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Wednesday, July 24, 2024

CD review: LCD Soundsystem

Artist: LCD Soundsystem

Album: This is Happening

Label: DFA Records

Rating: 5

Summer’s inching closer, and LCD Soundsystem’s latest album This is Happening may just be the perfect summer jam.

In his third album, one-man show James Murphy eases into each track with hypnotic instrumentals, later exploding the hazy feel with jackhammering synths.

Murphy teases us with his staccato singing-style in the opening track, “Dance Yrself Clean,” until the 3 minute-mark when the drums, synths and vocals pick up. Even LCD Soundsystem’s infamous cowbell from past track “Daft Punk is Playing at My House” makes several noticeable re-appearances.

The majority of the tracks run over six minutes, but they don’t feel like they’re dragging on too long. Think of each track being like the progression of a dance party – starting out slower, then picking itself up as the night goes on and you fall into a complete and utter trance.

Give these tracks a listen: “You Wanted a Hit”, “Dance Yrself Clean” and “I Can Change”

For fans of: TV on the Radio, Caribou

– Uyen Cao


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