Universal acclaim - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 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.
  2. Ample evidence that Murphy is far more than a dance-club wiseguy who's too clever by half. [Apr 2005, p.128]
  3. 100
    Murphy pushes the near-immaculate music into the realm of genius with witty lyrics and wonderfully tetchy vocals. [Mar 2005, p.141]
  4. Unites the club and indie-rock crowds in ways few have attempted since the '80s. [25 Feb 2005, p.100]
  5. 100
    An exceptional testament to James Murphy, both as a musician and producer.
  6. Every song here, on both discs, is interesting and amazingly well-crafted.
  7. Intellectual without being snotty, encyclopaedic yet accessible, it takes the seemingly stalled electro model and kick-starts it into outer space.
  8. Plenty of good-not-great stuff, and a tad unfocused.
  9. LCD Soundsystem have set 2005's bar very high indeed and they sound like they’ve barely got started.
  10. [It] could be annoying if it turned into a game of "spot the references", but somehow it never does.
  11. 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.
  12. 83
    He's got an excellent ear, a savvy way with hooks, and an untrained voice that knows its limitations. [Mar 2005, p.88]
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 100
    It's like the best music of the '70s compressed under '80s new wave dynamics. [Feb 2005, p.74]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 108 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 46
  2. Negative: 9 out of 46
  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 »