Magazine article The Spectator

The Listener: LCD Soundsystem - American Dream

Magazine article The Spectator

The Listener: LCD Soundsystem - American Dream

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Grade: B+

Number one. Everywhere, just about. You have to say that the man has a certain sureness of touch. Hip enough not to be quite mainstream, rock enough not to be quite pop. The knowing nods -- to Depeche Mode, Eno, 1970s post-punk and 1980s grandiosity and always, always, Bowie.

Fifteen years on from James Murphy's first excursion in these clothes and the man from New Jersey, now grizzled and greying, has come up with an album as good as any he's made -- which is a qualified nod of admiration: I often find his tunes too eager to please, the neatly corralled stabs of funk a little forced. Murphy always wants to have his cake and eat it, get the dance crowd in and the indie kids too. You have to say that, commercially, this formula works. But it is a very arch balancing act.

American Dream -- you just know that title isn't going to be one of exultation -- is fashionably morose, full of self-reproach. …

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