LCD Soundsystem - 'American Dream'

9/10

It must have taken a lot of persuasion for James Murphy to bring back the LCD Soundsystem project, given how much of a effort was made when the band originally bowed out back in 2011. But he obviously wasn't going to make a comeback unless he had the perfect record to do it with, and from just an initial listen of this new full-length, it seems that Murphy and co. are back with more than simply a bang.

Following on from their third album 'This Is Happening' from 2010, 'American Dream' sees itself more as a curtain call than its predecessor. Filled with a far more sombre direction, the album is constantly reminded you of its finality, whether it relate to youth, friendship, or in fact, the American Dream itself. But the most engaging part of this new release is just how well they were able to step back into the LCD-shoes after so many years out of practise. It has a nostalgic connection to those early releases and manages to rekindle both the energy and sound of their formative years to create a fluid and memorable album.

This is most definitely the best LCD Soundsystem album since 'Sound Of Silver', and without ever trying to push the envelope, creates a forward-thinking ambition through the guise of their own origins. This is the LCD Soundsystem album fans would have expected and it is so relieving to hear them pull out their best for their majestic return.

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