LCD Soundsystem

One of the best albums of 2011

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An album which seemed much overlooked and undiscovered but, because of that, was all the more fantastic to find. A rare gem, it seemed to me at the time, and I cradled its tunes like a baby cradles their new rattle at night. And at night is when this music really hits you, when it weights heavy on your soul. Its got the power to creep up on you, twist your backbone inside out and somehow leave you with a pleasant drowsy warm feeling lingering in your head.

A splendid album with some songs which seem much too mature for its young author. They build and break like waves upon the shore. When they burst, they either flow over you with deep melodies or break off frenetically, with chords and notes spluttering – but rarely in an uncontrolled way. This last mention is partly a shame though, as it’d almost be nice to see young Trevor Powers – only 24 – loose his inhibitions and let a bit of madness exhibit the steady momentum in his build-ups.

All the less, its a truly rewarding album which listen after listen will only compliment. Also I’d say it needs a few listens to realise the depth of its power and resonance, at first glance I even found some of the synth motifs to be slightly annoying. However, more listens revealed its inner beauty, as is the case with many fine albums such as LCD Soundsystem’s This is Happening, for example.

Have a listen to July, one of the stand out tracks on the album.

Enjoy

Monk Chris

Devout in all matters of music, a practising monk who invites musicians to play at his monastery and pays them in fine wine and cheese, he's steeped in wisdom and knowledge. Truly a Polymath, he'll enlighten you with his knowledge.
Devout in all matters of music, a practising monk who invites musicians to play at his monastery and pays them in fine wine and cheese, he’s steeped in wisdom and knowledge. Truly a Polymath, he’ll enlighten you with his knowledge