Wednesday, May 19, 2010

This is Happening

About a month ago I lucked into a copy of the new LCD Soundsystem album. And for most of that time I’ve done two things: listen non-stop to it and try to figure out how best to sum it up. These are all the things I’ve thought could describe it:

This is a third album. This is the album where it all comes together. This is the album where instead of joke singing, James starts actually singing. Listen to “I can change.” Listen to “Home.” I heard that he started going back and listening to the pop albums of the 80's and adapting those singing styles for this one. I think they're right. This is a 1985 dance album. This is a dance album before they all got too self-conscious. This is a popsicle that instead of a joke has more popsicle. These are meticulously layered songs with every sound in the perfect place—nothing in the mix overwhelms anything else. Dude’s a studio wizard. This is the Hollywood Hills. This is summer music. The first night of summer. And the sun just went down. This is the album where he recreated the guitar set-up of David Bowie’s “Heroes” for “All I want.” With much patience. This is the sound of a man at the top of his game. This is a guy just killin' it. Veteran. This isn’t just a collection of one-offs. It's an album. And a good one.

This is LCD playing Jools Holland a couple weeks ago.

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