LCD Soundsystem (album)

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LCD Soundsystem
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Studio album by LCD Soundsystem
Released January 24, 2005
Recorded 2001–04
Studio Long View Farm
(North Brookfield, Massachusetts)
Plantain Recording House
(New York, New York)
Genre
Length 47:04
100:22 (double-disc version)
Label DFA
Producer The DFA
LCD Soundsystem chronology
LCD Soundsystem
(2005)
Introns
(2006)
Singles from LCD Soundsystem
  1. "Losing My Edge"
    Released: July 8, 2002
  2. "Give It Up"
    Released: July 28, 2003
  3. "Yeah"
    Released: January 12, 2004
  4. "Movement"
    Released: November 8, 2004
  5. "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House"
    Released: February 21, 2005
  6. "Disco Infiltrator"
    Released: June 6, 2005
  7. "Tribulations"
    Released: September 27, 2005

LCD Soundsystem is the debut studio album by American dance-punk act LCD Soundsystem, released in January 2005 by DFA Records. Some editions contained two discs: the LP itself with new songs and a second disc featuring singles released since 2002. The album was nominated for the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album.[1]

The songs on the LP are vary widely in genre, including acid house, post-disco,[2] dance-rock, post-punk, alternative rock, garage rock, psychedelic pop.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 86/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Alternative Press 5/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[6]
Entertainment Weekly A–[7]
NME 8/10[3]
Pitchfork Media 8.2/10[8]
PopMatters 9/10 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[10]
Spin B+[11]
Uncut 5/5 stars[12]

LCD Soundsystem received widespread acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 86, based on 35 reviews.[3]

AllMusic reviewer Andy Kellman said that the album "has few weak spots and unfolds smoothly as you listen to it from beginning to end."[4] Dominique Leone of Pitchfork Media criticized the record for not meeting the expectations set by the band's early singles, saying that "there aren't very many surprises here, either in the bank of sounds Murphy pulls out, or in how he uses them." Leone went on to award the album the website's "Best New Music" accolade, but concluded that it contained "plenty of good-not-great stuff" and said that it was "unfocused".[8] In his review for Rolling Stone, Barry Walters said that the record showed that LCD Soundsystem were "both underground hitmakers and bona fide album artists."[10] Drowned in Sound critic Gareth Dobson called it "a disparate yet cohesive collection of songs" and said that "the majority of LCD Soundsystem is an excellent thump into 2005."[13]

PopMatters' Matt Cibula praised the inclusion of the second disc of previously released material, but stated that "the real gems are to be found on the new stuff" and called it "a great record."[9] Rob Ortenzi of Alternative Press described LCD Soundsystem as "an album that will survive the fleeting tastes of cosmopolitan hipsters" and stated that "in two records' time, Murphy will be as respected as the Sugar Hill Gang, Brian Eno and Suicide."[5] No Ripcord‍ '​s Ben Bollig said that the album had "all the makings of a modern classic" and that "LCD Soundsystem is knowing and knowledgeable, inspired and inspirational. Intellectual without being snotty, encyclopaedic yet accessible, it takes the seemingly stalled electro model and kick-starts it into outer space."[14]

Accolades[edit]

Online music magazine Pitchfork Media placed LCD Soundsystem at number 113 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[15] It was also named the fifth best album of the decade by Resident Advisor.[16] No Ripcord placed it at number 63 on their list of the Top 100 Albums of 2000–2009.[17]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by James Murphy unless otherwise noted.

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House" – 5:16
  2. "Too Much Love" – 5:42
  3. "Tribulations" – 4:59
  4. "Movement" – 3:04
  5. "Never as Tired as When I'm Waking Up" – 4:49
  6. "On Repeat" – 8:01
  7. "Thrills" – 3:42
  8. "Disco Infiltrator" – 4:56
  9. "Great Release" – 6:35

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Losing My Edge" – 7:51
  2. "Beat Connection" (Murphy, Tim Goldsworthy) – 8:08
  3. "Give It Up" – 3:55
  4. "Tired" (Murphy, Pat Mahoney) – 3:34
  5. "Yeah" (Crass Version) (Murphy, Goldsworthy) – 9:21
  6. "Yeah" (Pretentious Version) (Murphy, Goldsworthy) – 11:06
  7. "Yr City's a Sucker" (Full Version) – 9:22

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mason, Kerri (February 11, 2006). "Awards Divide Dancefloor". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media) 118 (6): 82. ISSN 00062510. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ Doug, Rule (February 23, 2005). "Hipster Hits". Metro Weekly. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "LCD Soundsystem". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Ortenzi, Rob (October 11, 2005). "Onetime indie stalwart revels in dance-punk, spreads dual epidemics of fun, creativity.". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on March 2, 2006. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: LCD Soundsystem". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
  7. ^ Browne, David (February 21, 2005). "LCD Soundsystem". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Leone, Dominique (February 2, 2005). "LCD Soundsystem: LCD Soundsystem". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Cibula, Matt (February 11, 2005). "LCD Soundsystem: self-titled". PopMatters. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Walters, Barry (February 24, 2005). "LCD Soundsystem: LCD Soundsystem". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on January 13, 2009. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  11. ^ Caramanica, Jon (March 2005). "Reviews". Spin 21 (3): 88–91. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  12. ^ "LCD Soundsystem". Uncut: 74. February 2005. 
  13. ^ Dobson, Gareth (January 19, 2005). "Album Review: LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  14. ^ Bollig, Ben (April 9, 2005). "LCD Soundsystem: LCD Soundsystem". No Ripcord. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  15. ^ Pitchfork staff (September 28, 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200–151". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Top 100 albums of the '00s". Resident Advisor. January 25, 2010. Retrieved March 19, 2010. 
  17. ^ Stevens, Craig (July 10, 2012). "Top 100 Albums of 2000–2009 (Part Four: 80–61)". No Ripcord. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 

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