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
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.
Pussy bustin' fun. That's the real American dream. Just getting paid and getting laid.
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.
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.
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.
9/10 sad, back with a vengeance, some of the best tracks they've made, some that's samey
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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)
Superchulo. Un cinco comenzando por oh baby
Excellent tunes - great for the working day will listen to some more of their tunes 🤩
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.
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
While this feels like lesser LCD Soundsystem, it’s still fantastic LCD Soundsystem.
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 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.
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
¿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.
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.
Экспериментально. Хорошо, но слушать надо подготовленным к 12-ти минутным композициям.
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.
Enjoyed this one. Some nice instrumental piano bits
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
Better than I remember! 4
There are some stronger songs and overall it's a nice experience
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.
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...
Surprisingly good. Will definitely listen again.
Reminded me of Electo Joshua Tree
Standout tracks for me were "oh baby", "how do you sleep?", and "tonite".
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.
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
Love this album!
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!
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!
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.
Instant modern classic. Not as electrifying as This Is Happening, but David Byrne influences are strong
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.
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.
Good album... Not as great as their previous albums but still good
LCD does Bowie?
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 🌟
Pretty cool album! Like an artsy Daft Punk. I dig it.
Pretty good, solidly early 90s sounding for such a recent album
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.
Some rad songs, the best of which sound like a hybrid between Neil Young and New Order.
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.
A great album, a very interesting listen. Liked it on first listen, will have to give it a couple more spins.
A couple of ill-advised Talking Heads impersonations, but otherwise a great listen. Best track: call the police
Given the releasing year, the music is surprisingly pleasant, espcially the album title song...
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
Call the Police!
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
Mjög fín plata rennur vel í gegn, man daginn eftir ekki eftir neinum hápunkti en platan heldur sér vel í gegn.
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 🌟
Curious mix of 80s style synths with a modern sensibility. I like it, a lot even on first listen.
What I expect from them
Good! Surprising return to near Sound of Silver levels. Some good tracks.
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.
first listen didn't expect to like this, but the synths are so cool
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"
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
bruh this is happening jest takie lepsze
I can dig it
Not my cup of tea.
Was never my style but I appreciate how good this particular record is.
Average overall. Annoying at times but ok
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.
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
Started out a little weak but got progressively stronger with each song. I like the synth-heavy rock style that they got going on.
Ok, few songs kind of enjoyed (emotional hair cut, oh baby), energetic background music. 6/10
Takes a sharp nosedive after the stellar track 1 but later on redeems itself.
Decent vibe album, lyrically lacking but I don't think that's necessarily a point against it.
I always appreciate James Murphy. Maybe this’ll be better on a second listen-thru. I still liked it.
I liked this record. Never listened to it before.
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
Got bored with this one...
This was okay. I liked the last LCD album a little better, but this wasn't bad.
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.
Not there best album but oh baby is a tune
pretty cool, better nad better as it went on. a journy
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.
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.
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.
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.
Decent but not their best album
Thought this was very decent.
Enjoyed this album.... reminded me of DRIVE soundtrack
It was much better than expected. Not my usual style but the album is an easy listen.
Some noteworthy lyrics and good sounds, but also some cringe lyrics and boring musical passages
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".
the worst lcd soundsystem album
-"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?"
Some nice; most mediocre. // Favs: oh baby / american dream / black screen Score: Light 3
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.
2 liked songs: - emotional haircut - i used to
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
Interesting. Dynamic. But terribly engaging but I enjoyed the music. Lots of moods.
not my favorite, but not not my favorite. music for boys
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
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
Sounding like a nostalgic tribute to the neurotic new-wave of the late 1970s. Like Talking Heads, Bowie etc.(6/10) FT: oh baby
indie background music
This is just reflektor but 4 years late and not as awesome
Not my kind, but fair
Listen when high
Synth game 10/10
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.
I didn't think this was outstanding and probably not my favourite in LCD Soundsystem record. Too long as well.
I'm not much into electronica, but this is a great album to just throw on and vibe to.
oh baby good rest bad
Oh, the revolution was here That would set you free from those bourgeoisie For some, electronica rock makes everything clearer But my review exposes my age - or taste
OK but not the best LCD Soundsystem record by a long way
Sort of Synthwave vibe.
See, this is still weird but it's not the weird like the other album. There's something more palatable about this one. I still don't love it, but it's better.
Strange one. Very 80's revival. Liked the electro-sounding stuff like American Dream, Black Screen and some of the rest passed me by.
Listenable........but I would seek out again 3*
I’ve never been a big fan but found myself nodding along at times. That said, it went on way too long near the end
Talking heads for a new generation
A more modern but more boring take on Echo and the Bunnymen
I liked it.
A solid LCD Soundsystem album not as good as Sound of Silver (5-star) or This Is Happening (4-star). I would rate it somewhere between a 3 and a 4 as it contains quite a few 4-star songs and not any real weak songs, although the closing track Black Screen is a bit tedious.
It was okay, I guess. A bit more normal than I'm used to from LCD Soundsystem.
Not LCDs best album but it’s still a decent listen. Like all lcd albums there are plenty of interesting beats and some long strands of instrumentals. Not much of a standout track on this one. It felt a bit long and could’ve been shorter. 5.9/10
Klingt so vertraut als gäbe es ein 2017er Wurmloch nach 2007. Dabei stark Talking Heads‘ish und gewohnt ruhelos. Dennoch etwas spät, wie ein Versuch die Good old times herauf zu beschwören, wo doch diese unwiederbringlich in den Aschenbechern der Vergangenheit erloschen sind. 2.6
i'm not 25 anymore
Dragged a bit
Their weakest album but still pretty good
few good songs, but most of this album i cant listen to anymore
I'd avoided the LCD Soundsystem for so many years and tbh I was expecting something a bit self-indulgent. This is that but it's not a bad album. There are some good songs in the mix - and honestly, the shorter ones are the better. Also, sometimes they feel a bit too much like a Talking Heads tribute band. Again, not necessarily a bad thing but the Talking Heads already exist.
I love LCD Soundsystem but this is an odd choice to include in 1001 albums. I'd place any of their other albums above it. It's still a good album but nowhere near their peak. I'd argue it's the only one NOT justified in being here.
it's pretty cool... has an simple electronic vibe combined with a david bowie/fashion esthetic. you definitely need to be patient as it ventures deep in repetition and droning. still i can listen to pretty much everything but "emotional haircut"... i don't think it's possible to repeat that phrase multiple times and have a good song. pretty interesting.
techno alternative? It's a nice-ish sound. Some of it is more over synthesized than other songs. I'd listen to it again, maybe. I'd say it's more decent than most.
31st January 2022 Listened in the morning on my phone while working. Had a chilled evening watching the Witcher. LCD go full talking heads with a little of their old indie spark left in for the older fans. 3.5 if I could.
Average, gets better towards the end
Liked the sound of this one and some tracks have the potential to be growers, especially 'how do you sleep'.
Better than I expected it to be. With a few exceptions (Kraftwerk, Air, Daft Punk, Royksopp) I'm not really into electronic music. This didn't make me want to add this lot to that list. It was interesting enough, but it reminded me of other things I'd rather be listening to.
Didn't hate it. Pretty good writing. Not really my style, but wouldn't likely listen again.
I mean... it's alright? There were a couple of fun tracks. A couple of stupid tracks (I'm looking at you, "how do you sleep?"). When it was all said and done, I realized that it really hadn't left much of an impression on me. And that just doesn't seem like something you generally want out of an album, does it?
This is the only LCD Soundsystem albums I hadn’t heard before. When I saw the recommendation I listened to it once but I was out of the house so I couldn’t dance. I figured I didn’t love it as much as other projects because I couldn’t really get into it physically, which other albums of LCD have called for. So I excitedly listened to it again, and started dancing. I made it half way through and turned it off. I was bored… Eh. I really really like LCD Soundsystem. I do. I really hope that their other albums are on this list because there is NO DAMN WAY that this beat out the others. Like another user said, it’s too “this” to be “that” and too “that” to be “this”. I want to dance, but it’s not groovy enough. I want to appreciate the weird post-punky guitar stuff that is more upfront than others albums. But they aren’t focused on enough. It’s in this really weird purgatory limbo situation. It just doesn’t have the vibe. It just doesn’t have.. the vibe. Still not offensive.
Solid but nowhere near their prime.
Pretty good, very 80s feel. I’ll probably listen to these guys again.
Good overall. Some very Talking Heads bits throughout. Not one that I would listen to with regularity.
Pretty chill, liked it the most when a track sounded as if it could fit well into a video game soundtrack.
Напоминает музыку из поздних серий "Ну погоди"
It's not bad, but I personally enjoy LCD Soundsystem's earlier work. Still an enjoyable album to listen to.
Moderne disco-rock, elektronisk new wave, blanding at uptempo og ballader, stemningsfyldt
Sort of alright. Quite pleasant background music for work. Can't say that I really understand what merits this album's inclusion on the list.
I like this one better than Sound of Silver. Catchy and more interesting with a good vibe - but also still nothing to make me say "I've got to listen to that album again!". Thus, it doesn't rise above a 3.
Just ok really. Not something I’d put on, but wouldn’t necessarily turn it off either.
Passable, not their best
it's okay, very repetitive to be honest
One of those bands where I am totally clueless as to why they are so popular. Not for me, Clive.
Wack ass album
Parani loppua kohden, mut ei tää mikään masterpiece ollu
First relisten and something about the looping or extended beats come across as monotonous. I always have this issue with LCD Soundsystem for some reason. Enjoyable songs that get dry quickly
Ei tarvinnut kuunnella kahdesti.
At first I thought I was going to really enjoy it...but it's a bit grungier and depressing than I expected :P
not super memorable, easy to listen to but really just background noise.
Not the best LCD
Only the first song 'oh baby' I liked a litebit. Not realy an album for me.
clearly in a minority here, did not like this (not quite as much so as the Le Tigre, but I think only because I thought it overall blander). Interminable, and monotonous - and a vocal styling I could happily do without any more of for the remainder of my life.
Opzich wel een goed album maar niet helemaal mijn ding. Het heeft wel een fijne dromerige vibe
Some of the songs are alright but overall its just to much with the repetitive loud drums and spoken vocals
Just not into it.
Minimalist experimental electronica. A few grooves, but I wouldn’t suggest listening sober.
i thought i liked LCD soundsystem before I listened to this
dificil... no aporta res...
Dawno nie bylo tak wymeczonego odsluchu, to jeszcze o "bandy" ktora kojarze, bo znam to za duzo powiedziane po przesluchaniu debiutanckiego albumu i znaniu jednego traka, oczywiscie otwierajacego daft punk is playing at my house, nie wiem czy przemawia teraz przezemie kontrast jaki sie pojawia pomiedzy tymi dwoma utworami, bo chocby porownojac tyle otwierajace traki, to jest to dzien i noc, rozumiem ze 15 lat duzo potrafi zmienic w kierunku artystycznym, ale jak dla mnie brzmi to po prostu jakby muzyka jaka graja zestarzala sie wraz z artystami, moze inny target teraz kieruja do swego rowniez starzejacego sie targetu, a moze to kwestia tego, ze plyta ma godzine dziesiec minut, a tak duzo stezenie muzyki okolo elektronicznej, wymieszanej w blenderze autotunowym z rokowaniem po kablach, to jak dla mnie dawka wrecz smiertelna, zalany synthami, efektami na wokalu, ktory w wielakiej liczbie sie pojawia, przed tym pickiem nie mialem pojecia, ze ta grupa to w ogole tak wielki kolektyw ludzi, bo nie spodziewalem sie, ze az 8 osob moze byc zamieszane w album z ktorego slychac tyle syntha popowego, czy tez dencingowego jak kto woli, jeszcze ciekawsze ze tak dobrze sie cos takiego sprzedalo w roku 2k17, no i kolejna niewiadoma skad tu tyle nowej muzyki sie pojawia ostatnio, 100 pickow i zadnego nie bylo, a teraz w 10 dwa z 2k10+, dobija jeszcze to jak rozlozony jest poziom glosnosci, niektore traki tak trzeba podbic zeby przebic sie do zamglonego wokalu ktory docodzi zza sceny, ze dostaje sie po uszach linia melodyczna z syntha, co nie jest zbyt przyjemne jak dla mnie, z pozytywnych rzeczy ktore uslyszalem na tej plycie, to beda traki bardziej rokowe niz elektroniczne, ktore maja w sobie takze troche punkowosci, a co najwazniejsze wydaja sie bardziej ludzkie niz reszta plyty, tymi trakami sa i used to i emotional haircut, ktory laduje na plejce, co tez mnie kupilo, to samplowanie wlasnych starszych kawalkow, a nawet nie samplowanie, ale uzycie lini melodycznej z danego kawalku, ktory jeszcze jakos mozna powiazac lirycznie z tym co jest na tej plycie jest ciekawym zabiegiem, nie wiem czy jest on czesciej tutaj wykorzystany, bo ja slysze cos takiego tylko na zamykajacyym black screenie, gdzie miga mi melodia z i can change, plyta this is happening, wiec jednak bylo slychane cos wiecej niz tylko debiutancka, ale jednak jesli patrzec na calosc, to mozna powiedziec, ze banda sie starzeje i o tym jest ten album podsumowujac, bo motywem przedodnim beda konce, czy to frendowe, milosne, zyciowe, czy tez idealowe, do czego nawiazuje sam tytul
Dull. So Dull I can't be bothered to write a review. If you want a band who use samples well, listen to the Avalanches. 2/5
Tällainen musiikki ei nappaa just ollenkaan. Ei ole bailumusaa, mutta ei myöskään tarjoa sellaisia koukkuja tai melodioita, jotka jäisivät mieleen. Missähän mielentilassa tai tilanteessa tätä on tarkoitus kuunnella?
Tuli mieleen, että on köyhän (tai laihan) miehen Fatboy Slimiä. Jotenkin laimeaa menoa.
Unusual to have a dream that sends you to sleep 😴
First couple of songs were good, so was 'call the police', the rest was a bit dull.
LCD Soundsystem have some good tunes, none of which are on this album.
Hate to say I didn't even finish it. Not my cup of tea.
Not a big fan.
It's really interesting to me that this was released in 2017 because it sounds so 80s- and not in the way that "Blinding Lights" and some songs off "Future Nostalgia" sound 80s, but this sounds authentically 80s/new wave (no shade to the above song/album- they are just more 80s influenced). Having said that...this album also has songs that are sometimes sonically repetitive/monotonous which also feels very true to the 80s for me. It's not bad but not something I feel like I'd gravitate towards again.
I imagine this probably sounds great if you’re out of your gourd on molly. But that’s not really my thing, so this isn’t really my thing.
Meh. A few catchy songs but overall a bit of a snooze. Emotional haircut was a great track though!
This inst his best work
I listened to some of the album. The first song was really good. But none of it really drew me into listening more
The problem when can't really sing and just talk over the music is that everyone can clearly hear how inane your lyrics are. Sometimes this works if the music is good enough to be able to ignore the lyrics, but that's not the case here either. Not bad just something I wouldn't feel the need to listen again.
Overall a very bland, stereotypical electronic album. Not much stuck out. Very forgetful.
I went into this with high hopes as I'd heard good things about LCD Soundsystem, but didn't end up enjoying it much at all. Most of this album was reasonably forgettable background noise, but there were a few more jarring moments which made it difficult to concentrate on work and I ended up just wishing the album would finish sooner. I remember liking one track, but as I'm writing this during the last track it feels like it was ages ago.
Meh, not my thing.
En serio que lo intenté. La descripción y lo conocida que es esta banda entre gente de nuestra generación y lo respetado que es James Murphy me hizo pensar que algo podría gustarme, pero no. Demasiado electrónico, demasiado hipsterozo, no más no me emocionó ni una de las canciones.
This is not a good album. None of the songs were objectively terrible though so I guess I can give it 2 stars. Can't for the life of me understand how this is on this list though.
I've not listened to much LCD Soundsystem before, but what I have I preferred to this.
First listen. Some definitely interesting sounds. I enjoyed it and look forward to hearing it again next time. 2/5 (for now).
It was just eh nothin of notability
Didn't hold my attention
Surprisingly un-electronic but nah
If a Britpop band recorded a dance album on acid, you'd get this album. Very Life Is Strange, End Of The World Party vibes. Honestly went in expecting myself to hate it, but I wasn't tempted to turn it off until Tonite, which made me want to headbutt a wall. Solid 2/5 I think.
Meh... Not my jam
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.
not my kind of thing. lyrics, music, Instrumentation, vocals all just pretty bad. not one i will come back to
This album has great potential, but more than 1 hour of electronic music is always the worst scenario for me. "call the police" is a very nice song.
It's pretty good. But, nothing I would listen to outside of this list.
Suena a lo mismo que todo LCD y al final se hace laaaaaaargo.
For this list, its the middle of the road. Admirable and clearly a talanted band, but this album is not something I would listen to again in full. The good: It had some enjoyable songs. Call The Police, Oh Baby and Tonight were the cream of the crop. There were others that had a good groove and overall no song was awful. The bad: The album and some of the songs just went on for too long. The title track for instance could've been edited down as it was repeating itself, and the 12 minute Black Screen at the end made me wished it was over.
This is the second album of LCD Soundsystem I’m rating. The first one I liked better. In a list of 1001 albums I think LCD soundsystem shouldn’t be in there twice. One album is fine for me, but I am sure there are more essential albums than this one.
i can see how someone would like it but it's not quite my thing
Pop con sintetizadores. Infumable. Le pongo un 2 yo no sé por qué...
ok background music
Electronic indie rock/pop. Some ok dance tracks, but does not move me in general
this album blended together. It was so boring, that I skipped a few songs.
I fucking hate that band.
From the first song, I knew I wasn't the audience for this album. To my ears, the synthesizers are as ugly as it gets. I hate the vocals too, which are the unholy result that you would expect if George Michael and Bono had a baby. The torture continues with the second track, perky synths and drum machines essaying a reductive dance rhythm. I may vomit--I'm out.
Boring beyond belief.
Einfach nur Grütze!
Chiant pour du LCD
I didn't like the Lyrics
Did not enjoy
Some shit albums about
Wow, und wieder einmal eine ganz und gar widerliche Platte, die es völlig unverdient in diese Liste geschafft hat! Die Treffsicherheit, mit der dieser Schrott immer wieder auftaucht, spricht gegen die Kuratoren dieses Buches. Bande von Idioten.
Didn't enjoy this album. Was too electronic for me. 1/5 stars.
Just not my kind of music. I’m sure some people will like it but I found it very boring.
“Frequently recalling U2 at their bloated worst. This record is no cause for celebration. It's a slab of nothing, a media spectacle for the terminally impressed."
not my cup of tea
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 did not enjoy this, dance rock? I found it quite repetitive. It did not hold my attention!
Soulless and emotionless.
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