Universal acclaim - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 100
    An exceptional testament to James Murphy, both as a musician and producer.
  2. While LCD Soundsystem is grounded in the past, quality and talent make it an album deserving to be listened to for years to come. Talk to me in a few months, but I think this one won't be beat.
  3. Uncut
    It's like the best music of the '70s compressed under '80s new wave dynamics. [Feb 2005, p.74]
  4. Blender
    Murphy pushes the near-immaculate music into the realm of genius with witty lyrics and wonderfully tetchy vocals. [Mar 2005, p.141]
  5. Alternative Press
    Ample evidence that Murphy is far more than a dance-club wiseguy who's too clever by half. [Apr 2005, p.128]
  6. After disappointing would-be breakthrough releases from so many of the discopunk frontlines, this is an album that’s more easily classifiable as “great” for what it isn’t, rather than what it is. It’s not inconsistent. It’s not a total deviation from what we know of the group. It’s never dull. And, most importantly--it is in no way a let down.
  7. Entertainment Weekly
    Unites the club and indie-rock crowds in ways few have attempted since the '80s. [25 Feb 2005, p.100]
  8. LCD Soundsystem have set 2005's bar very high indeed and they sound like they’ve barely got started.
  9. [It] could be annoying if it turned into a game of "spot the references", but somehow it never does.
  10. Like just about everybody else these days, Murphy's more skilled at creating isolated tracks than making full-lengths, even though this particular full-length has few weak spots and unfolds smoothly as you listen to it from beginning to end. The bonus disc, containing all the stray single tracks, adds a great deal of value.
  11. Intellectual without being snotty, encyclopaedic yet accessible, it takes the seemingly stalled electro model and kick-starts it into outer space.
  12. Every song here, on both discs, is interesting and amazingly well-crafted.
  13. A second disc which recaps some of the prior singles and B-sides resonates wonderfully, and provides a contrast for the new material, which is the same only better, faster and harder.
  14. LCD Soundsystem doesn't quite overcome the high bar set by its bonus disc. That might sound rough, but fortunately, just compiling all of Murphy & Co's singles on one handy CD provides a valuable service for newcomers to his eclectically retro style.
  15. Spin
    He's got an excellent ear, a savvy way with hooks, and an untrained voice that knows its limitations. [Mar 2005, p.88]
  16. Plenty of good-not-great stuff, and a tad unfocused.
  17. A disparate yet cohesive collection of songs.
  18. New Musical Express (NME)
    If he carries on writing songs as deliciously sour as this, dance music will end up needing to be saved from James Murphy, not by him. [22 Jan 2005, p.50]
  19. Q Magazine
    The key is that Murphy, unlike his peers and the bands he's produced, is more interested in excellence than cool. [Feb 2005, p.96]
  20. Marries raw rock attitudes to the sonic spread and kinetic energy central to dance music.
  21. LCD have managed to be both underground hitmakers and bona fide album artists as easily as Murphy splices guitar noise and machine thump.
  22. Mojo
    Inescapably, Losing My Edge is the best thing here, yet happily Murphy has more than one trick up his stylish sleeve. [Feb 2005, p.101]
  23. Urb
    It's mostly about a rollicking anti-frat party, where grizzled indie kids take ecstasy and discover the primal appeal of the dance floor. [Mar 2005, p.112]
  24. It took ages to arrive, but LCD Soundsystem isn't the album you've been waiting for -- it's far, far better.
  25. The Wire
    LCD Soundsystem's gift is to forge iron from irony, show that cleverness need not be enervating. [#252, p.46]
  26. It's a classic case of debut album as faux anthology of musical influences, but it's also a successful collection with a marked sense of individuality, massively helped by Murphy's dry sense of humor, which demonstrates a willingness to embrace the contradiction at the heart of his musical personality.
  27. Under The Radar
    The varied sounds and variety show that he has more tricks up his sleeve than I was led to believe. [#9]
  28. Magnet
    You can dance to almost anything here, but between breaths, you'll marvel at his control and the way each sound pops like a primary color. [#67, p.104]
  29. Here the whole sum is less than its individual parts: individual tracks display real quality, but the album fails to cohere.
  30. LCD Soundsystem shares some of Slanted & Enchanted's sloppy-but-right brio, but where Pavement used their album to expand, LCD's first disc... sounds like a contraction, each song its own discrete postcard from a field trip rather than a canvas on which to mesh multiple ideas.
  31. It seems Murphy enrolled in the Mark E. Smith School of Pronuncia-shun-uh for several of the tracks, but he manages to jump from messy psych ("Tired") to straight-up jams ("Yeah") without turning in his indie cred card.
  32. Built on a repetitious platform of bass, drums and guitar, what starts off as a genuinely thrilling journey tends to conclude in a cul-de-sac.
  33. Murphy lets the pace slacken - and as soon as it does, interest fades.
  34. In some ways, the release is validated almost completely by the inclusion of a bonus disc that includes all previous singles from LCD Soundsystem, most of which feel more thought-out and slamming than much of what resides on the album itself.
  35. LCD Soundsystem is mostly too afraid to be balls-out fun, but too unambitious to make for a really rewarding artistic experience. Essentially, it sits awkwardly in a no-man’s land between artistry and actual dancing fun, like guess-what-demographic.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 130 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 130
  1. EdwardE
    Mar 2, 2005
    I don't understand the hype. Sure it's an okay mashing of dance beats & angular guitars, but... It's also highly repetitive.
  2. MarkJ
    May 11, 2007
    Even better than the first album, every song is worth of a single release
  3. PhilPhil
    Mar 20, 2005
    Good, not a classic, you should be liking it a lot more than you are. Another overrated, overhyped dance album pumped up by Good, not a classic, you should be liking it a lot more than you are. Another overrated, overhyped dance album pumped up by hipsters who are just begging indie kids to break out into synth inspired dance moves. But definetly worth a listen, there are highlights, just dont expect it to change your life, as the indie press would have you believe it does. Full Review »