American Dream
LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
Critic Score
Based on 35 reviews
2017 Ratings: #9 / 711
Year End Rank: #5
User Score
Based on 531 ratings
2017 Ratings: #28
September 1, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
Dance Punk, New Wave / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

American Dream feels like Murphy's darkest record to date, and like previous LCD records, only gets better with repeat listens. In short, it's fucking glorious.

100
Northern Transmissions

Who would’ve thought that a once impossible record would be one of the best of the year? After a breakup, reunion, and a few delays, LCD Soundsystem’s fourth record is a triumphant return for James Murphy and company. With more live instrumentation, attitude and sonic diversity than any of their previous releases, this is one that won’t disappoint fans or even new listeners.

100
The Guardian
Packed with aural allusions to Bowie and Eno, LCD Soundsystem’s comeback is a virtuosic tribute to their heroes – and themselves
100
NME

‘American Dream’ delivers, point by point, on everything you could want from an LCD Soundsystem album.

100
Pretty Much Amazing

American Dream represents a high point for Murphy, not only as a songwriter, but also as a meticulous sonic architect and an exuberant performer.

100
The Telegraph
The lyrics are fantastic, the grooves irresistible, the ideas constantly entertaining. His sense of fun is infectious. It’s good to have James Murphy back doing what he does best.
91
Paste
It’s a beautiful work of art about aging, regret and an arduous search for meaning. It’s an expansive record that explores a variety of sounds and themes, but it never feels confused or lost.
91
A.V. Club

As far as American Dream being better than that estimable trilogy that preceded it, well, it depends mightily on how you define “better.” It’s a beautifully produced, masterfully realized album, but it’s also a bit of a downer and an unusually slow burn.

91
Entertainment Weekly

As gratifyingly familiar as much of American Dream will be to longtime fans, it also feels like exactly the album 2017 needs — urgent, angry, achingly self-aware.

90
The 405
From head to toe, front to back, it bangs; but more importantly, it actually has something new to say.
90
Drowned in Sound

Throughout American Dream Murphy is looking inward more than ever, it’s just that age allows him to apply hard won wisdom to his fears.

88
Resident Advisor
LCD Soundsystem have made a better album than they've ever done.
85
Pitchfork
The rebirth of LCD Soundsystem is marked by an extraordinary album obsessed with endings: of friendships, of love, of heroes, of a certain type of geeky fandom, and of the American dream itself.
85
Under The Radar

American Dream is the upshot of a darker, older, wiser LCD Soundsystem.

83
Consequence of Sound

James Murphy and his band of collaborating friends have yet to make a wrong turn over the course of three previous records and American Dream doesn’t blow the perfect game, taking a low-key approach to underscore why people love LCD Soundsystem in the first place.

80
Slant Magazine

While its 1970s and ‘80s influences, whizz-bang synths, and froggy vocals are entirely recognizable, American Dream finds Murphy pushing his compatriots and his own psyche into new, unfamiliar, and often uncomfortable territory. Which is exactly why, as far as reunion albums by aging bands go, this one is about as gratifyingly unpredictable as anyone could have hoped for.

80
musicOMH
Like any other LCD Soundsystem album it will doubtless encourage folk onto their feet, and whilst Murphy may rue a perceived failure to connect, this is where he will unite others.
80
Clash
It’s still imperfect, but even its flaws are worthy of note. The long goodbye is now followed by quite a lengthy return. Long may it last.
80
DIY
The band may be best known for its dance-punk insta-classics, but ‘American Dream’ is, for the most part, dark as fuck.
80
The Line of Best Fit

It’s not that American Dream is subdued, but it certainly lacks straightforward party rippers like “Drunk Girls” and “Daft Punk Is Playing at My House”. That’s not an accident, either; this is, by a long distance, the most introspective work that Murphy has yet turned out.

80
Exclaim!

For now, American Dream does exactly what a new LCD Soundsystem album should do: it brings back the rush that listening to the band always has, and adds a compelling new dimension to the band's sound — a mature, realist darkness that they'd only hinted at previously — that suggests Murphy might have been temporarily out of motivation, but he was never out of ideas.

80
Crack Magazine
Murphy had to earn our trust back with something meaningful; something worth the upset. With this poignant portrait of ageing and ennui in post-satire America, he has.
80
AllMusic

No matter the style or mood of the songs, Murphy's vocals are the main attraction, delivering snaky asides, heartfelt emotion, and insistent chatter in his trademark fashion. The years off haven't quite mellowed him or made him a crooner; he still mixes the tart with the bittersweet like a master chef. The years haven't made LCD Soundsystem any less relevant or important, either.

80
Rolling Stone

James Murphy and his wrecking crew of New York punk-disco marauders don't waste a moment on the superb American Dream – it's a relentless, expansive, maddeningly funny set of songs asking how a lifetime of good intentions and hard work can blow up into such a mess.

80
Time Out London

Making synths and guitars, songwriting and motorik rhythms all work together so well has always been at the heart of LCD Soundsystem. And thankfully, they still do their thing magnificently well. Age be damned.

80
The Observer

Pop stares down the abyss, Murphy seems to be saying, so carpe diem – except, this being LCD Soundsystem, it’s more about seizing the night, where three minutes can unfurl into for ever.

70
Loud and Quiet
The not-so-good news is that it’s LCD’s weakest album. That, however, is like saying ‘Abbey Road’ is The Beatles’ fourth best album. It’s obviously still great, and not just because it’s just there.
70
God Is in the TV
It has to be said that this album may not quite reach the heights of the first two LCD Soundsystems – though those are pretty big landmarks in any music fan’s book. Yet in a year that has also seen a number of other acts producing comeback albums (Ride and Slowdive spring to mind), this stands comfortably alongside them.
70
No Ripcord

American Dream does offer a lot from a songwriting standpoint, and why wouldn’t it? Murphy is a skilled producer with a deft ear for melody. But he’s somehow disrupted that valuable balance of humor and thoughtfulness found in LCD Soundsystem’s past with a more sedate offering that is riddled with mixed messages.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

american dream is a great reconciliation of the two sides of LCD Soundsystem: the post-punk side that wants to rock us to hell and the post-disco/new wave side that wants to get fucked up and dance. american dream draws out good reflections on the monotony of daily life and the sadness it often brings.

60
The Independent

American Dream ... is effectively a straight continuation of its predecessor’s amalgam of electropop, new wave and krautrock, in varying proportions, with varying success.

60
The Needle Drop

New York indietronic legends LCD Soundsystem return with a tepid set of songs with washed out mixes and lackluster lyrics.

Aug 7, 2017
DEEPSLEEP
55
I designed this cover, please be nice
Sep 1, 2017
frienderman
89
CALL THE POLICE THERE'S BEEN A CRIME THIS ALBUM IS TOO GOOD FOR ME TO TAKE IN DURING ONE SITTING SOMEBODY CALL THE POLICE
Sep 1, 2017
Chimecha
NR
Wow, this album is great. I love the basic chord progression, repetitive basslines, and incredibly exhausting track lengths. Look at the cover too, I think I like it just as much as the tracks featured on this album. After 7 years, LCD Soundsystem return to form with an accomplishing effort, possible even better than its predecessors.
Aug 31, 2017
93
A very impressive feat for LCD after all this time. This album fits in perfectly with all their previous work, no problem. That's what is most impressive to me. Sure they try out a few new tricks, but they also give us everything they do best. I can't see how fans wouldn't be pleased with this effort and thensome. I think the intro starts out very strong with "Oh Baby", making it clear they haven't missed a beat after all this time. I definitely really liked the first half, the second ... read more
Sep 4, 2017
Caffro
84
A fine return for the band. I admit I probably had unrealistic expectations in the lead up to the release, as well as following up their last two efforts. I thought Murphy and the gang were sitting on 24 karate gold gems and this album would be a flawless come back, but it has its flaws.

Some serious highlights on this thing including I Used To, which is this laid back, synth heavy jam and I'm really loving the theme and Murphy's delivery. How Do You Sleep is another favorite of mine and ... read more
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Added on: June 19, 2017