The second full-length from James Murphy's LCD project has just the right balance of hooky tunes and edgy cleverness. It's good solid dance-pop, with dashes of glam-rock in the stomping chorus of "North American Scum" and jerky funk in "Us v Them", while the vocal harmonies of "Get Innocuous" undulate over the skittering groove like something from Talking Heads' "Remain in Light". Its lyrics, delivered with sardonic tone by Murphy, drip with the jaded dancefloor veteran. But most importantly the album boasts some plain strong beats and grooves, from the wistful "Someone Great" and the hypnotic, New Order-tinged "All My Friends" to the pure, icy repetition of the title track. The most welcome surprise is saved for the end, the piano confessional "New York I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down", which blurts out its urban confusion at the pace of David Bowie's "Five Years".
June 27, 2008
See blog entry: Crisp dance-pop for the summer (28 Jun, 2008)