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Biography

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 heads to New
York City with the intent of ... Read more in Amazon's LCD Soundsystem Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (17 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B003HIOXPA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,289 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dance Yrself Clean
2. Drunk Girls
3. One Touch
4. All I Want
5. I Can Change
6. You Wanted A Hit
7. Pow Pow
8. Somebody's Calling Me
9. Home

Product Description

Third studio album from James Murphy's LCD Soundsystem, featuring the single 'Drunk Girls'.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D.Joyce on 16 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I used to think LCD Soundsystem were just a singles act that didn't want to admit to being one, and that James Murphy wrote great pop songs but always tried to shy away from that fact. However at some point earlier this year the penny just dropped (that's another story for another time), and I'd found that Murphy's pop sensibilities were all present and correct even in his more expansive work.

This album is perhaps a case in point: all but one of the songs here has a lot of focus on build and drawing out the sound, luring you in, then getting you to dance your rear end off. The only song under 5 minutes is lead single Drunk Girls (think White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground). Opener Dance Yrself Clean starts out very quiet with only a very basic beat and yet another refrain that seems to reference Blockbuster by The Sweet, before absolutely freaking out just after the three minute mark with a wonderfully dirty, plinky-plonky wall of electro-noise. It makes for a great opener.

Another factor not to be overlooked are Murphy's lyrics. Some find them verging on self-parody, others don't feel they hold a candle to the melodys and instrumental hooks LCD conjure up, but they can't help but raise a wry smile here: pretty much all of the fifth verse of Drunk Girls, "Complicated people never do what you tell them to" (One Touch), and "The king wears a king hat and lives in a king house" (Pow Pow) all made this listener chuckle.

Having said that, Murphy's ability to emote situations through both his music and lyrics must not be overlooked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack on 24 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
It is debatable whether the third album from the musical genius that is James Murphy is an improvement on the other two, but it is new and it is the same LCD Soundsystem that you (should) know and love. A trademark of this band is the repetition, they hammer these beats and synths into your brain and they reward you with the climax that these songs deserve.
This album has an extreme sense of completeness, the first track (Dance Yrself Clean) is one of the best introductory songs I have heard on an album. It meanders for a few minutes, captivating in it's repetition before the drop at which point it's pent up energy is let loose on the listener and the album flows seamlessly from this point. The album finishes with the track Home, which is the highlight of the record, Murphy weaves a multitude of instruments that blend and fragment perfectly, and his voice bursts forth in the peak of the album before he sighs 'So Goodnight' - which in retrospect since Murphy has said he is going to stop making music and concentrate on producing with his label DFA, is a farewell to the listeners, and a beautiful one at that. I saw LCD in Cardiff in November, in what I suppose is their last tour, and they ended with this song. Immediately after he wished the crowd goodnight and thanked us all before leaving. It was magnificent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Vance on 9 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Most critics argue that this is happening is second best to sound of silver, i guess that's an issue you have with any form media; whenever you create a "classic" the follow up will generally be considered inferior. IMO it's an irrelevant argument however, as it stands on its own as a compelling album which rewards the listener each time they come back with new detail, subtlety and interest. Stand out track for me has to be "You wanted a hit", absolute must buy for anyone interested in this genre of music or LCD Soundsystem.
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Format: Audio CD
James Murphy returns with what may be the last LCD Soundsystem offering, if press reports earlier this year are to be believed. One might be disappointed to hear that the album demonstrates the law of diminishing returns, in that each album has been worse than the last. However, to go from brilliant to excellent to good is no disgrace. The trademark LCD sound is in full effect throughout. The songs are more lyrical than ever, and I for one found that the slightly heart-rending 'I Can Change' struck a chord. Each listener may find their own connection, if only in the raucous 'Drunk Girls'. The production is expertly executed, but perhaps a bit too smoothly, the lo-fi charm of the first album being largely absent. There are no real anthems a la 'Tribulations' or 'North American Scum', but I found all tunes to be agreeable, and the tone sufficiently varied to maintain interest. Sometimes albums that do not make a strong first impression prove to be among the most durable, and that is a possibility here.
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By A. Danesin on 30 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This album has a really good groove. The mixture among many different genres which characterises LCD Soundsystem's work is made even better in this work. The acid base does not cover the sound experience but gives a kind of flavour to the overall acoustic perception. Even if the electronic experiment is considerably relevant here, both the lyrics and the rock rhythm (Drunk girls) give a pop-song and easy-listenable-and-danceble feeling that would help the project in reaching a broader audience while keeping old-time fans.
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