Album Review: LCD Soundsystem - The London Sessions (DFA/EMI)

It's a chance to study the craftsman’s tiniest taps

Album Review: LCD Soundsystem - The London Sessions (DFA/EMI)

While most dance acts thrive on the dizziness and delight of the moment, [a]LCD Soundsystem[/a] benefit from the stark spotlight of a trapped-in-amber ‘live in the studio’ album: clarity, purity, the chance to study the craftsman’s tiniest taps. With his finest tracks lasso’d together, you can notice the immaculate progression of [b]James Murphy[/b], from the way the scratchy early disco dabbling of ‘[a]Daft Punk[/a]…’ has been polished and refined into a barrage of laser-guided bursts from the first ever Korg equipped with a death ray, to [b]‘I Can Change’[/b], a classic [a]Scott Walker[/a] croon crammed through [a]Gary Numan[/a]’s iciest synths. If this album and tour really were the end of LCD, at least we can say, “we were there…”

[b]Mark Beaumont[/b]

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8 out of 10

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