"American Dream"

"American Dream"

Music CD - 2017
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Publisher: New York : Columbia Records, [2017]
Copyright Date: ℗2017
Characteristics: 1 audio disc (1 hr., 8 min., 38 sec.) : CD audio, stereo ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
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Alternative Title: American dream


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May 21, 2018

James Murphy is back. I love this album from start to finish. I don't think any of the songs on American Dream are as life changing as "Dance Yrself Clean" or "All My Friends", but it's great all the way through. My favorite song on the album, "i used to" is a dancey-banger about looking back on his younger self - "I used to dance alone of my own volition / I used to wait all night for the rock transmissions". Maybe I'm just aging along with them, but this might be my favorite LCD.

Apr 03, 2018

"The old guys are frightening and frightening to behold."
Nostalgia is almost instantaneous these days. This especially applies to music as pretty much every beloved (and obscure) band from the 80s and 90s has reunited. After releasing 3 classic albums over the space of a decade and doing more than any other band to shift indie music from guitars to dance, NYC's LCD Sounsystem did a big blow out final concert in 2011 at Madison Square Garden, which was commemorated in a film and a live album, for those who couldn't make it. While I was sad, I also admired a band going out on top, something that can be said about very few musicians. So I was understandably anxious when I heard the James Murphy and crew were playing some reunion shows a few years ago. I mean, it hadn't even been a decade. They so defined the sound of the '00s that I didn't know if could possibly live up to the high bar they set. When I saw them on "SNL" last year, performing the two key tracks of the new album, "Call the Police" and "American Dream," I was floored. And when "American Dream" finally came out, I regretted ever having doubted them. It is another great album from the band, one that finds them in a melancholy, reflective mood, perhaps because of the death of two key influences, David Bowie and Suicide's Alan Vega, both of whom are referenced. This is music to dance to and music to cry to, perfect for our political moment.

LPL_IanS Nov 02, 2017

American Dream is a very solid collection of electronic dance rock. It's not substantially different from the more recent-ish LCD Soundsystem offerings, but when it comes to these guys, there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing.


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