Sound of Silver

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Sound of Silver
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver.jpg
Studio album by
Released12 March 2007 (2007-03-12)
ProducerThe DFA
LCD Soundsystem chronology
Sound of Silver
A Bunch of Stuff
LCD Soundsystem studio albums chronology
LCD Soundsystem
Sound of Silver
This Is Happening
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 studio album by American dance-punk band LCD Soundsystem. The album was released in the United Kingdom on March 12, 2007 under Capitol Records and in the United States on March 20, 2007 under DFA Records. Sound of Silver was produced by the DFA and recorded during 2006 at Long View Farm in North Brookfield, Massachusetts and DFA Studios in New York, New York.

Upon release, Sound of Silver received acclaim from music critics, and it was later nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.

Recording and composition[edit]

Murphy recorded Sound of Silver at the Long View Farm in Massachusetts, where Keith Richards had recorded Lost Sessions in 1981. Murphy had also recorded LCD Soundsystem's eponymous debut album at Long View. Murphy was uncomfortable recording his own vocals, calling the experience "horrifying".[1] Murphy covered the entire studio in silver fabric and tin foil. For the recording of LCD Soundsystem's following album This Is Happening, Murphy brought one of the original pieces of silver fabric to the album's recording studio in Los Angeles and hung it in Rick Rubin's recording den, the Mansion.[1]

Musically, Sound of Silver has been described as dance-punk,[2][3] dance-rock,[4][5][6] electronica,[7][8] electronic rock,[8][9] and indie rock.[10] The song "Someone Great" takes its instrumental from one part of the band's six-part, 46-minute long 2006 composition "45:33".[11] The album was dedicated to "the memory of Dr. George Kamen (1942–2006), one of the great minds of his or any generation."[12] The Bulgarian-born doctor was a pioneer of group therapy and had opened a practice in New York City.


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.[13]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[15]
The A.V. ClubB+[16]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[17]
The Guardian5/5 stars[18]
Los Angeles Times4/4 stars[19]
Q4/5 stars[22]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[23]
Spin4.5/5 stars[24]

Sound of Silver received widespread critical acclaim and holds a score of 86 out of 100 on the review aggregate site Metacritic, based on reviews from 41 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[14] The Guardian's Dorian Lynskey singled out the "devastating emotional punch" of "Someone Great" and "All My Friends" for praise and described the album as "dance-rock for grown-ups: extraordinary."[18] Andy Kellman of AllMusic felt that Sound of Silver, compared to LCD Soundsystem, was "less silly, funnier, less messy, sleeker, less rowdy, more fun, less distanced, more touching."[15] Los Angeles Times critic Ann Powers wrote that Murphy "succeeds by stretching in two directions -- finding a new musical center, and showing his humanity beyond the laughs."[19] Mark Pytlik of Pitchfork complimented Murphy's production sense and the album's "deep, spacious, and full-blooded" sound, concluding that "it's an absolute joy to listen to, for every possible reason, not the least of which is because, these days, those epiphanies feel like they're coming fewer and farther between."[21]

Tim Jonze of NME wrote that while "Murphy's wise enough never to let his showing off spoil the fun, he can't avoid investing these songs with heart and soul ... that's what'll keep you hooked long after the beats have worn you out".[25] Uncut's John Mulvey stated that "Murphy's talent is to proudly flaunt his influences, and to mix them up with belligerence, an exhilarating grasp of rock and dance dynamics, and a powerfully snarky sense of humour."[26] Robert Christgau, writing in MSN Music, remarked that the album contained "one song so irresistible it makes you think the other tracks are songs too, which sometimes they are,"[27] later assigning it a two-star honorable mention rating.[28]

By the end of 2007, it was ranked by Metacritic as the tenth best-reviewed album of the year.[29]


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.[30] As of January 2016, the album has sold about 225,000 copies in United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. About 123,000 of those are physical copies, and about 101,000 of those are digital copies.[31] The album reached number 28 on the UK charts.


In December 2007, Sound of Silver was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album, eventually losing to We Are the Night by The Chemical Brothers.[32] The album was also 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,[33] Uncut[34] and Drowned in Sound.[35] Pitchfork named two of the album's tracks ("Someone Great" and "All My Friends") in the top ten tracks of 2007[36] and the album itself was named the second best album of 2007.[37] Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone[38] both ranked it as the 7th best album of 2007.[39] 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.[40] Time magazine named "All My Friends" one of The 10 Best Songs of 2007, ranking it at #4.[41] The album placed fifth in The Wire's annual critics' poll.[42]

In 2009, Pitchfork named the track "All My Friends" as the second best song of the decade,[43] while a month later Sound of Silver was ranked at number 17 in the website's list of the best albums of the 2000s. Rhapsody ranked the album at number five on its "100 Best Albums of the Decade" list.[44] It was also named the twenty-third best album of the decade by Resident Advisor.[45]

In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 395 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[46] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[47] [48]

Track listing[edit]

1."Get Innocuous!"7:11
2."Time to Get Away"
  • Murphy
  • Patrick Mahoney
  • Pope
3."North American Scum"Murphy5:25
4."Someone Great"Murphy6:25
5."All My Friends"
  • Murphy
  • Mahoney
  • Pope
6."Us v Them"
  • Murphy
  • Mahoney
  • Pope
7."Watch the Tapes"Murphy3:55
8."Sound of Silver"Murphy7:07
9."New York, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down"
  • Murphy
  • Mahoney
  • Pope


Credits adapted from liner notes.


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[49] 26
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[50] 74
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[51] 40
French Albums (SNEP)[52] 89
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[53] 80
Italian Albums (FIMI)[54] 45
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[55] 39
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[56] 19
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[57] 60
UK Albums (OCC)[58] 28
US Billboard 200[59] 46
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[60] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Rank
US Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[61] 8


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[62] Gold 100,000^

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

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Mossman is credited as a member of the band during recording, but is not attributed to any contributions.
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  62. ^ "British album certifications – LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved August 16, 2017. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Sound of Silver in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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