Sound of Silver (DFA / Capitol)
Reviewed by Audra Schroeder, Fri., April 13, 2007
Sound of Silver (DFA/Capitol)
If you were at a club and heard "Get Innocuous!," the lead track to LCD Soundsystem's sophomore album, Sound of Silver, you'd be hard-pressed not to throw your hands in the air, then wave them like you just don't care. Deep, repetitive grooves match fat synth lines, and something primal happens. James Murphy is good at that. Remember, he lost his "edge" on LCD's eponymous 2005 debut, dance music's self-hating hipster. What he's not so good at: riding that train. It's clear why "North American Scum" is the single, but it's just "Daft Punk" reheated. "Someone Great" only reveals Murphy's Eno obsession, while "Watch the Tapes" could be any indie-synth circle jerk from the last five years. Murphy's a DJ, and from that massive opener, as with the hypnotic title track, it's clear he has an ear for beats. Someone please get this man his edge back.