In 2007, LCD Soundsystem released their classic second full-length album, Sound Of Silver. Stream it above, via Spotify.
The opening "Get Innocuous!" bleeps like an 8-bit video game for 1:39 minutes before the drums kick in and 2:10 minutes before James Murphy even begins singing the first verse. The amazing thing is, the song is paced so well that you'd hardly notice how long it is unless you were staring at a clock.
"Someone Great" is another song that has similar synthetic beat to the "Get Innocuous!" intro. This time, however, the drums don't kick in. The synth pulsates as if it were measuring your heartbeat. It presents a cold atmosphere where every instrument is electronic. Murphy sings, "I wish that we can talk about it / But then, that's the problem." It's a brilliant way to convey lack of communication by making everything sound so robotic. The song ends with the same pulsating synth, abruptly ending as if the plug connected to someone on life support was pulled out of the outlet.
The album standout is "All My Friends." A single chord is pounded on the piano over and over again for seven minutes straight over a locomotive beat. Murphy sings, "You spent the first five years trying to get with the plan / And the next five years trying to be with your friends again." It's one of the saddest moments on the album, which is followed by Murphy's reassurance, "I wouldn't trade one stupid decision for another five years of life."
The album ends with "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down." Murphy shows his frustrations as his favorite city is being taken over by gentrification. He croons, "New York, you're safer and you're wasting my time / Our records all show you are filthy but fine." By the time the last note of the song fades out, it becomes clear that Sound Of Silver is one of the saddest, happiest, euphoric, nostalgic, emotional and honest albums of the 2000s.
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