on 28 August 2006
A few of these reviews have been attacking this cd for being boring and repetitive, and yes, in all honesty i can see where they're coming from... but if you like music that's not frightened to stick with a cool beat for a few minutes longer than most pop songs - then you'll love this.
Basically - what you hear is what you get. It's like a daft punk album - after you've heard one or two tracks you know pretty much what to expect. The first lcd song i heard was 'losing my edge', which i thought was completely amazing and led me to buy the album, which completely met all expectations.
So this album might well not be your thing... but the only advice i can give in that respect, is that you make sure to listen to at least one or two of the tracks before you buy it, so that you won't then have to complain in reviews about what a waste of money it was...
on 3 September 2005
I dance to this record. I dance so hard i get headaches and those little flickering stars areound the edge of my vision. I don't dance. Ever. And this album makes me want to... NME in their own smug way praise this all the time... And for once, they're right about someone other than Bloc Party... James Murphy is a god. It's true to say if you like anything for Foo Fighters to Daft Punk and back again, there will be something for you on this album. From the cd1 opener 'Daft Punk is playing at my house' you know you've found something special... And then you get to 'Give It Up', my personal favourite on the album... In terms of dance music, I haven't been this excited since On The Ropes by Mint Royale was released... And Give it Up is now my weapon of choice even over the mighty 'Shake Me' (one of the best dance tracks of our generation). The only reason this won't sell is because people today are shallow minded. One side like 'alt.'. One side likes 'crunk 'n'... whatever it is this week'. This merges them, throws it out a window into a vat or toxic waste, soaks thoughroughly, spin drys and then jumps in the mud...
'There's every kid for miles at my house, my house'... With the cd in you'll possesion, they'll have good reason to be there!
Dance music is in a bad state in the 21st Century. Aside from a handful of visionary groups remaining like Faithless or the Chemical Brothers, even the 90s champions are either fading away (i.e. The Prodigy) or have gone underground (i.e. Underworld, Aphex Twin, albeit the latter at least voluntarily). This leaves us with hundreds of no-name DJs and vaguely attractive female vocalists warbling a solitary lyrical motif over boring synths. In fact, the DJs seem to do little except dip the tone control for the middle eight.
It would appear that James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem mainman and maverick producer, is the man who could well save dance music. Not only is this deluxe two-disc package fantastic value - it comes with a second disc collecting all of LCD Soundsystem's singles from 2002 onwards, right back to debut 'Losing My Edge' - but unlike most double albums, it's difficult to trim these 100 minutes down to a single disc's worth. The quality is very high throughout, possibly due to the eclecticism on show.
As shown on 'Losing My Edge,' Murphy is defined and inspired by his record collection and aside from its namechecking in that song, you can hear it all over these two discs. The Beatles, of course, are present in 'Never As Tired As When I'm Waking Up,' while his love of punk can be found in 'Tired' and elsewhere. Classic dance music as well as the spindly guitars of post-punk show up in brilliant single 'Tribulations.'
One song, however, fails to betray any of its influences but also proves why Murphy is the future of dance. 'Yeah (Pretentious Version)' is an eleven minute meander through synthesisers, keyboards, drum machines, percussion and enthusiastic whooping from Murphy himself. Across its long running time, not a single moment is slack or worth ignoring, and there is little (if any repetition), the exact opposite of what dance music has become in the modern age. It's truly thrilling to hear someone taking such influence while also showing how much they will hold themselves soon enough.
LCD Soundsystem is the album that will take Daft Punk's place in your hearts; as indicated by the first track of the first disc. If this is what dance music is to be like in the future, we're all in for a great ride.
on 30 March 2007
I have come to the conclusion that James Murphy is God!!
Its as simple as that.Without doubt he is a musical genius.
Apart from the fact that this double CD has got to be the bargain of the century at just under £5.00,the musical content is breathtaking.You could say that James Murphy is the avante garde of new wave dance music but the sound is also anachronistic and reminds one of the blooming of the dance craze following the demise of the punk era.That is partly its appeal in that it takes you back to that vital new period and surrounds you with a warm glow as you listen to it.
Every track of both CD's has got musical merit.Each is lovingly constructed often exploding into a storming finale that defies belief.Just listen to track yeah (crass version)on the second CD to see what I mean.
This is music to glory in and I defy you not to want to dance when you hear it.There are comparisons to be made no doubt and one of the first that struck me was Nine inch nails(Trent Reznor).To be honest though on second thoughts its a poor comparison because although there are similarities in the style of music and vocal delivery it is vastly inferia in its viscoral attack and intelligence.
Apart from everything else I have mentioned this album is wonderfully produced.If you have a half decent Hi Fi system it will sound amazing.
If you have a very decent Hi Fi it will blow your socks off and anybody who is demonstrating Hi Fi equipment for a living should have this CD at the top of their pile because it will show off the sonic ability of a system to perfection...or the shortfalls come to that!!
Finally can I just mention LCD's new album the sound of silver.It is every bit as good as this but perhaps a slightly more commercial sound without the dark corners and crevasses of this work of genius.But hey it has the same ability to make you want to drag yourself off of your hard worked sofa like no music I have ever known.Buy the two albums together.For just over £10 or the price of two packets of fags you will be in aural heaven!!
on 22 February 2005
It was probably a stupid idea, but this album was purchased on the off-chance. After hearing no material from LCD Soundsystem, i bought the album for the track entitled "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House", on the grounds that i love Daft Punk. What a happy coincidence!
The Album sounds wonderfully electronic, a plethora of electric and eclectic sounds. The Opening track, which i previsouly mentioned, is fantastic. James Murphy's roaring howl preceeding a catchy bassline and kicking drum line. it's here we see his passion and enthusiasm. The song is a brilliant idea, that his inspiration is coming to play at his house, and he spends time making sure that he is ready for them.
The first disc carries on in this vein, simple electronic synth patterns that are used to devilish effect, as his lyrical ability is at times somewhat questionable, but is always perfectly suited to the music.
The second disc, although not as strong as the first, still delivers, with stand out tracks beign "Tired" and "yeah" (both versions)
Overall, if you've heard the "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House" single on the radio, then yes, the rest of the album is in a similar vein, and although i can't see this album being a mainstream success, that makes me even more proud, that i am a kepper of such a great musical secret!
on 31 January 2005
LCD Soundsystem - a side project, spawned from the uber-cool production team DFA Records, which has now grown into what could probably be called a band and become the new forum for dance-punk-disco protagonist James Murphy to display his funkiness to an unsuspecting public. Go on, look in the dictionary, and I bet you that's what it says.
So, having garnered a lot of praise for the work the team have done to the likes of the Rapture's debut amongst others, it was about time that they put their own musical work on general release, and that's just what they've done here, sensibly covering all their bases by placing the early stuff on a bonus disc to go hand as a companion to the newer material.
Basically, what we have is well over an hour of cutting edge dance music. Sadly, we also have another of hype, although it's not all as bad as what you may expect. In fact, it's pretty damn good. Those in the know will be familiar with pretty much all of the bonus disc and Murphy's slurred voice; the Atari funk of 'Losing My Edge' is almost like the ultimate epitaph for the ageing hipster, Murphy weaving a tale of how he was there in Ibiza in 1998, and that he was the one who played Daft Punk to the rock kids, but now everyone he knows is not as relevant as they were anymore. 'Beat Connection', another highlight, grows into a pulsing monster of analogue synths and laptop beats as the desperation of a lonely night out grows and grows, and 'Yeah' climaxes in a wall of monstrous fuzz, knocking your ears for six and challenging the apathetic nature of everyone who keeps 'talking about it' but never 'gets it done'.
The new disc also starts of promisingly with the boastful 'Daft Punk is Playing at My House', a knowingly tongue in cheek nod to the French roboteers that keeps up its five minute length with fervent pace. 'Tribulations' and 'Movement' also take the sharp bass sounds and 80's drum kits from earlier efforts and keeps them engaging by funnelling in emotion and humour respectively, but other songs seem to pass by without even kicking up a fuss. As funky as it sounds, 'Disco Infiltrator' seems to have mislaid it's groove just a little bit, and 'Too Much Love' is just 'too detached' for it to impress (although the harmonies at the end nail the spooky groove pretty well). And don't expect a 4 to the floor party all the way through, because that will really disappoint you. I appreciate the variety that this album does have; 'Never as Tired as When I'm Waking Up' is an opiated sway with 60's guitars and 'Great Release' is an mountainous iceberg of piano and melody to crash any disco irreverence to pieces, but whether YOU like these songs really depends on whether you want variety or hi-hats in your CD.
But I'm sure you'll be happy despite some of the things I've written, especially when you consider the sheer quality of some of the tracks on here. It could be the case that these songs just need time to grow on me. Besides, James Murphy's been a busy boy lately, he deserves a rest.
on 16 May 2015
mary ann hobbs played this last sunday morning at work i'd forgot about 'losing my edge' got to be a must have for any muso .relevances in the lyrics and tunes similarity to killing joke and krautrock bring you back to earth and kick you while you're vulnerable.It's only pop music as the filing instructions on ummagumma said.play it over and over knock yourself out.
The eponymous-debut from DFA(death from above)mainman James Murphy is already, within a month on the end of a minor-backlash after swathes of hype-ola. You could buy it- but you might already be losing some edge (hip-suggestions for alternatives include Headgit, Charalambides & Wolf Eyes...).
Is it any good then?- er, yes, I think so. Spread over two-discs, the second-one containing singles such as 'Losing My Edge', 'Beat Connection' & 'Give It Up', it's great value and great fun. Upcoming single 'Daft Punk is Playing at My House' continues the post-modern-template established by 'Losing My Edge' ("...I was there when Can played their first concert in Cologne...I was there when Suicide practiced in a loft in New York City...etc") & appears to have been playlisted on Radio - it's pop that eats itself then...
The singles on the second-disc certainly do nod heavily towards 70s avant-garde'n'krautrock - you think of Neu!, The Fall, Suicide, Cabaret Voltaire, Harmonia, Can, Cluster, Was (Not Was), Throbbing Gristle...(& yet at the same time you don't think about these bands before & are happy a refreshing record has come out that doesn't sound like Lynnrd Skynnrd or The Libertines).
The first-disc is the more interesting- Murphy & co offering an eclectic brew - as some reviews have noted 'Too Much Love' does sound like an out-take from 'Soon Over Babaluma' & 'Great Release' DOES sound like something from 'Here Come the Warm Jets' (perhaps with Martin Rev's bowling-pin drum-machine from the 1st Suicide album?). 'On Repeat' sounds like Suicide colliding with a 70's dub-collective after hanging with Daniel Miller, while 'Disco Infiltrator' cops a Kraftwerk-electroswirl from 'Trans Europe Express'/'The Mix' (the blocked-nose vocals can be a bit irritating, think of The Rapture of Radio 4). Single 'Movement' is fun electro-amusement - this could have been called 'Greatest Hits', if that wasn't already a cliched notion. My two favourite-tracks remain 'Tribulations'- which is positively electroclash & reminds me a lot of early-INXS! - Murphy gets a wonderful, contemporary pop-record out of this sound & this has to be a single. The other highlight is 'Never as Tired as When I'm Waking Up', which sounds a lot like Elbow after listening to too much Faust (& the guitars go nicely glam towards the end...).
'LCD Soundsystem' is a fine-debut and great-value spread over two-discs - but will it still be hip by the end of the year? Does it matter?
on 24 June 2015
The cd supplied does not include the extras cd which includes the single "I'm losing my touch". Fortunately the download version on Amazon Music does include everything. Therefore I feel a bit ripped off although I have the digital versions of all the music I am a bit old school and like to have the physical cd/vinyl before I upload them to music palying electronic devices.
on 13 April 2005
Didn't know anything about lcd. Album came in the post. Amidst all the Brits giving us their shameless Cure/ Gang of Four/ Talking Heads/The Vapours impressions ('Tonight Matthew I'm going to play guitar just like Andy Gill!!') at least this guy knows how to make a proper musical cake. There are Fall like vocals, Kraftwerk bleeps and pulses and guitars set to MC5. He's got an off centre way with a lyric and a bum kicking attitude in his voice. He can yell nonsense and you laugh and go 'THAT'S RIGHT!' at the same time. He understands almost as well as Thom Yorke's lot how to build a piece of music and somehow it just doesn't leave you with the reheated leftovers feeling that characterises all those lads in their skinny ties. It's the most enjoyable album I've been sent free in the post all year.