The London Sessions - LCD Soundsystem
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  • Summary: The final album for the electronic artist is an in-studio collection of nine songs the LCD Soundsystem's career.
  • Record Label: Virgin
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Indie Electronic, Alternative Dance
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Where there was honesty in the lyricism of "Losing My Edge" in 2002, there is now sonic honesty in the vivacious rock and roll that is the London Sessions.
  2. Feb 17, 2011
    83
    On the one hand, there are no screaming yahoos baying requests; on the other, there's none of the give-and-take energy so crucial to live performance. So why bother? Mostly, it's the little things.
  3. Feb 17, 2011
    82
    The number of actually transcendent live records--whether recorded at a radio station or in an arena--is almost laughably small considering how many exist. This one's a gift, the second LCD's given us this year.
  4. Feb 17, 2011
    80
    [There] are minor complaints over what is otherwise a magnificent swan song for one of the premiere acts-both in and outside of the studio-of the past ten years.
  5. Feb 17, 2011
    80
    His hopped-up hipster everyman with a bruised heart style is perfect for the band's small-club intensity, and the album leaps out of the speakers with an intense power that makes it more than just a commemoration of their 2010 tour; it's a vital addition to their already near-perfect catalog.
  6. Feb 17, 2011
    80
    While these new recordings aren't that different from the original versions, their stripped-down arrangements highlight the strong songwriting, not to mention the musicianship of everyone involved.
  7. Feb 25, 2011
    60
    The sound is rather dry, and James Murphy's vocals have sounded stronger, but the different nuances audible in "Us V Them" and "Drunk Girls" make this if not a bang, certainly very far from a whimper. [Jan 2011, p.93]

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  1. j30
    Feb 1, 2012
    10
    A perfect good-bye present, especially for anyone who hasn't seen LCD Soundsystem.
  2. Jun 12, 2012
    8
    I may be one of the biggest fans of LCD Soundsystem (particularly, of James Murphy), but this album doesn't add anything new for the band and its sound. Songs like "Get Innocuous", "Daft Punk Is..." and "Pow Pow" have just a little change in the lyrics, new instrument line or a new rhythm. But in my opinion, is a f@#$ing awesome album!!!! But I have to be rigid... Expand