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

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

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 James Murphy, 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 ‘I Can Change’, 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…”

Mark Beaumont

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8 out of 10