LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2007 Ratings: #5 / 715
Year End Rank: #2
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2007 Rank: #4All Time: #164
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Guardian
This is dance-rock for grown-ups: extraordinary.
100
musicOMH

Taken end to end, Sound Of Silver is a thrilling, exhilarating ride on a fast machine. Murphy’s hyperactive compositions have rhythm, energy, feeling and bite – and while dance music will claim it, that needn’t restrict its coverage. You’d be mad to miss out on one of this year’s essential albums.

100
Clash
Its imperfect piano loop is a nightmare to mix into from a DJ’s perspective, Murphy’s vocals coming in too soon to let it build steam in the background of a preceding selection. But once it’s cut loose… What is that about his voice? Slightly cracked, but optimistic. And the music, it’s so simple, just building in layers as it progresses with no real dynamic shift.
100
AllMusic

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.

100
Sputnikmusic

Sound of Silver feels like the type of record you treasure forever, timeless while recalling a very specific place and era.

100
DIY
From the man who made guitar-fused dance music cool again in the 2000s comes a record that not only builds on 2005’s superb debut but blows it out of the water.
92
Pitchfork

Far removed from the compressed, trebly, and overmastered paradigm that's gripped electronic music in the last decade, Sound of Silver sounds deep, spacious, and full-blooded.

91
Entertainment Weekly

While Sound of Silver still delivers terrific buzzy dance-space jams, it also contains wispy hints of New Order and Bowie, and Murphy's best song-making efforts to date.

90
No Ripcord
I’d be surprised if the genre can produce anything much better than this.
90
Under the Radar
A big, fun, and passionate record that sounds enormous.
90
SPIN
Over and over, these songs reveal how a wisecracking record geek can still achieve rapture.
90
Prefix

As a cohesive album and a personal statement, Sound of Silver is superior in most every way.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Sound of Silver is the epitome of post-modern music, the lyrics clever and self-referencing whilst commentating on today’s political climate, yet it’s all done with so much energy and wrapped in such great music that you can turn that aspect off and just have a good time.

84
Time Out London
It’s the album your bass boost was designed for – for once, something genuinely outstanding is going to be massive.
83
A.V. Club

Sure, lots of other people have done this lately, but few do it with Murphy's flair.

80
NOW Magazine
This sounds more like an album and less like a collection of singles and ideas, and the pop and funk elements are a bit more refined than before.
80
Mojo
A fantastic consolidation of everything good about LCD.
80
Uncut
Rarely has anyone making such exciting and fashionable music been so unapologetic about being mature, too.
80
The Observer
It's occasionally like a dream collaboration between Bill Hicks and New Order, with Giorgio Moroder producing.
80
Q Magazine
Not only do the rhythms here sound tighter and more intensely focused, Murphy's presence as a songwriter and frontman is a revelation.
80
Rolling Stone
Even though it’s difficult to imagine Murphy ever exhorting, “Everybody dance now,” musically he owes a huge debt to house-music masters like Clivilles and Cole.
80
NME

Never does any of this attention to detail interfere with the record’s main purpose – to make you shake parts of your body you never knew existed.

80
Drowned in Sound
While opening track ‘Get Innocuous’ gently apes his own ‘Losing My Edge’ for the first minute and a half, the rest of the LP gradually moves onwards and upwards; either improving and tightening the previous template, or trying new things altogether.
70
Resident Advisor
‘Sound of Silver’ is by no means a near perfect album as many critics have crowned it, but it’s a damn good fusion of rock and dance music which will likely increase LCD Soundsystem’s following both on the dancefloor and off.
70
PopMatters

You won’t likely be amazed this time around, but be prepared to be thoroughly satisfied, all the same.

56
Coke Machine Glow
It’s entertaining, sure, but also empty and a bit soulless.
50
Slant Magazine
Murphy's willfully pretentious métier, his intentionally inadequate lyrics, and his monotonous sequencing expose a genuine fear of dance.
Chode
100

fuck this album

BradTasteMusic
89

This album is so damn fun and such a pleasant listen. Front to back, it throws you into this Talking Heads era sound with these insanely catchy and intoxicating rock/electronic fusions.

barcooper
89

LCD Soundsystem is literally the whip.

Sound of Silver is one of modern day talking heads' classics, Some even say their best album. I was really excited to check this one out, Considering the fact that This Is Happening is easily one of my favorite dance albums of all time. So I had some pretty damn high expectations going into this one. And well, They have mostly been answered.

James Murphy the vocalist, writer, multi-instrumentalist and the creative force behind the band, Is a genius. ... read more

unrealmikel
98

If you wanted to describe me with a piece of music, I definitely would be this album.

Mrlucy
96

I had my expectations high thst this was gonna be a phenomenal album and it exceeded them. The grooves are unmatched on this album and james Murphy fucking kills it. Tracks like north American Scum shows that feeling of just getting up and destroying shit. But all my friends is the one we need to talk about one of the most emotional songs I have heard in my life. And the album closes off perfectly with the guitars kinda reminding me of shoegaze. Although I think this is happening is a tad bit ... read more

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