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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000M3452Y
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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1. Get Innocuous!
2. Time To Get Away
3. North American Scum
4. Someone Great
5. All My Friends
6. Us V Them
7. Watch The Tapes
8. Sound Of Silver
9. New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down

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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.


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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Format: Audio CD
LCD Soundsystem, the band whose house Daft Punk played, are back with 'Sound Of Silver', their second album of dance influenced punk, picking up where their first left off. DFA Records co-producer James Murphy has again used his production talents on his bands latest release, throwing in more beats, influences and cowbells than ever before to create another fantastic party album.

Slow building opener 'Get Innocuous' is classic LCD. Never quite knowing where it's going to end up, you find yourself drawn into its hypnotic rhythm and infectious drumbeat, reminiscent of the band's early track 'Beat Connection', as the song progresses, 80s dance music influences becomes apparent. This 80s theme continues throughout the rest of 'Sound Of Silver', making it seem like a collection of rare 12" records from the decade.

The title track sounds like a dark version of New Order's 'Blue Monday' had it been made by Kraftwerk with Ian Curtis on vocals. It's refreshing to hear Murphy trying out various vocal styling instead of sounding like he is just talking to you with a nasal cold, which he does on current single 'North American Scum', this albums 'Daft Punk Is Playing At My House'. The influences keep on rolling with Human League vs. Kraftwerk on 'Someone Great' and 'Watch The Tapes' sound like a surreal mash-up of Donna Summer and The Beach Boys.

Despite all the 80s influences on 'Sound Of Silver', there are moments of pure LCD style genius - 'All My Friends' builds and builds leaving you hanging for an epic close which never quite happens, yet reminding you of all those great nights you've had with your friends. 'Us vs. Them' is a slice of funky disco which will not doubt get you dancing.
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Dance music may still pack out clubs, but the wider influence it wielded has all but evaporated; witness the lengthening silence from such former chart staples as The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy and Fatboy Slim. Apologists say that dance music isn't really album-fodder anyway, but even in single form, it's trounced these days by Britpop, nu-pop, hip-hop, indie-pop, Keaneplay and R&B. The appeal of cheering on a club DJ simply doesn't transfer that well to the home environment, it seems.

This shouldn't be cause for too much gloom. Quite the opposite, in fact, as dance music's great cultural breakthrough - the demystification of the recording process - means that thousands can now make music in their own bedrooms, free to explore outside the strict parameters of club culture.

The touchstones for this new form of computer-groove music are not so much Detroit techno icons such as Derrick May and Juan Atkins, but Kraut-rockers like Can, Neu! and Kraftwerk, early synth-rock pioneers such as Silver Apples and Suicide, and minimalist composers like Steve Reich and Terry Riley. James Murphy, who to all intents and purposes is LCD Soundsystem, admitted as much on his single "Losing My Edge", name-checking everyone from Can to Captain Beefheart, going on to notable success with his 2005 debut album. Now Murphy returns with Sound of Silver, a quantum leap beyond LCD's debut.

Apart from the closing piano ballad "New York I Love You", the album's nine tracks are methodically built, sometimes from the simplest elements - the single-note bassline of "Time To Get Away", the lone repeated chord of "Get Innocuous", the re-synching pianos of " All My Friends" - laid over the interlocking rhythms.
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This is a quality album full of vigour and energy.

The sound is very much that of the Talking Heads of the "Speaking In Tongues" album. It's where the 'Heads might have gone if they'd continued to develope that style. Don't get me wrong it's no pale imitation, more that it shows how much scope for development of the music there was.
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