LCD Soundsystem (album)

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LCD Soundsystem
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Studio album by LCD Soundsystem
Released January 24, 2005 (2005-01-24)
Recorded 2002–04
Studio
Genre
Length
  • 47:08 (standard version)
  • 100:29 (double-disc version)
Label
Producer The DFA
LCD Soundsystem chronology
LCD Soundsystem
(2005)
Introns
(2006)
LCD Soundsystem studio albums chronology
LCD Soundsystem
(2005) LCD Soundsystem2005
Sound of Silver
(2007) Sound of Silver2007
Singles from LCD Soundsystem
  1. "Losing My Edge"
    Released: July 8, 2002
  2. "Give It Up"
    Released: July 28, 2003
  3. "Yeah"
    Released: January 13, 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 self-titled debut studio album by American rock band LCD Soundsystem. It was released on 24 January 2005 through DFA. The album encompases genres that range from dance-punk to electronica. The album was critically acclaimed upon release and was nominated for the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album.[3] Many singles were released to promote the album, including the band's breakout "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House", which reached number one on the UK Dance Chart in March, 2005.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic86/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[5]
Blender5/5 stars[6]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[7]
The Guardian3/5 stars[8]
NME8/10[9]
Pitchfork8.2/10[10]
Q4/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[12]
SpinB+[13]
Uncut5/5 stars[14]

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.[4]

Andy Kellman of AllMusic wrote that LCD Soundsystem "has few weak spots and unfolds smoothly as you listen to it from beginning to end."[5] In his review for Rolling Stone, Barry Walters said that the album showed that LCD Soundsystem were "both underground hitmakers and bona fide album artists."[12] 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."[15] Simon Reynolds, writing in Blender, wrote that the album's "influences meld to form a seductive — if clearly deeply conflicted — self."[6] While expressing disappointment that the album did not fully meet the expectations set by the band's early singles and lacked "very many surprises here, either in the bank of sounds Murphy pulls out, or in how he uses them", Dominique Leone of Pitchfork went on to award LCD Soundsystem the website's "Best New Music" accolade, though still concluding that it contained "plenty of good-not-great stuff" and was "a tad unfocused".[10] Assigning the album a one-star honorable mention rating, Robert Christgau of The Village Voice noted Murphy's alternation between "dance guy or rock guy, optimist or cynic".[16][17]

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 LCD Soundsystem "a great record."[18] 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 Sugarhill Gang, Brian Eno and Suicide."[19] 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."[20]

Accolades[edit]

Online music magazine Pitchfork placed LCD Soundsystem at number 113 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[21] It was also named the fifth best album of the decade by Resident Advisor.[22] No Ripcord placed it at number 63 on their list of the Top 100 Albums of 2000–2009.[23]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by James Murphy, except where noted.

Disc one
No.TitleLength
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
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Losing My Edge" 7:51
2."Beat Connection"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]

Charts[edit]

As of January 2016, the album has sold about 147,000 copies in United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. About 91,400 of those are physical copies, and about 55,100 of those are digital copies.[24]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[25] 6
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[26] 47
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[27] 28
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[28] 40
French Albums (SNEP)[29] 51
Italian Albums (FIMI)[30] 50
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[31] 18
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[32] 41
UK Albums (OCC)[33] 20
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[34] 6

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ McCormick, Neil (May 13, 2010). "LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening, CD review". The Telegraph. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Tucker, Ken (March 15, 2007). "LCD Soundsystem Evolves with 'Sound of Silver'". NPR. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  3. ^ Mason, Kerri (February 11, 2006). "Awards Divide Dancefloor". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 118 (6): 82. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Reviews for LCD Soundsystem by LCD Soundsystem". Metacritic. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem". AllMusic. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Reynolds, Simon (March 2005). "LCD Soundsystem: LCD Soundsystem". Blender (34): 141. Archived from the original on March 6, 2005. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  7. ^ Browne, David (February 21, 2005). "LCD Soundsystem". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  8. ^ Costa, Maddy (January 7, 2005). "LCD Soundsystem, LCD Soundsystem". The Guardian. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  9. ^ "LCD Soundsystem: LCD Soundsystem". NME: 50. January 22, 2005.
  10. ^ a b Leone, Dominique (February 2, 2005). "LCD Soundsystem: LCD Soundsystem". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  11. ^ "LCD Soundsystem: LCD Soundsystem". Q (223): 96. February 2005.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Caramanica, Jon (March 2005). "LCD Soundsystem: LCD Soundsystem". Spin. 21 (3): 88–91. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  14. ^ "LCD Soundsystem: LCD Soundsystem". Uncut (93): 74. February 2005.
  15. ^ Dobson, Gareth (January 19, 2005). "Album Review: LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  16. ^ Christgau, Robert (February 14, 2006). "Consumer Guide: Forever Young". The Village Voice. Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  17. ^ Christgau, Robert. "LCD Soundsystem: LCD Soundsystem". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  18. ^ Cibula, Matt (February 11, 2005). "LCD Soundsystem: self-titled". PopMatters. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ Bollig, Ben (April 9, 2005). "LCD Soundsystem: LCD Soundsystem". No Ripcord. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  21. ^ Pitchfork staff (September 28, 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200–151". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 1, 2009.
  22. ^ "Top 100 albums of the '00s". Resident Advisor. January 25, 2010. Retrieved March 19, 2010.
  23. ^ Stevens, Craig (July 10, 2012). "Top 100 Albums of 2000–2009 (Part Four: 80–61)". No Ripcord. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  24. ^ Molanphy, Chris (January 22, 2016). "Can LCD Soundsystem Finally Fulfill James Murphy's Dream of a Number One Album?". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  25. ^ "Ultratop.be – LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  26. ^ "Ultratop.be – LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  27. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  28. ^ "LCD Soundsystem: LCD Soundsystem" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  29. ^ "Lescharts.com – LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  30. ^ "Italiancharts.com – LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  31. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  32. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  33. ^ "LCD Soundsystem | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  34. ^ "LCD Soundsystem Chart History (Top Dance/Electronic Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  35. ^ "British album certifications – LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved August 16, 2017. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type LCD Soundsystem in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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