45:33 - LCD Soundsystem
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  • Summary: Originally conceived for Nike as a workout mix and released on iTunes, the physical release includes three songs previously available only in the UK.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 45:33 deftly segues from the smooth funk favored by Levan to synth-pop and Talking Heads-style polyrhythms before opening into serious space-party territory.
  2. LCD mastermind James Murphy took a lot of flack from indie didacts for aligning with Nike last year, but it's worth asking, no less now than then: Who else would make this good on a payday premise that just as easily could have been phoned in?
  3. 45:33 works both as exercise-soundtrack and discopunk-odyssey because James Murphy understands how to make people move on a basic, physical level. [Review of UK release]
  4. A sleek melding of soul, disco, techno, Eno-esque ambient, gospel, and hi-NRG electro.
  5. You can hear an early, instrumental version of 'Someone Great' here, and it's pretty melody, twinkling xylophones and pulsing synths are mesmerising enough to take your mind off the pain of physical exertion.
  6. If you already have the original download from last year, there isn't a ton here that's really alluring, although the three bonus tracks are all pretty good in an of themselves. If you haven't yet heard this one, its by all means time to pick it up.
  7. 45:33 is as much gallery-crawl as beach-run; purpose-built in gliding tempos and warm-down synth shimmers for iPod-strapped runners, yet appropriate for a cruise through the Whitney, too. [Review of UK release]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. WillJ
    Jan 6, 2008
    Tim T is a twat!
  2. RogerS.
    Nov 28, 2007
    This is the future and this is NOW!!!!! Did you know this guy turned down being a writer for Sienfeld because he wanted to start his own band. Wow, I am blown away. What music is going to become. Expand
  3. AndrewH.
    Dec 7, 2007
    I agree with Roger--James Murphy is moving music along faster and better than any artist out there in my opinion. Jack White may be making a bit better music but garage rock can't last forever. Murphy's work suggests he's leaving our planet to get new material. Expand
  4. BrianO'D
    Nov 28, 2007
    Totally entertaining, always moving and a very slick composition from Mr James Murphy. Imagine being commissioned by the very deep pockets of the Nike enterprise to remix your own music! Light up...Goof-out...and get paid.. QED. Expand
  5. Han
    Dec 2, 2010
    Just a heads up for Tim T and anyone who thinks that this album copied Someone Great, if you actually checked the release dates you would see that it was actually released before Sound of Silver so it didn't really just recycle it. Plus the rest of the album is good and provides a solid beat for when you are running. Expand
  6. DanS.
    Dec 9, 2007
    A really good piece of music here. Sound of Silver is still better than in in 9 out of 10 ways, but that's just because that album is incredible. To clarify a complaint mentioned below, this was released before the second LP, so it really contains what was a very exiting preview for "Someone Great" when it first came out. I agree with Joe E that there's some discrepancy with regard to the timing of this on digital release in contrast to the way In Rainbows was handled on this site, but eh, it's not such a big deal. LCD fans and runners alike should check this out. Expand
  7. TimT.
    Nov 28, 2007
    Before I get to my review, let me just say that this is ridiculous. Apparently, in the eyes of critics, James Murphy can do absolutely no wrong as an artist. Number 5 of the year? Beating out his own latest LP? Oh please. These critics are on reefer or something. Now to the review; It's too damn long. I can't possibly enjoy a huge 46 minute song. It's as long as a damn LP! And I specifically can't stand one that reverts to recycled beats! About 7 minutes in it just goes into "Someone Great" for about 2 minutes (not to say that isn't a great song, I was just expecting to get a lot of new material here). Look, as someone who listens to music while doing almost everything, I can honestly say I don;t know what people are talking about here. It's ok. It's just a song. That's basically it. It sort of works your brain and engages you and your metabolism, but I would almost always rather throw on a full album (much rather a full LCD Soundsystem) while doing housework or running than listen to this song. Expand

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