...LCD Soundsystem for one thing. Sound of Silver, their newest, is not only an exact copy of the debut and the singles, but, even more deplorable a fact, the group has opted to inject even more blatant influences into their music. More than one song just screams "I just adore Bowie's Berlin trilogy". Yeah! Who didn't? In 1980! Time to change out of that Future Days T-shirt, James, because this sounds like days past and it smells a bit too (of Hunky Dory, on the zum kotzen abomination that is 'New York I Love You'). Of course it will undoubtedly be a huge hit because all tracks sound catchy as hell. Luckily their live shows - they were quite stunning when I saw them - might compensate. But not much.
(I am actually a little torn up by this judgement, because James Murphy is one of the most sympathetic guys I ever talked to. But, hey, fuck it, he should have made a good record then.)
...Bloc Party, for another thing. A Weekend in the City smells even more of the copier. In certain circles 'The Prayer' may pass for invention and innovation, but to me it reeks of trying something new because you are a one-trick pony (the 'one trick' then being the fine singles trilogy Banquet-So Here We Are-Helicopter). Worse is that not one song on the new album equals those fine, urgent singles. Though you got to credit the group for the - too much absent in contemporary pop music - guts of coming up with a protest song like 'Hunting for Witches', it is a shame that the song behind the title does nothing much. As they say: the sophomore album is the true test. They fail. Au suivant!