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american dream

LCD Soundsystem

2017

american dream

Album Summary

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.

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Rating

3.16

Votes

4763

Genres

  • Rock
  • Post Punk
  • Electronica
  • Indie
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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

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5

Pussy bustin' fun. That's the real American dream. Just getting paid and getting laid.

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1

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.

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5

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.

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4

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.

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4

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

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4

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.

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5

9/10 sad, back with a vengeance, some of the best tracks they've made, some that's samey

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5

Jimmy forever and ever. Six stars

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5

So freaking dancy its insane

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5

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

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5

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.

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5

All of the sounds

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5

What a beast.

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5

great

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5

5/5 - this was my first time listening to LCD and it was awesome

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5

Love it, very chill vibes, and the tunes are fantastic

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5

To put it gently, I have aids, big chungus among us cock

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5

Amazing

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5

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

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5

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.

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5

This is an excellent album. Tonite is such a banger

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5

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.

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5

Oh Baby and American Dream....so hauntingly good, melancholy nostalgia. Other tracks are fun dance bops for all the hipsters.

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5

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.

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5

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.

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5

great album

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5

Surprisingly enjoyable - Definitely a great album. Seems to me that it's my gateway to LCD Sounsystem

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5

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)

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5

This album has everything

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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)

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5

Superchulo. Un cinco comenzando por oh baby

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5

Excellent tunes - great for the working day will listen to some more of their tunes 🤩

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5

Dit is een ronduit geweldig album! De afgelopen jaren al heel vaak gedraaid en elke keer is het weer genieten.

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5

Een van de beste plaatjes van de afgelopen 10 jaar voor mij. Super coole mix van rock en dance!

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5

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.

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5

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.

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5

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.

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5

love love love!

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5

Pounding and creative. A real manifesto for this collective

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5

how do you sleep

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5

Very chill vibes, I like it.

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5

9/10 a really amazing album from the edge of electro and rock

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4

Never really got into LCD; probably because of that daft punk song…. But this is great. Definitely worth exploring further!!

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4

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.

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4

pretty nice. the overall vibe is cool and a quirky type of electric music.

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4

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

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4

Excellent album

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4

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.

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4

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

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4

good

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4

While this feels like lesser LCD Soundsystem, it’s still fantastic LCD Soundsystem.

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4

Quite glitchy? But some great moments

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4

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

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4

Good album! I see why people like it but it's not really my shit

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4

I love the singles. "how do you sleep?" is a 9 minute bop. Definitely a good post-punk album.

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4

Alright.. Oddball genius.

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4

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.

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4

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.

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"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.

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4

Liked this, no idea why, synthy/ prog rock-y/ pop-y. interesting mix of styles

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4

3.5 not blown away

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4

Oh baby my fave

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4

21st century krautrock and I love me some kraut.

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4

Maccaroni and beef. Fun fact: oh baby is Robert Plant's favourite from this album.

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4

3.5/5 but we'll say 4 cause of oh baby

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4

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.

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4

Progressive

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4

Takes a little while to click but a great album and comeback

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4

Interesting. Quite liked.

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4

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.

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4

This was ok if I recall.

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4

Very good!

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4

Easy listening. Very cool. Feel like I'm in a movie. RJD2 esque.

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4

One of the more consistent LCD albums. Great listen

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4

It's a classic, that seems older than it is? Makes me want to dance.

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4

love love love this weirdness

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4

Nice album, will be listening again

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4

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.

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4

Millenial talking heads

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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

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¿Qué tienen en común el Dance Synth Punk, el Indie Hyperpop y el Hip Hop Industrial Experimental? Obviamente que son los géneros con nombres más pretenciosos que puede haber y que suenan de inmediato a la peor basura hipster que puede esperar uno. También tienen en común que son géneros de tres ejemplos de bandas que, a pesar de el posible encasillamiento que se puede hacer en ese sentido, me gustan bastante y siento se les encuentra muchísima calidad e inventiva real en una masa de música moderna amorfa y sin contenido (dejare de tarea cuáles son las otras dos bandas... solo por oírme hipster y seguir la temática). LCD Soundsystem lo conocí por un concierto en vivo de Madison Square Garden que se puede aun encontrar en YouTube, el cual si bien no cambiaría la opinión de alguien que de plano no guste del género, si puede al menos evidenciar que aquí hay calidad y complejidad en la composición. En realidad lo que me extraña es que en esta lista pongan este disco y no alguno de los tres anteriores, los cuales se me hacen excelentes y bastante mejores que este; mi teoría es que querían forzosamente poner algo mucho más actual y, éste siendo 2017 contra el más cercano que era 2010 obviamente fue seleccionado. De todas formas creo es un disco que es muy, muy bueno; si bien las letras son un poco más "seguras" en varios aspectos cuando se compara con letras anteriores todavía se puede notar algún mensaje que quiere dar, si bien un poco brumoso pero ahí está. Musicalmente el disco trae sus influencias a flote total, se siente el sintetizador ochentero de new wave a todo lo que da desde el inicio y mientras progresa y va metiendo otros estilos a las canciones la temática general de una música ochentera "actualizada" no se pierde, llegando incluso en varias ocasiones a meter guitarras y sonidos muy de U2 en su mejor momento. No creo que escuchar el disco cambie la opinión de nadie, pero sí creo que es un trabajo de mucha calidad y, si bien quizá no merecía estar como tal en la lista, vale la pena al menos conocer al grupo.

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4

Had heard several songs off the album but never listened to it in its entirety. Not bad for driving to. Seems like people either love or hate this album.

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4

Экспериментально. Хорошо, но слушать надо подготовленным к 12-ти минутным композициям.

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4

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.

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4

Enjoyed this one. Some nice instrumental piano bits

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4

Not as immediate as their other releases however, if you like LCD Soundsystem then you'll love this album. A mix of new wave, post punk, dance, sarcasm and irony. Part of the brilliance is you can play spot the influence and feel just as smug as they are. Unless it's Bowie's "Heroes". That's just a given. Best Tracks: Oh Baby; Tonite; Call The Police

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4

Emotional haircut

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4

Better than I remember! 4

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4

There are some stronger songs and overall it's a nice experience

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4

I remember spotify annoucing this album to me and being happy when I figured the news out, that LCD Soundsystem had reunited. It took a while for this one to grow on me, but grow on me it has. The more linear songs, like "other voices" and "i used to", are good enough. The real gems in my opinion are the tracks that grow and unfold, such as "oh baby", "how do you sleep?" As far as the whole album goes, it is good, but I'm surprised to see it on the list. If anything, I would've expected to see "Sound of Silver" or "This is Happening". "American Dream" is (in a good way) a derivative or a continuation of those albums.

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4

Tough to categorise - Talking Heads meets techno? Even alternative U2, elements of Travis, mainstream yet.. not. Yet I really like it - definitely will explore more, yet I know I know them, just can't put my finger on it...

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4

Surprisingly good. Will definitely listen again.

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4

Reminded me of Electo Joshua Tree

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4

Standout tracks for me were "oh baby", "how do you sleep?", and "tonite".

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4

really enjoyed this. what an interesting mix of music you could dance and sing to, and those you could just sit and muse too. I think when I first started listening to LCD SS I didn't really get it, but the more I listen the more I love it.

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4

So fucking coooool. Makes me want to be out dancing which is not ideal during a mini lockdown in the Netherlands with clubs closed... Such a fun album Murphy is a genius, 80s synth sounds are amazing. This made me want to listen to the other albums now. Not my perfect album for all situations and there's some lengthy filler ish songs towards the end, but it's up there with the best above the average 3 rating. I should be catching up on other albums for my group but I only want to keep listening to LCD now, oops

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4

Love this album!

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4

I feel like listening to this at work made me more productive. Absolutely loved listening to it, had it on repeat. Will be adding it to my regular albums to listen to. It's not quite got the proper bangers I need to rate it a full 5/5 but definitely a strong 4 from me!

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4

From the beginning I enjoyed it but there wasn't anything particularly standout until I got to how do you sleep? Immediately threw that onto my on repeat playlist and then did the same with tonite. I ended up listening to the album twice over but couldn't do any more than that so I can't bring myself to rate it 5. It's a 4.5 in my opinion but I do have to drop it to a 4 because there are no half stars!

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4

As a defender of Everything Now: This is the good version of Everything Now. A little quieter, with the ambient tag at the end. I see the reason for Soundsystem's reception.

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4

Instant modern classic. Not as electrifying as This Is Happening, but David Byrne influences are strong

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4

Sounded okay initially, though nothing really stood out. I remember some songs from their previous albums that resonated a lot more with me. I enjoyed it more when I listened a second time, realising that some songs sounded a lot like Talking Heads. Similar types of grooves, but more synth/electronics.

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4

This is an interesting album. At times it's reminiscent of the Talking Heads, at times the Cure, at times other 80s type bands, but at other times it sounds wholly unique. Will definitely give this another listen. 4 stars.

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4

Good album... Not as great as their previous albums but still good

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4

Mnñhe

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4

LCD does Bowie?

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4

Another strong album from LCD. The rockers are infectious and the slower tempo numbers sound appropriately intense and emotional. As usual the influences are a plenty....Bowie, Talking Heads, Kraftwerk, Can; they're all here and many more. 4 🌟

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4

Pretty cool album! Like an artsy Daft Punk. I dig it.

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4

Pretty good, solidly early 90s sounding for such a recent album

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4

Not my favorite LCD album, but has one of my favorite tracks "oh baby" on it. Still a great album and ends on some great vibe out meditative tracks. I appreciate putting the 2 long cuts at the end. Allows me to just let it ride out and I can disengage with the album or remain invested in it, attention wise cause it's still interesting, at least. I think this album will age nicely over the years to come, but only time will tell on that tip.

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4

Some rad songs, the best of which sound like a hybrid between Neil Young and New Order.

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4.2 + I love the way this band takes a few sonic elements and allow them to gradually evolve and expand over the course of a track and even across an entire album. It creates such a cohesive album experience.

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A great album, a very interesting listen. Liked it on first listen, will have to give it a couple more spins.

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A couple of ill-advised Talking Heads impersonations, but otherwise a great listen. Best track: call the police

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Given the releasing year, the music is surprisingly pleasant, espcially the album title song...

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Banging choones

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Each of these songs seems to have certain moods you need to be in to listen to them. Like black screen is apparently really good for an angry/tense car ride. Overall though it wasn’t awful for my first lcd album

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lækkert

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Call the Police!

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Very nice album. Super creative composition to the songs and the tone of the entire thing just feels heavy and emotional. My only complaint is that many of the songs drag on a bit long and makes the album a bit cumbersome to listen to continuously. 8/10

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Mjög fín plata rennur vel í gegn, man daginn eftir ekki eftir neinum hápunkti en platan heldur sér vel í gegn.

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Another strong album from LCD. The rockers are infectious and the slower tempo numbers sound appropriately intense and emotional. As usual the influences are a plenty....Bowie, Talking Heads, Kraftwerk, Can; they're all here and many more. 4 🌟

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4

Curious mix of 80s style synths with a modern sensibility. I like it, a lot even on first listen.

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What I expect from them

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Good! Surprising return to near Sound of Silver levels. Some good tracks.

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There’s a math problem or science experiment feel to this … a producer in his studio with all the toys, or a mad scientist in his lab. But when the groove gets right – as on “other voices” and "call the police” and – it’s very right indeed. Sounding very much how 2017 felt for an aging hipster, the druggy drones of club life are given a heavier weight and sharper edge. Equally suitable to headphones or the dance floor, this is music to simultaneously boogie to and ruminate on.

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não é meu álbum favorito do LCD Soundsystem, mas ainda assim é um fantástico. oh baby é um hino e só o synth da música já é capaz de me deixar arrepiado. algumas músicas do álbum soam um pouco datadas, lembram até os primeiros trabalhos da banda, mas é ótimo ter o James Murphy de volta à ativa.

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first listen didn't expect to like this, but the synths are so cool

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I like LCD sound system. I have reviewed a different album previously for this list, I have listened to this album before and I have listened to at least two other albums outside of this list. My favorite "must listen to" tracks are probably on other albums, but american dream would be easy to come back to for a second listen. "Oh Baby", "Black Screen" and "Tonite" are good examples of the kind of music LCD Sound System makes.

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Goed zeg! Dat eerste nummer 😍.

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4

A strong comeback album. oh baby is gorgeous, and the run from how do you sleep? to american dream is so good - the way each song builds is peak LCD Soundsystem. James Murphy’s lyrics about the existential regret of getting older on tonite and the title track are exactly the kind of consolation I’m gonna need as the years fly by. The other half of the album has pleasingly twitchy and unsettling undertones but the tunes drag somewhat and lack a bit of variation. 3.5 / 4

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Compared to their previous albums, I found this to be much heavier in synthwave, with busier and darker synths. "i used to" is very gothic, with Cure-like drums and longing vocals. James Murphy still sounds like Byrne in his melodic and punk singing styles, but not as versatile and more predictable. Still really fun to dance and vibe to, with a fair mix of energetic New Wave and techno with ballad tracks. I'm a bit disappointed none of the tracks except "call the police" and "american dream" impacted me as much as previous albums, but I still enjoyed them all. Also, it was too long... cut it under an hour. Favorites: oh baby, tonite, call the police, american dream

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So cool and atmospheric. They were definitely on a lot through the college years, though just kind of in the background. It definitely feels like it was pulled out of the 80's and thrown on an early 2010's dance floor.

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J'aurais préféré Sound of Silver ou This Is Happening mais c'est pas dégueu Prefs: oh baby, other voices, how do you sleep?, tonite, call the police, american dream, emotional haircut Moins pref: i used to

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4

I like LCD Soundsystem. This album is good. Coming up with things to say about albums every morning is hard.

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4

I don’t know why but I was expecting to hate this. Impeccable production, plods along at a great pace, with some very clear influences. ‘Other Voices’ is a love letter to Talking Heads. 'I Used To' is a love letter to The Cure. 'Black Screen' honours Bowie's legacy in a very heartbreaking way. Favourite Tracks: - I Used To - How Do You Sleep? - Call the Police - Emotional Haircut Overall Grade: 4/5 (A-/B+)

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Meh

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This might be the most consistent LCD Soundsystem album in their catalog. It has an urgency and almost nervousness to the sound throughout - anger, longing, fear, and James Murphy's trademark self-awareness - without sounding the same as previous efforts. Lyrically it's as strong as any of the three earlier albums. It helps that the return was a huge surprise, and instead of delivering just a nostalgic cash grab, they produced a great record.

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Listened before

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I've listened to a bunch of LCD before but never actually sat down with this album. I think it loses steam somewhere near the end; especially on the last two tracks, which are a combined 25 minutes. It's not bad, just maybe trimming the fat would have made this a great album. Favorite tracks: "how do you sleep?", "other voices", "tonite"

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This feels very Remain In Light inspired. Long, drawn out grooves. Feel like it’s not quite as much a hodgepodge of sounds and soundplay as This Is Happening or Sound of Silver. I think it’s really cool background music. The vocals could be mixed a little higher imo. Some songs I think maaaybe overstay their welcome a little, I think some of the vocals are just a little TOO trying to be eccentric. I think it sounds really good but I’m not in love with it. I don’t think it’s BAD, but Idk I do think the magic isn’t quite here on this one

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bruh this is happening jest takie lepsze

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I can dig it

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Not my cup of tea.

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Was never my style but I appreciate how good this particular record is.

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Average overall. Annoying at times but ok

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Ensimmäistä kertaa kuuntelin tätä levyä vaikka joskus LCD Soundsystemin aiemmista levyistä jollain tavalla tykkäsinkin. Tämä on aika hajanainen kokonaisuus, josta löytyy sekä perinteisiä poppibiisejä että hieman kokeellisempia viritelmiä. Vähemmän kokeelliset biisit (esim. call the police, american dream) toimii kyllä hyvin, mutta ihan kolmea tähteä paremmin levy ei jaksanut pitää otteessaan.

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Pretty clean production, good songwriting, like the atmosphere/feel of the album Reminds me of !!! and a little bit of talking heads Not super groundbreaking Kinda long, 7 tracks in and its starting its getting less interesting Got pretty boring by the end of it. Not sure because it was first listen, but either the album is front loaded or very samey throughout. 6/10

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Started out a little weak but got progressively stronger with each song. I like the synth-heavy rock style that they got going on.

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nice electronica

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Ok, few songs kind of enjoyed (emotional hair cut, oh baby), energetic background music. 6/10

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Takes a sharp nosedive after the stellar track 1 but later on redeems itself.

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Decent vibe album, lyrically lacking but I don't think that's necessarily a point against it.

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I always appreciate James Murphy. Maybe this’ll be better on a second listen-thru. I still liked it.

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I liked this record. Never listened to it before.

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Whoa, gotta be the newest we’ve had on this list! I’m not a big fan of LCD, but I actually saw them in concert with Andrew and Alden, that was really fun. I’ve heard this album before and only really liked one song (“oh baby”), but this time around I liked some more. This is a good album, but it doesn’t hold my interest all that much. Still, some solid hits to get you dancing. Favorite tracks: oh baby, other voices, how do you sleep? Album cover: So simple that it feels cheap. Getty images-level of effort here. I love looking at the sky as much as the next guy, but give me a break. 3.5/5

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Got bored with this one...

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This was okay. I liked the last LCD album a little better, but this wasn't bad.

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Now this is how you do synth-pop proper! Not like that Chemical Bros crap I just listened to. How do you sleep, Tonite are standouts.

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Not there best album but oh baby is a tune

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Was alright

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pretty cool, better nad better as it went on. a journy

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The album cover is cool except for the typeset hindering the view. Definitely liked Tonight and Oh Baby. Their path of famous to forgotten to famous is intriguing and worth listening to.

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There were songs I liked and songs I really didn’t like. I liked “how do you sleep” a lot. At first I thought it might be good background music but concluded it is not.

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Jäin hyvin paljon kiinni ihan pelkkiin taustabeatteihin ja rytmiin. Ei lähtökohtaisten minun musalaukusta löytyvää kamaa, mutta tykkäsin levystä. Vaikka oli vähän kuuntelurästejä, niin mieluusti kuuntelin tämän vielä toistamiseen. On se varmaan tarkistettava muutakin tämän artistin tuotantoa.

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I remember Coralette loving this group, and hearing that they were super loud and good (like The Faint at that concert at Jannus that one time), but the other album didn't knock me out. Might need to listen louder.... First song -- I keep waiting/thinking there's gonna be a loud climax, but 2/3 of the way through it sounds like it'll just finish as a mid-tempo love song. Yup. It did. So, maybe LCDS is like Modest Mouse -- mostly mid-tempo, atmospheric stuff, with a few rockers or catchy songs thrown in. Solid 3 so far after 3/10 songs. Ended up the same.

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Decent but not their best album

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Thought this was very decent.

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Enjoyed this album.... reminded me of DRIVE soundtrack

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It was much better than expected. Not my usual style but the album is an easy listen.

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Some noteworthy lyrics and good sounds, but also some cringe lyrics and boring musical passages

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A mediocre album by a great band. Why is this album on the list? Are you assuming everyone has already heard their other albums? Then the reasoning would be "you've heard their other albums; so, go ahead and listen to this one". But, that's a big assumption. If you are reading this and are not familiar with LCD Soundsystem DO NOT listen to this album. Listen to their first one or "Sound of Silver".

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the worst lcd soundsystem album

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ok

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-"other voices" is reminding me of the Talking Heads, also has pretty cool guitar and stuff at the end -I liked the grooving on "change yr mind" -Cool Bass in "how do you sleep?"

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Some nice; most mediocre. // Favs: oh baby / american dream / black screen Score: Light 3

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Well-produced album, brought down by dated sounds and mediocre lyrics. If this had come out in 1997 or even 2007 I'd probably have a bit more of a favourable opinion, but given the very recent release date of 2017 I was expecting something a bit fresher. The lyrical content is overly cynical and sounds like a middle-aged man whining about how much kids these days suck. The songwriting is very good though, with tracks like tonite and how do you sleep? being able to keep me interested in the progression while the repetitive base elements don't change at all. The length is also an issue, by the time I got to the last few tracks I felt like not much new was being added by including more.

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2 liked songs: - emotional haircut - i used to

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Some of it was good background music for work, kind of chill and trance-y. But overall not really my favorite, not enough of a catchy tune

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Tried maybe 3 times but just nothing on here gripped me. I was looking forward to it as I like previous singles but this was a bit underwhelming.

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I love LCD Soundsystem with my whole heart. James Murphy is god's gift to music lovers and I'll stand by that. Truth be told, I was late to the party. By the time they had released three spectacular studio albums, broken up, and gotten back together again, I was only just getting around to trying Sound of Silver (easily in my top 5 favorite albums of all time). So when this album came out, I experienced it at around the same time I experienced the rest of LCD's other albums. At the time, I found it very underwhelming. Compared to weight that Sound of Silver and This Is Happening was pulling, American Dream felt like an album made out of necessity. As if "okay, we got the band back together and now we need to get enough songs for an album. We've got a few great ideas here but still need some more things to flesh it out", which leads us to a somewhat underwhelming tracklist. The opening songs, Oh Baby and Other Voices, feel like they're trying to approach prior LCD songs, but never quite reach the same heights and end up being perfectly acceptable. Not bad, not great either. Just acceptable. However, other songs on here, like Change Yr Mind and How Do You Sleep?, are clear standout tracks with fantastic production and dynamics that hit different. Though I still believe that LCD mastered the art of song dynamics on Dance Yrself Clean, these songs can still hang with the best of em. Worth noting, I think, that this album partially exists because of David Bowie. James Murphy had the great opportunity to play on Blackstar and talk with Bowie before his death. His discussion with Bowie led Murphy to become inspired about his own music and it drove him to contacting the other members to kick-start the band again. To what extent Bowie's influence is on this album, I can't really say, but I appreciate a good story nonetheless. Anyway, Tonight is also a clear standout track. Probably the most pop-y on the album, it's got a great synth bassline and motorik drums to keep the pace while James Murphy muses (as he does so well) and the other elements of the song build in and drop out. Of the many tools in LCD's toolbox, repetition is probably the one used the most. And this is because repetition legitimizes. And when repetition legitimizes, the song has a solid foundation for build off of. It is the essence of LCD Soundsystem's sound, so if you can't get down with that then you probably can't get down with most of their catalogue. THAT'S DANCE-PUNK, BAYBEE. The run from Change Yr Mind to Call The Police is great stuff, but it sinks back into being just acceptable by the title track. I think that, at the end of the day, I'm always gonna love LCD Soundsystem through thick and thin. Even if I don't love every album or every song, they're a band that has done so much great work that I can't not give them credit. This album, though, is definitely the low point in their discography. I can't wait to listen to the rest of LCD Soundsystem on the list.

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I was initially quite captivated, but that gradually decreased by the end of the album. That being said, I still would give another listen. The vibes were interesting here, and this was my first try at LCD Soundsystem (after hearing SO much about them).

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Definitely enjoyed this. I liked the first track so much I thought this might make it to a 4, but alas the rest of the album wasn't as memorable.

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Interesting. Dynamic. But terribly engaging but I enjoyed the music. Lots of moods.

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not my favorite, but not not my favorite. music for boys

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I largely ignored this one at the time. A bit strange, because I was a big fan of the breakout singles a decade or so earlier. Listening to it now I think I was right to pay not too much attention to it. Maybe you get more out of it if you listen to the words but it doesn't half go on a bit, does it? The production is nice. Bit Human League. Bit Bowie. But my god, those songs are long. 6/10

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Feels too recent to have any perspective. A good comeback and has some great tracks, but too much filler to be up with their earlier albums

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Sounding like a nostalgic tribute to the neurotic new-wave of the late 1970s. Like Talking Heads, Bowie etc.(6/10) FT: oh baby

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indie background music

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Rating: 5/10

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This is just reflektor but 4 years late and not as awesome

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Not my kind, but fair

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Listen when high

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Synth game 10/10

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I've never wanted to hate something as bad as I wanted to hate this album. I wanted to hate it so badly that I almost refused to even listen to it. It wasn't just because of that infernal album cover. As if that wasn't enough, all of the songs are titled in all lowercase letters. It all made me want to hate it with the white hot intensity of 1,000 Suns. I was all loaded up with thoughtful zingers like "Bad U2 cover band" and "The Talking Heads without David Byrne". And wouldn't you know it: This damn album became Green Eggs and Ham. It grabbed me from the first song and seemingly never let go...Until they ended with a monotonous 12 minute song that basically destroyed all the goodwill the previous 9 songs had built. You couldn't fool me, LCD Soundsystem. Go sell synth-pop somewhere else. We're all stocked up here.

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I didn't think this was outstanding and probably not my favourite in LCD Soundsystem record. Too long as well.

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I'm not much into electronica, but this is a great album to just throw on and vibe to.

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