LCD Soundsys­tem

Sunday Star-Times - Escape - - FRONT PAGE -

Amer­i­can Dream (Sony) ★★★★ Just a few years shy of 50, LCD’s main man James Mur­phy is no spring chicken. Yet this first record in seven years presents a sound that’s fresh and vi­brant and ce­ments the group as pure stal­warts of the in­die-elec­tronic sound. LCD have al­ways been good at sit­ting in a groove and re­sist­ing the urge to jump from pro­gres­sion to pro­gres­sion. This is cer­tainly a stylis­tic fea­ture on Amer­i­can Dream, an el­e­ment that gives the Brook­lyn eight-piece their in­fec­tious dance edge. Mur­phy ex­udes an al­most Bowie-like feel, a more than wel­come in­flu­ence that isn’t overly de­riv­a­tive. Amer­i­can Dream is a far cry from the hordes of EDM pro­duc­ers blow­ing up at present, yet its dance­abil­ity is in­fin­itely more pure. – Hugh Collins

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