By: Kyle Kreig
Album: LCD Soundsystem
Artist: LCD Soundsystem
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Last week I was struck with an unpleasant case of the stomach bug, I’ll do you a favor and spare you the details. But trust me, it wasn’t pretty. However, dealing with the unfortunate circumstance that was my lower digestive system, there were some perks. I lost a little bit of weight from the old beer belly and more importantly, had the opportunity to catch up on some stuff I had stashed in my Netflix queue.
One of the flicks I finally got around to viewing was the documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits, which is an awesome film about LCD Soundsystem’s epic farewell concert at Madison Square Garden. Upon concluding the flick I immediately rekindled my interest in LCD Soundsystem, so fast forward to this week’s edition of Time Capsule Tuesday!
I’ve been a fan of LCDSS since my freshmen year of college and have only grown to admire them even more over the years. Simply put, the music LCD puts out is straight up fun. The fast tempo electro-punk songs keep you and the party moving while their ballads add just the right amount of heartache. Both ends of the musical energy spectrum are well-covered in any of their albums, but the one we’ll be talking about today is the band’s debut, self-titled album LCD Soundsystem.
The album kicks off with the quintessential track Daft Punk is Playing at my House which is one of those songs that you absolutely must to dance to. If you don’t find this track enjoyable and danceable you probably shouldn’t be trusted. This track, even more so than others, really shows the band, especially lead singer James Murphy, is greatly influenced by the Talking Heads. Any band influenced by the Heads is a band I can appreciate.
When you’re done dancing and grooving and find yourself in need of a break try giving Never As Tired As When I’m Waking Up a listen. It has a melancholy feel but it’s well written both lyrically and musically.
LCD Soundsystem is a really great album from start to finish all except for one track. Thrills was a bit too busy for my liking and the static synth effect was painfully piercing. The sound that occurs throughout the track is very unsettling, it’s what I imagine electrocution sounds like, so for this I feel I need to take away a star from the rating. But don’t let this hinder you from giving the album a listen, it’s sure to please when pumping through your speakers at your Thanksgiving Eve Party!