American Dream (stylized in all-lowercase on digital releases) is the fourth studio album by American rock band LCD Soundsystem, released on September 1, 2017, by DFA and Columbia. It was announced on January 5, 2016, the day after it was revealed that the band was reuniting after a disbandment lasting nearly five years. It is the band's first album in seven years, following This Is Happening (2010). This album reached number 1 on the Top Rock Albums chart and was LCD Soundsystem's first record to top the US Billboard 200. Prior to release, LCD Soundsystem performed at large music festivals as well as smaller shows to promote their reunion. "Call the Police" and "American Dream" were released together as the album's lead single on May 5, 2017, and "Tonite" was released as the second single on August 16, 2017. "Oh Baby" was later released as a single on September 20, 2018. The album received widespread acclaim from music critics, appeared on many year-end lists, and was named "Album of the Year" by Mojo and Uncut. The album performed well commercially and became the band's first number-one album in the United States, Canada, and Portugal. At the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, the album was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album and "Tonite" won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.Wikipedia
Putting it simply, I just hated this album. Putting it not so simply... This album sounded like the results of a music comp teacher telling their class to create a song that is dance music that you are unable to dance to. It sounds like what Norwegians think peak dance music is. I don't know who this appeals to. It was too atmospheric to groove to. It was too shrill and discordant to chill to. There were a couple parts of a couple songs that I actually liked, but the songs are soooooo long, it was like going to a theme park when it's too busy and you stand in line for 2 hours for a 30 second ride. As the final 12 minute song wore on, all I could think about was how much I wanted it to end, like it was the last 5 minutes of a lecture and I really have to pee. Does this album belong on the list of 1001 albums you need to listen to before you die? No, I guess? It was released in 2017, a time in which there is practically infinite music. It's better than the stuff I hear when I put Bandcamp on shuffle, but that's about all I can say about it. Listen to something else. My personal enjoyment: 0.5/5 Does it belong on this list: 1/5
Pussy bustin' fun. That's the real American dream. Just getting paid and getting laid.
4.5, but honestly, cant really find any major flaws with the album. Great mixture of energetic tracks with slower ballads, with super dense instrumentation.
Over an hour of unflappably midtempo disco rock - occasionally stimulating, other times embarrassing - over which James Murphy grouses that 'I've got nothing to say', 'I can't get out of bed', 'Keep your thoughts to yourself' and 'I've been misunderstood', his bland voice pushed forward just enough that it doesn't get lost in the dirge-thump. There are smarter lyrics in here than the ones I've quoted, but these represent the main case statement: that the band intends to make a virtue out of having nothing much to say.
Despite loving their previous albums, this passed me by in 2017 (HOW?), and absolutely loved listening to this. A tiny bit of filler towards the end but the darkness it descends into is an enjoyable ride.
First track starts with a dope intro like the song is gonna drop the bass or something. It dropped some sweet fat synths reminiscent of 80s synths. The haunting male vocals come in softly and there is a nice soundscape going on with arpeggios and pads. Great track and build up was dope. 4/5 Second song, "other voices" there's a good dance track it is bumping it has a good baseline and the lyrics are kind of not important so you can dance along to it there's a little bit of variety introduced with some guitar work and synthesizers the good thing is the track is steady all the way throughout. In "I Used To" the band has another awesome dance track that you can listen to and get lost in. There are sweeping synths that jump from the background to the foreground, the tempo is perfect. Then the guitar that comes in perfectly timed gives a chance to energize the song and climax. Love the vocals and the deep deep reverbs and delays used throughout. number 4, "change yr mind" starts off with a track. Then goes into full industrial electronica, with harsh and unrelenting brasses and synths. Black screen is such a great song. I listened to the album and second time around on a better sound system and it was an improvement. 4/5 stars good solid electronic/dance album
I’d love to sit in a pub with James Murphy and just talk about obscure music but I know if I ever got the chance I’d instantly find myself massively out of my musical depth and feel deeply ashamed for having only the most superficial knowledge about anything. I love LCD Soundsystem. Was gutted when they split up but was really pleased to see them come back and then bring out this cracking album. I probably prefer their first album to this one but I think that’s only because it just sounded so different and exciting when I first heard it. You could make a strong case for this being objectively a better album than their first album but as we don’t have to rank them I guess I’ll just stop agonising over it, give it four stars and move on with my life.
Why not offer "Sound of Silver" here instead of "american dream"? This comeback record feels wary, restrained, earnest, even (omg) unironic. Karaoke with your boss instead of drunk with your friends. SoS was brilliant, snarky, fun and genuine. I hope/wish that it will show up on this list instead. But then you wonder if the energy and snark of SoS would be sustainable - if LCD should even bother making any other records and just quit and get jobs as accountants (pointing at you Emma Anderson). I can appreciate the joy of creation and artistic development, but there is also the stuffiness of playing one encore too many. My rating here is relative to SoS, not that ad was so bad, just that SoS was so great.
9/10 sad, back with a vengeance, some of the best tracks they've made, some that's samey
track one is strongly reminiscent of The Big Pink, who i love. track 2 is much more talking heads...who i also love. at one point, i swear heard devo in there somewhere. first track was definitely a winner, as was the last (which was amazing!), but overall i really appreciated the diversity of sound on this one.
When I saw this was the daily album my immediate thought was "ooh, I love LCD Soundsystem, but why would you include the worst of their four studio albums on this list??" Having since listened to it 5 times in 24 hours, I'm prepared to revise the second half of that statement (although I do still think sound of silver is better). The albums we've had so far have taken a variety of approaches to the problem of where they put the best track - we've had starting strong, finishing strong, and hiding your killer piano riff somewhere in the middle of 30 minutes of mediocrity. The American Dream approach is to build up, slowly at first, to the absolute behemoth that is tonite. The 5 track run from change yr mind to the title track might be the best example of how to direct the energy flow throughout an album I've ever heard. My only knock on this album is that I don't feel that it sticks the landing, with emotional haircut/black screen being the weakest duo on the album (pulse wasn't on the original tracklist). If I wasn't such a massive fan of this kind of music in general and of James Murphy in particular, that might be enough to knock it out of my top records.
Can, Suicide, Captain Beefheart, Daft Punk, CBGB, Paradise Garage, Larry Levan, The Peech Boys, Modern Lovers, Niagara, Detroit techno, Yaz, and ends with "But have you seen my records?" and a list of the following: This Heat, Pere Ubu, Outsiders, Nation of Ulysses, Mars, Trojans, Black Dice (referred to as 'The Black Dice'), Todd Terry, the Germs, Section 25, Althea & Donna, Sexual Harassment, a-ha, Dorothy Ashby, PIL, The Fania All-Stars, The Bar-Kays, The Human League, The Normal, Lou Reed, Scott Walker, Monks, Niagara, Joy Division, Laurent Garnier, The Creation, Sun Ra, Scientists, Royal Trux, 10cc, Rammelzee, Eric B. and Rakim, The Index, Basic Channel, Soulsonic Force ("Just hit me!"), Juan Atkins, Manuel Göttsching, David Axelrod, Electric Prunes, Gil Scott-Heron, The Slits, Faust, Mantronix, Pharoah Sanders, The Fire Engines, Swans (referred to as 'The Swans'), Soft Cell (referred to as 'The Soft Cell') and The Sonics (repeated four times)
While this feels like lesser LCD Soundsystem, it’s still fantastic LCD Soundsystem.
This is a great exmample of modern western music. Pulling out all the tricks, this album is filled to the brim with pops and clicks and spare synth noises which gives it a more classic techno sound all while blending some thin melody and a driving bass line though the whole album. The song construction though not the most innovative, does feel like a fresh callback to a style of early Brian Eno, all while bringing that sound into a post EDM world.
How did this come out in 2017? I saw them at festivals in this era and it just felt much “older” as does this album. Not in a bad, I just mean from another era. An era that I happen to like. This one didn’t come alive for me until “how do you sleep?” It made me realize I needed to turn up the volume. This music just needs to be louder.
The title track was when I lost all faith. It uses the keyboard melody from Circus of Death, the B-side to the Human League's first single, and a macabre Ballardian bit of gloomsynth. It's pretty much my fave Human League track, even if it sounds faintly silly sausage. And its inclusion here would be the worst instance of record-collection rock possessing an allusion instead of a soul, were it not for the very same song ending with the same drum pattern as Joy Division's New Dawn Fades. Musicianshipwise, it's hard to chastise the album. Philosophically, you should lace up your Doc Martens and aim for the face. This is an album that not only draws inspiration from post-punk, it draws music from post-punk. On my first listen, to my recollection, I spotted Suicide, Talking Heads, the Pop Group, Gang of Four, Kraftwerk, the forementioned Human League, Joy Division numerous times, New Order duh, and worst of all, in leader James Murphy's vocal stylings, Bono. I can feel some querying why I didn't spot This Heat or the Slits. This isn't a homage to post-punk, it's a betrayal. Post-punk didn't bow towards the Easter Island statues of the past, it asserted the shock of the new. It embraced contemporary trends, from dub to disco, and distorted them through its cracked prism. By offering an album crammed with nickings from post-punk bands, all LCD Soundsystem provide is a yawn of the obvious. Why should I listen to american dream when I can just listen to Metal Box? Indeed, the title american dream reveals the truism that America doesn't really get the challenge and exploration of post-punk, but just sees it as a trendy style with which to impress girls. And aptly, by such an argument, I outhipster LCD Soundsystem. (I didn't derive the next point by myself, but got it partially from a Washington Post article, yet it's too perfect to ignore; plagiarism seems fitting for an LCD Soundystem review). For all James Murphy's quoting of Ian Curtis and Brian Eno, there's one figure he most resembles. The appeal of James Murphy as a tastemaker is based on his middle-aged uncoolness, which was exactly the pitch of Huey Lewis. Going further, both make a selling point of their awareness and self-mockery of their wackness, and both market towards groups they would claim to disavow, yuppies and hipsters (members of both groups would disavow membership of those groups, uncoincidentally). Both act as if the present isn't happening, and that musical perfection was attained at least a decade prior. And that would be fine for both artists, but it leaves LCD Soundsystem open to this (and let's face it, I'm required to do this now): "You like LCD Soundsystem? Their early work was a little too techno for my taste. But when Sound of Silver came out in '07, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Daft Punk, but I think James Murphy has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor. In '17, James released this: american dream, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is "tonite". A song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the demands of conformity and the mutability of trends. It's also a personal statement about the band itself..."
Nothing new to see here. Others are describing this as an homage to post-punk, but it just comes across as crass plagiarism. The influences are dragged out with too heavy a hand, so it sounds like your local band fired up the drum machine and deciding to "do" Suicide, Eno-Talking Heads, The Cure, Bowie, Sparks, etc. The lyrics attempt pithy with and clever observations but fall apart with bland aa-bb rhyming and obviousness. As with the LCD debut with the Talking Heads/ Being Boiled mashup of "Losing My Edge" a dozen years earlier, it just seems that Murphy must rely on borrowing another's voice instead of finding his own. 2 stars for the fleeting entertainment of playing "who am I this time"
I remember the hype around this band when they were first active. I didn't get them at the time. It just seemed like uninteresting, privileged kid indie rock. Now here I am in 2022 and still unimpressed. Very unimpressed. At least back then they had the song about Daft Punk or whatever which was tolerable. Nothing here is. It's just both bland and annoying. I could've maybe thrown this a 2 if it wasn't so much of a slog to get through. Then when the light at the end of the tunnel appears: a 12 minute borefest to close it out. I don't deserve that, do I? I have no clue why this album would be deemed essential. I have avoided looking at the list as best I can but I assure you far more interesting or better performed albums have been snubbed for this. I have no idea why this is here. It is tofu without marinade, seasoning or what have you. To the Pit of Doom with you.
I think it's interesting because I'm deep enough in this album thing that I feel like I have heard the albums that actually influenced this. Sound system is Striving for a New Order, Siouxsie and the Banshees, synth vibe that it just tottally misses the mark. Shit the instrumentals sound like video game soundtracks from the 90s at times. I want to like, but I think i hate it tbh.
american dream by LCD Soundsystem (2017) Is this the future of music? I hope not. I kept wanting to turn it down. american dream consists of spacious electro pop compositions that are completely unafraid of expanding the tonal range to the limits of human aural perception (especially on the low end), but are musically mechanical and soulless, with their doodad wizardry and droning chord non-progressions. Intentionally discordant voices recite well rehearsed but pointless and awkwardly cadenced phrases that only marginally prompt thought or even puzzlement. The lyrical highlight of the album comes at the end of track six, “tonite” (Somebody tweet e.e. cummings and let him know he’s trending), where we hear LCD Soundsystem Klangmeister James Murphy addressing the studio booth: “It’s gonna have to be good enough; I can’t do this anymore; my brain won’t work.” One might have thought that was obvious. I suppose one could dance to this, if one were an ambisexual automaton, but what’s the point? Perhaps one could put this album on when peeling potatoes or getting a pedicure, maybe simultaneously. Even the (synthetic?) cowbell lacks soul. 1/5
Jimmy forever and ever. Six stars
So freaking dancy its insane
Well I’ve listened to this album too many times before. Highly recommend it. Top 3 tracks for me are Oh Baby, American Dream, Black Screen
All of the sounds
What a beast.
5/5 - this was my first time listening to LCD and it was awesome
Love it, very chill vibes, and the tunes are fantastic
To put it gently, I have aids, big chungus among us cock
10/10, I don’t really know what that was but I loved it It felt like you got The Talking Heads and somehow made it even more weird It really was something special I’m looking forward to listening the rest of their discography
Impossible to listen to this too loud or too many times. Not every song is a banger but they line up in a complex enjoyable way.
This is an excellent album. Tonite is such a banger
Oh Baby and American Dream....so hauntingly good, melancholy nostalgia. Other tracks are fun dance bops for all the hipsters.
Some very fun retro futuristic stuff. This is an album that I think might be best enjoyed late at night while driving with some friends.
Perfect blend of dancey goodness and artsy weirdness. I saw so much buzz for this album when it came out, and honestly it lives up to the hype. I'm gonna have to check more of these guys' stuff out.
Surprisingly enjoyable - Definitely a great album. Seems to me that it's my gateway to LCD Sounsystem
I am not familiar with the LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, but slightly aware of the band’s existence. I do not know what to expect. After listening to AMERICAN DREAM, WOW! my first impression is my being surprised at how much I liked this album. First song reminded me of BAUHAUS (musically), several songs remind me of THE TALKING HEADS, another song reminded of THE CURE, even another of KRAFTWERK. A great sounding mixture of different influences and styles. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, one previous album, SOUND OF SILVER (2007) is included and looking forward to listening to it. Rate Artist: LCD SOUNDSYSTEM (5.0) Rate Album (Year): AMERICAN DREAM (2017 Original) (5.0)
This album has everything
Superchulo. Un cinco comenzando por oh baby
Excellent tunes - great for the working day will listen to some more of their tunes 🤩
Dit is een ronduit geweldig album! De afgelopen jaren al heel vaak gedraaid en elke keer is het weer genieten.
Een van de beste plaatjes van de afgelopen 10 jaar voor mij. Super coole mix van rock en dance!
LCD I love you, but you're bringing me down. Because you haven't released an album in like 5 years! This album really brings out their Talking Heads side and I enjoyed dancing to it.
This is the first time I myself was the one to put on an album by this band, and yet to me they were THE sound of parties in college. Such a good mix of indie rock energy with beats that make you move your feet in a way like you have lost control of them. They are so cool, have such a hip idgaf vibe that makes them stand out out so so well for me. I love on this album that they aren't afraid to squeeze in more layers and textures and synths on top of one another with reckless abandon. All the meanwhile Murphy's soft, high baritone sits behind them and peeks out at just the right times. Everyone has albums that teleport them to periods of time and I think that somehow, and unfortunately, the more you listen to an album that once was cemented as a "teleport" album, the more the concrete bond breaks away- maybe that's why I've avoided playing this album to death because for me it is so strongly tied to college parties at TCNJ and I want to preserve that. Regardless, it's such a killer album.
I remember hearing about this album when it came out but never took the time to really sit with it until now. I loved it! The production is gorgeous - meticulous layers of drums, synths and guitars. Every instrument and layer feels carefully placed but the music still retains a nervy edge. The music owes a lot to early 80's new wave. "Other Voices" and "Change Yr Mind" sound a lot like "Remain in Light"-era Talking Heads, which we had on this list a few months back. And on "How Do You Sleep?", "Call the Police," and "Emotional Haircut," James Murphy sings like Bono on the early U2 albums! For my money, "Tonite" is the centerpiece of the album. There are a lot of lyrics about being middle-aged on the album but I love the sense of humor on this one. The lyrics about how today's pop songs are all about fear of death and mortality cracked me up. LCD Soundsystem clearly tried to make a major statement of an album and for my money they succeeded. The album is a rich, emotional and musical experience with great grooves.
love love love!
Pounding and creative. A real manifesto for this collective
how do you sleep
Very chill vibes, I like it.
9/10 a really amazing album from the edge of electro and rock
I have heard of and maybe heard bits of LCD Soundsystem, but never listened to any of their albums. I immediately liked the music. But it was a real surprise that they sound like what I imagine the Talking Heads would sound like if they had formed in the 21st century. Maybe even with a little David Bowie mixed in. I had gone into this expecting a dance band for a younger crowd, and instead I got something much more experimental and interesting. Then I realized that this band had been around for 15 years when they made this and the lead singer was born in 1970… so much for my musical knowledge… Ignorant expectations aside, giving this a proper listen was something that I should have done a while ago. LCD Soundsystem is doing some really interesting things here and carrying forward some really important musical legacies. I love this album and need to check out more from them.
All the fun of LCD Soundsystem - but elevated and more for your teeth to sink into - the songs are quite epic and go almost into the realm of depeche mode, Bauhaus and the ilk. Great album lovely surprise - hadn’t heard it before.
Skitbra?? Varför har jag aldrig hört det här förut?
How can you not love this album?
Sound of Silver was my number 1 discovery from going through this list last year. Jumped to my most played album of 2022. I had known LCD Soundsystem enough before, could likely name 5 of their songs and at least the name of their albums. I would always tune in whenever they were the musical guest on SNL. 2022 I really made LCD Sound System one of my bands though. I suspect part of it was that my favourite band (Arcade Fire) had some bad press this year and I haven’t sorted my feelings about following them. American Dream is incredible. It sounds so much wider and deeper than their previous albums. Call The Police and other voices I think are my favourites. This one still has that LCD thing where a song is just grooving and pounding along for a while and the second they have a key change your head just explodes. Love it. Really hope they put out a new album. New Body Rhumba they did for White Noise is incredible and deserves the Oscar.
Generally, people are stoked for This is Happening and the self titled album, but this is like a more refined, polished LCD. I don't remember ever listening to it, but I'm just a baby.
I absolutely love this album and have listened to it regularly since its release. What I love about it, above all, is simply the balance of electronic and rock elements and structures. That and the honest and dryly humorous lyrics hit me just right. I find it imminently relatable. And that's perhaps because of where I am in life, and James Murphy's own unconventional trajectory, plus his ability to make the most of being self deprecating. I find it very inspiring.
Fantastisk album, kjempebra å vite at listen har sanger nyere enn 2005
Never really got into LCD; probably because of that daft punk song…. But this is great. Definitely worth exploring further!!
Ok this is NOT my preferred style of music but it was REAAALLY cool. like 70s gary numan-ish vibes but mixed with modern dance beats and stuff that sounds a bit like U2. And considering it goes for almost an hour and a half and I didn't complain about the length.... fuck yeah. 4/5.
pretty nice. the overall vibe is cool and a quirky type of electric music.
Tonite, tonite, tonite. It all has to happen now. The only dance music allowed.
I liked this album more than the previous LCD Soundsystem album that I got through this list. This one felt like the Talking Heads at times, both in terms of the vocal performances and especially the polyrhythms 4/5
I liked this one pretty well. Good mix of singing and music that can play in the background while working. Not pure electronica, but I don't think it's trying to be that in any case. 4 stars.
Se que este álbum tiene que ver algo con Daft Punk, así que vamos a escucharlo. oh baby es lenta, pero disfrutable other voices está buena, es muy movida i used to suena rockera tonite suena a lo que esperaba que seria lcd soundsystem emotional haircut me aburrió black screen un buen final Buen álbum en general, para escucharse en orden
Quite glitchy? But some great moments
Surprised this album is in this list. This is definitely the worst LCD Soundsystem album but even their worst is still very good. 7/10
Good album! I see why people like it but it's not really my shit
I love the singles. "how do you sleep?" is a 9 minute bop. Definitely a good post-punk album.
Alright.. Oddball genius.
I've heard LCD before, never in depth. This album, being in 2017, feels a lot like 80's British Pop, especially on other voices. Funny enough, Apple Music is saying the nods to Talking Heads and 80's post-punk are apparent so I was close. This is an American band but I'm sure the people who made this list heard this album and thought it was British and that's why it's on this list. I don't blame them. I liked change yr mind as well. Fun dance beat.
It's so unusual to get an album from this era to review! Spotify pushed <oh baby> on me for a while but it sounded a bit too much like a bloated U2 anthem to me. Within the context of the other songs though, I like it. Their sound is a nice combination of layered dark EDM and post punk. They mix up the tempo and styles enough, the lyrics are clever and the singer changes his style enough to be bearable for a full album. Not all the songs clicked for me but, they would have been leftovers if this was a vinyl offering.
"Oh you'd write on your hand to remember If someone, if someone would just, pass you a pen" (other voices) "I used to see your hands in their weird positions Used to like your head when you'd watch musicians" (i used to) "Everybody's singing the same song It goes: tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight I never realized these artists thought so much about dying" (tonite) Tremendas letras tiene este disco.
Liked this, no idea why, synthy/ prog rock-y/ pop-y. interesting mix of styles
3.5 not blown away
Oh baby my fave
21st century krautrock and I love me some kraut.
Maccaroni and beef. Fun fact: oh baby is Robert Plant's favourite from this album.
3.5/5 but we'll say 4 cause of oh baby
If I had to list my top 5 genres, synth pop wouldn't make the cut. Not that I don't like it; most of it just doesn't levitate the genre to the top of the heap. This album, however, is top shelf. Why is this? Having vocals that aren't an afterthought really helps the genre imho. Putting into words the reason the music, rather than than vocals, works is harder. With rock I can talk about how good the guitars or drums are and if I say it fast enough, it sounds like I sorta know what I'm talking about. I can't do that with programming. Let's just say the band has a certain amount of confidence and attitude that shows and it drives the tunes. I will seek out other LCD albums to spin. I just need to find a time when I can play them LOUD which is definitely needed. Yeah there were some not so strong points but overall this was solid. 4 or 5 was a coin toss.
Takes a little while to click but a great album and comeback
Interesting. Quite liked.
This was ok if I recall.
Easy listening. Very cool. Feel like I'm in a movie. RJD2 esque.
One of the more consistent LCD albums. Great listen
It's a classic, that seems older than it is? Makes me want to dance.
love love love this weirdness
Nice album, will be listening again
I had heard single LCD Soundsystem songs here and there, never saw the appeal. Sitting and listening to an album front to back I think it clicked a lot better. A lot of reviews mention this is considered a weak album compared to their past work so that makes me really want to seek out some of the other stuff since I liked this quite a bit. They definitely like their very long songs, I think the shortest one clocks in just shy of 5 mins.
Millenial talking heads
Lo que más me impresiona de este disco es que aún sonando como lo que hoy conocemos como metal, no deja de sonar super setentero. Claramente es música de la época pero aún así suena distinta. Hasta dentro de los que piensan distinto, hay gente que piensa distinto y ellos son la prueba, guitarras más graves, temas oscuros y místicos y pese a ser criticado en la época la gente lo consumió. No todo podía ser amor y paz, también hay espacio para espantarnos y tener miedo y qué mejor que hacerlo con los solos de Iommi y la voz de Osbourne. 4.5 Songs: Evil Woman, The Wizard, NIB