Sound of Silver

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Sound of Silver
Studio album by LCD Soundsystem
Released 20 March 2007 (2007-03-20)
Recorded 2006 at Longview Farm Studios in North Brookfield, Massachusetts and DFA Studios, New York City, NY
Genre Dance-punk, electronica
Length 55:55
Label DFA/Capitol
Producer The DFA
LCD Soundsystem chronology
45:33
(2006)
Sound of Silver
(2007)
A Bunch of Stuff
(2007)
Singles from Sound of Silver
  1. "North American Scum"
    Released: February 26, 2007
  2. "All My Friends"
    Released: May 28, 2007
  3. "Someone Great"
    Released: October 22, 2007
  4. "Time to Get Away"
    Released: 2008

Sound of Silver is the second album from LCD Soundsystem. The album was released in the UK on March 12, 2007 and in the U.S. on March 20, 2007.

History[edit]

Songs in the Sound of Silver, notably "Someone Great," feature parts of the 2006 LCD Soundsystem release 45:33.

For several weeks before and after the album's release the entire album was available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The video for the track "North American Scum" was also posted to the band's MySpace on February 8, 2007.

On March 12, 2007, to coincide with its official UK release, an underground remix version of the album was released online in aid of charity.[1]

The album reached number 28 in the UK charts. James Murphy stated that he would like the album to be in the Top 40 on the U.S. Billboard Charts. It debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 46.[2]

The album is dedicated to "the memory of Dr. George Kamen (1942-2006), one of the great minds of his or any generation."[3] The Bulgarian-born doctor was a pioneer of group therapy and had opened a practice in New York.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (86/100) [4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [5]
Entertainment Weekly A− [6]
The Guardian 5/5 stars [7]
musicOMH 5/5 stars [8]
NME (8/10) [9]
Pitchfork Media (9.2/10) [10]
Punknews.org 4.5/5 stars [11]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention) [12]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [13]
Spin (8/10) [14]

On release Sound of Silver received widespread critical acclaim. The Guardian gave the album a 5-star review[15] while music website Pitchfork Media gave the album a score of 9.2/10[10] and nominated the song "All My Friends" as second best song of the 2000s.[16] By the end of 2007 it was ranked by Metacritic as the 10th best reviewed album of the year.[17]

In December 2007 it was announced that the album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album.[18] It was nominated for the 2007 Shortlist Prize, where it lost out to The Reminder by Feist. It was also named album of the year by The Guardian,[19] Uncut[20] and Drowned in Sound.[21] Pitchfork Media named two of the album's tracks ("Someone Great" and "All My Friends") in the top ten tracks of 2007[22] and the album itself was named the second best album of 2007.[23] Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone[24] both ranked it as the 7th best album of 2007.[25] In 2008 Entertainment Weekly ranked it as one of the top 50 albums of the last 25 years. In January 2008, it was named the album of the year in both the 2007 Village Voice Pazz & Jop and Idolator Pop '07 polls.[26] Time magazine named "All My Friends" one of The 10 Best Songs of 2007, ranking it at #4.[27]

In 2009 Pitchfork Media named the track "All My Friends", the second best song of the decade,[10] and a month later, Sound of Silver was ranked at #17 in the 2000s albums of the decade list. Rhapsody ranked the album at #5 on its "100 Best Albums of the Decade" list.[28] It was also named the 23rd best album of the decade by Resident Advisor.[29]

In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 395 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[30]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by James Murphy, unless otherwise noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Get Innocuous!"   Murphy, Tyler Pope 7:11
2. "Time to Get Away"   Murphy, Pat Mahoney, Pope 4:11
3. "North American Scum"     5:25
4. "Someone Great"     6:25
5. "All My Friends"   Murphy, Mahoney, Pope 7:37
6. "Us v Them"   Murphy, Mahoney, Pope 8:29
7. "Watch the Tapes"     3:55
8. "Sound of Silver"     7:07
9. "New York, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down"   Murphy, Mahoney, Pope 5:35

Personnel[edit]

1. Get Innocuous!

  • James Murphy - Drums, Vocals, Programming, Piano, Synthesizer
  • Tyler Pope - Guitar
  • Nancy Whang - Vocals

2. Time to Get Away

  • James Murphy - Vocals, Bass, Percussion, Guitar, Clavinet, Organ, Casio
  • Pat Mahoney - Drums

3. North American Scum

  • James Murphy - Drums, Vocals, Organ, Programming, Percussion, Claps, Guitar, Bass
  • Tyler Pope - Bass
  • Nancy Whang - Vocals
  • Eric Broucek - Claps
  • Marcus Lambkin - Claps

4. Someone Great

  • James Murphy - Synthesizer, Programming, Vocals, Glockenspiel

5. All My Friends

  • James Murphy - Drums, Vocals, Bass, Piano, Synthesizer, Guitar, Electronic Percussion

6. Us v Them

  • James Murphy - Vocals, Percussion, Drum Machine, Claps
  • Nancy Whang - Vocals
  • Tyler Pope - Bass, Guitar, Drum Machine, Claps
  • Eric Broucek - Vocals
  • Pat Mahoney - Drums, Percussion, Claps

7. Watch the Tapes

  • James Murphy - Drums, Bass, Guitar, Claps, Percussion, Vocals, Piano, Casio
  • Pat Mahoney - Vocals

8. Sound of Silver

  • James Murphy - Drums, Vocals, Bass, Kalimba, Claps, Percussion, Synthesizer, Programming, Piano

9. New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down

  • James Murphy - Vocals, Guitar, Synthesizer
  • Tyler Pope - Bass, Guitar
  • Pat Mahoney - Drums, Percussion
  • Morgan Wiley - Piano
  • Justin Chearno - Guitar
  • Jane Scarpantoni - Cello
  • Lorenza Ponce - Violin
  • Amy Kimball - Violin
  • David Gold - Viola

References[edit]

  1. ^ sounds like silver : lcd soundsystem remixed
  2. ^ Katie Hasty, "Modest Mouse Steers Its 'Ship' To No. 1 Debut", Billboard.com, March 28, 2007.
  3. ^ CD liner notes.
  4. ^ "Sound Of Silver - LCD Soundsystem". Metacritic. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ Kellman, Andy. "LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  6. ^ Adams, Jason (March 16, 2007). "Sound of Silver (2007): LCD Soundsystem". Entertainment Weekly. 
  7. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (March 8, 2007). "LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver". The Guardian. 
  8. ^ Hogwood, Ben (March 12, 2007). "LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver". musicOMH. 
  9. ^ Jonze, Tim (March 9, 2007). "LCD Soundsystem: Sound Of Silver". NME. Archived from the original on August 30, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c Pytlik, Mark (March 20, 2007). "LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver". Pitchfork Media. 
  11. ^ superskabro (April 13, 2007). "LCD Soundsystem: Sound Of Silver (2007)". Punknews.org. 
  12. ^ Christgau, Robert. "LCD Soundsystem". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
  13. ^ Ringen, Jonathan (9 March 2007). "LCD Soundsystem: Sound Of Silver". Rolling Stone. 
  14. ^ Walters, Barry. "LCD Soundsystem: 'Sound Of Silver'". Spin. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
  15. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (March 9, 2007). "LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver". The Guardian. 
  16. ^ Pitchfork staff (August 21, 2009). "The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s". Pitchfork Media. 
  17. ^ "Metacritic: Best Albums of 2007". Metacritic. Archived from the original on January 2, 2008. 
  18. ^ "50th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominations List". grammy.com. Archived from the original on December 8, 2007. 
  19. ^ "2007's Best Albums" The Guardian. December 7, 2007.
  20. ^ Harvell, Jess (November 30, 2007). ""Uncut" Sings The Praises Of Sound Of Silver". Archived from the original on December 1, 2007. 
  21. ^ Diver, Mike (23 December 2007). "DiS's albums of 2007". drownedinsound.com. 
  22. ^ Pitchfork Staff (December 17, 2007). "Top 100 Tracks of 2007". Pitchfork Media. p. 10. 
  23. ^ Pitchfork Staff (December 18, 2007). "Top 50 Albums of 2007". Pitchfork Media. p. 5. 
  24. ^ Christgau, Robert; Fricke, David; Hoard, Christian; Sheffield, Rob (December 17, 2007). "Top 50 Albums of 2007". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 26, 2007. 
  25. ^ "The Best (and Worst) Albums of 2007". EW.com. Archived from the original on December 29, 2007. 
  26. ^ "Idolator Pop 07: Albums". idolator.com. Archived from the original on January 18, 2008. 
  27. ^ Josh Tyrangiel (9 December 2007). "Top 10 Songs - Top 10 Everything of 2007". Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  28. ^ "Rhapsody's 100 Best Albums of the Decade". rhapsody.com. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  29. ^ "Top 100 albums of the '00s". Resident Advisor. January 25, 2010. Retrieved March 19, 2010. 
  30. ^ Wenner, Jann S., ed. (2012). Rolling Stone - Special Collectors Issue - The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. USA: Wenner Media Specials. ISBN 978-7098934196

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