| Sound of Silver
Remember when disco sucked? Remember a time long, long ago, when no self-respecting rock fan would dare acknowledge any sounds directed at a dance floor? LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy definitely remembers. And hes very, very sorry.
Theres a particular liberation at the heart of Sound of Silver
: Its the sound of someone who only discovered the power of dance music recently, after taking E for the first time and having an epiphany over a Carl Craig record. Sound of Silver
is the best dance record in years for people who dont like dance music. Where LCDs eponymous debut felt oddly restrained, SOS
is a sweaty, uninhibited revelation.
Like any music geek worth his 12-inch collection, Murphy chooses reference points that are both astute and a little obvious: He makes quantum leaps on opening number Get Innocuous, referencing a wide sonic swath that includes Lodger
-era Bowie, Kraftwerk and even his own music-snob-baiting early single, Losing My Edge, in just over seven propulsive minutes. North American Scum turns the self-loathing hipster stance into a Jesus Christ pose and makes it sound like the best party ever. The jumpy, piano-powered All My Friends is the most majestic moment LCDs produced yet, a slow-burning crescendo that crashes with the force of Arcade Fire at their most epic. Sound of Silver
ends on an oddly earnest note; Murphy plays like hes the Morrissey of Williamsburg with the wobbly ballad New York I Love You but Youre Bringing Me Down. Oh Brooklyn, so much to answer for . . .