LCD Soundsystem (album)

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LCD Soundsystem
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ReleasedJanuary 24, 2005 (2005-01-24)
Recorded2002–2004
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)
Sound of Silver
(2007)
Singles from LCD Soundsystem
  1. "Movement"
    Released: November 8, 2004
  2. "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House"
    Released: February 21, 2005
  3. "Disco Infiltrator"
    Released: June 6, 2005
  4. "Tribulations"
    Released: September 27, 2005

LCD Soundsystem is the debut studio album by American rock band LCD Soundsystem. It was released on January 24, 2005, jointly through DFA and Capitol Records in the United States and EMI elsewhere. The album encompasses genres that range from dance-punk to electronica to indie rock to dance music. The album was critically acclaimed upon release and was nominated for the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album. [4] 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.

Contents

Reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 86/100 [5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [6]
Blender Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [7]
Entertainment Weekly A− [8]
The Guardian Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [9]
NME 8/10 [10]
Pitchfork 8.2/10 [11]
Q Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [12]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [13]
Spin B+ [14]
Uncut Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [15]

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. [5]

Andy Kellman of AllMusic wrote that LCD Soundsystem "has few weak spots and unfolds smoothly as you listen to it from beginning to end." [6] 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." [13] 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." [16] Simon Reynolds, writing in Blender , wrote that the album's "influences meld to form a seductive — if clearly deeply conflicted — self." [7] 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". [11] 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". [17] [18]

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." [19] 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." [20] 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." [21]

Accolades

Online music magazine Pitchfork placed LCD Soundsystem at number 113 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s. [22] It was also named the fifth best album of the decade by Resident Advisor . [23] No Ripcord placed it at number 63 on their list of the Top 100 Albums of 2000–2009. [24]

Track listing

All tracks are 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 [upper-alpha 1]
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

Charts

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. [26]

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI) [38] Gold100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Notes

  1. Disc 2 features previously released singles and their B-sides. [25]

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