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Sound of Silver

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Compared to the first LCD Soundsystem album, Sound of Silver is less silly, funnier, less messy, sleeker, less rowdy, more fun, less distanced, more touching. It is just as linked to James Murphy's record collection, with traces of post-punk, disco, Krautrock, and singer/songwriter schlubs, but the references are evidently harder to pin down; the number of names dropped in the reviews published before its release must triple the amount mentioned throughout "Losing My Edge." There's even some confusion as to which version of David Bowie is lurking around. One clearly evident aspect of the album is that Murphy has streamlined his sound. All the jagged frays have been removed, replaced by a slightly tidier approach that is more direct and packs more punch. Murphy comes across as a fully naturalized producer of dance music -- especially on "Get Innocuous!" -- as opposed to a product of '90s indie rock who has made a convincing switch-up. And yet, the album's best song is sad, should not be played in any club, and it at least matches the work of any active songwriter who has been praised. "Someone Great," a bittersweet pop song built on swelling synthesizers and a dual vocal-and-glockenspiel melody, could definitely be about a devastating breakup ("To tell the truth I saw it coming/The way you were breathing"), at least until "You're smaller than my wife imagined/Surprised you were human," which could mean the song either took a turn for the absurd or is about the death (and funeral) of a loved one. Either way, it is the most moving song Murphy has made, and it only helps further the notion that he should be considered a great songwriter, not simply a skilled musician with a few studio tricks and the occasional clever quip. The closer, "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down," seals it: "New York, you're perfect, oh please don't change a thing/Your mild billionaire mayor's now convinced he's a king/And so the boring collect -- I mean all disrespect/In the neighborhood bars I'd once dreamt I would drink." If he keeps it up, he'll be writing songs for Pixar by 2020.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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1
Get Innocuous!
LCD Soundsystem
00:07:10

Jane Scarpantoni, Cello - Tyler Pope, Guitar, Writer - James Murphy, Drums, Percussion, Piano, Programmer, Vocals, Writer, Moog - Matthew Thornley, Production - LCD Soundsystem, MainArtist - Nancy Whang, Vocals - David Gold, Viola - Eric Broucek, Production - Lorenza Ponce, Violin - the dfa, Producer - Ian Neill, Production - Amy Kimball, Violin

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2007 DFA LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

2
Time to Get Away
LCD Soundsystem
00:04:11

Tyler Pope, Writer - James Murphy, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer, Clavinet - Geoff Pesche, Mastering Engineer - Pat Mahoney, Writer - Dave Sardy, Mixing Engineer - Matthew Thornley, Assistant Engineer - LCD Soundsystem, MainArtist - the dfa, Producer - Patrick Mahoney, Drums - Ian Neill, Assistant Engineer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2007 DFA LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

3
North American Scum
LCD Soundsystem
00:05:28

Tyler Pope, Bass Guitar - James Murphy, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Programming - Matthew Thornley, Additional Production - LCD Soundsystem, MainArtist - Nancy Whang, Vocals - Eric Broucek, Percussion - the dfa, Producer - Marcus Lambkin, Percussion

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2006 DFA LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

4
Someone Great
LCD Soundsystem
00:06:29

Tyler Pope, Bass Guitar - James Murphy, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Programming - Matthew Thornley, Additional Production - LCD Soundsystem, MainArtist - the dfa, Producer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2007 DFA LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

5
All My Friends
Jimmy Robertson
00:07:41

Daniel Morrison, Additional Production - Tyler Pope, Writer - James Murphy, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer, Synthesizer - Pat Mahoney, Writer - Matthew Thornley, Additional Production - LCD Soundsystem, MainArtist - Eric Broucek, Additional Production - Jimmy Robertson, Additional Production - Ian Neill, Additional Production

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2007 DFA LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

6
Us V Them
LCD Soundsystem
00:08:29

Tyler Pope, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Writer - James Murphy, Percussion, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer - Geoff Pesche, Mastering Engineer - Pat Mahoney, Drums, Percussion, Writer - Dave Sardy, Mixing Engineer - Matthew Thornley, Assistant Engineer - LCD Soundsystem, MainArtist - Nancy Whang, Vocals - Eric Broucek, Vocals - the dfa, Producer - Ian Neill, Assistant Engineer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2007 DFA LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

7
Watch the Tapes
LCD Soundsystem
00:03:55

James Murphy, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer, Synthesizer - Geoff Pesche, Mastering Engineer - Pat Mahoney, Vocals - Dave Sardy, Mixing Engineer - Matthew Thornley, Assistant Engineer - LCD Soundsystem, MainArtist - the dfa, Producer - Ian Neill, Assistant Engineer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2007 DFA LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

8
Sound of Silver
LCD Soundsystem
00:07:07

James Murphy, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer, Programming - Geoff Pesche, Mastering Engineer - Dave Sardy, Mixing Engineer - Matthew Thornley, Assistant Engineer - LCD Soundsystem, MainArtist - the dfa, Producer - Ian Neill, Assistant Engineer

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2007 DFA LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

9
New York, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down
LCD Soundsystem
00:05:34

Jane Scarpantoni, Cello - Tyler Pope, Bass Guitar, Writer - James Murphy, Drums, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer, Synthesizer - Geoff Pesche, Mastering Engineer - Pat Mahoney, Writer - Dave Sardy, Mixing Engineer - Matthew Thornley, Assistant Engineer - LCD Soundsystem, MainArtist - David Gold, Viola - Lorenza Ponce, Violin - Morgan Wiley, Piano - the dfa, Producer - Patrick Mahoney, Drums, Percussion - Ian Neill, Assistant Engineer - Amy Kimball, Violin - Justin Chearno, Guitar

© 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2007 DFA LLC under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd

Album Description

Compared to the first LCD Soundsystem album, Sound of Silver is less silly, funnier, less messy, sleeker, less rowdy, more fun, less distanced, more touching. It is just as linked to James Murphy's record collection, with traces of post-punk, disco, Krautrock, and singer/songwriter schlubs, but the references are evidently harder to pin down; the number of names dropped in the reviews published before its release must triple the amount mentioned throughout "Losing My Edge." There's even some confusion as to which version of David Bowie is lurking around. One clearly evident aspect of the album is that Murphy has streamlined his sound. All the jagged frays have been removed, replaced by a slightly tidier approach that is more direct and packs more punch. Murphy comes across as a fully naturalized producer of dance music -- especially on "Get Innocuous!" -- as opposed to a product of '90s indie rock who has made a convincing switch-up. And yet, the album's best song is sad, should not be played in any club, and it at least matches the work of any active songwriter who has been praised. "Someone Great," a bittersweet pop song built on swelling synthesizers and a dual vocal-and-glockenspiel melody, could definitely be about a devastating breakup ("To tell the truth I saw it coming/The way you were breathing"), at least until "You're smaller than my wife imagined/Surprised you were human," which could mean the song either took a turn for the absurd or is about the death (and funeral) of a loved one. Either way, it is the most moving song Murphy has made, and it only helps further the notion that he should be considered a great songwriter, not simply a skilled musician with a few studio tricks and the occasional clever quip. The closer, "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down," seals it: "New York, you're perfect, oh please don't change a thing/Your mild billionaire mayor's now convinced he's a king/And so the boring collect -- I mean all disrespect/In the neighborhood bars I'd once dreamt I would drink." If he keeps it up, he'll be writing songs for Pixar by 2020.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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