is reminiscent of Casio-chop debut single "Losing My Edge", with tasty space and Telex-induced bassline to boot.

Tour Anthem 2007 duties go to "North American Scum", an affair effectively indebted as much to the glam of Sweet as it is to the post-disco tendencies of 1980s New York City.

Murphy is happy to point out that he might be showing his age.

Although endlessly rhythmic and throbbing, middle-order batter "All My Friends" signals a shift on "Sound Of Silver" from frantic to wistful, (""wouldn't trade one stupid decision/For another five years of life") .

On his deathbed he isn't, but Murphy knows he can't keep miles ahead of the pack forever. Let's hope he never becomes a sweating, faceless member of the chasing dance pelaton.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Balkind on July 8, 2008
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I was one of those classic rock guys that thought the vast majority of new music sucked. Then one of my friends forced me to consume LCD Soundsystem and I realized that the new music revolution is here and it involves people with laptops. The first listen might be a little awkward, but before you know it, you're dancing on the street, laughing at lyrics that are too real and finding yourself becoming... an electronic music fan.
Check out the "Bunch of Stuff" remixes. They break it wide open.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Rives on October 8, 2007
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I ran into a friend in a bar recently who insisted on playing "North American Scum" to me on his Ipod; as he thought it was so amazing. I liked the track a lot but couldn't quite figure out why it sounded so familiar until he pointed out that it sounded exactly like Pete Shelley's 1981 hit "Homosapien". It isn't like "Homosapien"; it is a total rip off. That doesn't mean it's not a lot of fun to listen to though. Welcome to post-modernism 2.0.

LCD trade in nostalgia, it's simply what they do. For the first part of their career the blueprint was Public Image Limited and to a lesser extent the Fall; but now they've expanded their horizons to mine a larger field of 80's innovators and they do it with overall really strong (sometimes amazing) results. Opening track "Get Innocuous" is Berlin Bowie meets Kraftwerk in such an obvious way you almost want to cringe. And yet by the end of this tune I was absolutely sold on the track. They just do it so damn well I found it impossible to resist.

There are other highlights. "Someone Great" is the best track the Human League never made. It's wonderful. "All My Friends" is daring and amazing. It also features the best lyrics I have heard in a long, long time. It also has the punk rock ability to send people running out of the room with its repeating piano figure. I later played this record at a cocktail party and it utterly polarized everyone in the room. Mission accomplished.

The album has two general themes; the first, that NYC is tired and overrated; and the second the challenges of encroaching age. These may not be the most fun themes for a pop record but exploring them does justice to the band's influences.

A great effort. That rare thing: The sophomore improvement. LCD Soundsystem didn't get there first, but they got there.
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