Wednesday, January 03, 2007

And 2007 will not be the year of...

...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!

5 comments:

Tal said...

so who's gonna be the man of 2007? erol alkan? matt edwards?

when the lcd album finally drops, the remixes will compensate for lack of innovation. the hype around it as well, it's just an expectations thing. it's like the huge expectations from the tiga debut, back when he didn't seem like a useless madonna imitator - remember it was soulwax and jesper dahlback that produced it.

argh - i guess you're right, no matter how many excuses i make... it's gonna be hard loving james murphy as always.

Martijn said...

Catchiness is all I ask. Originality is for rockists.

Esco said...

Amen!

theo said...

ppff. who cares? the opener of the album is the best LCD Soundsystem son ever. it's the proof that neueurodisco is becoming the trend of 2007. thank god after hippiewippiedippie things like dubstep and minimal.

herman said...

I think Sound Of Silver is about as good as the debutalbum. Both don't come close to the first few singles though. Which strikes me most is that I can cope with James sounding like Bono on All My Friends.