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Sound Of Silver

EMI Catalogue



CD

Released: 12th Mar 2007

£6.99


2LP

Released: 12th Mar 2007

£32.99


like a distillation of James Murphy's record collection, with traces of post-punk, disco, Krautrock & singer/songwriter schlubs, but the references are evidently harder to pin down.

Murphy has streamlined his sound - All the jagged frays have been removed, replaced by a slightly tidier approach that is more direct & packs more punch. Murphy comes across as a fully naturalized producer of dance music -- especially on "Get Innocuous!" -- as opposed to a product of '90s indie rock who has made a convincing switch-up. And yet, the album's best song is sad, should not be played in any club, and it at least matches the work of any active songwriter who has been praised. "Someone Great," a bittersweet pop song built on swelling synthesizers and a dual vocal-and-glockenspiel melody, could definitely be about a devastating breakup ("To tell the truth I saw it coming/The way you were breathing"), at least until "You're smaller than my wife imagined/Surprised you were human," which could mean the song either took a turn for the absurd or is about the death (and funeral) of a loved one. Either way, it is the most moving song Murphy has made, and it only helps further the notion that he should be considered a great songwriter, not simply a skilled musician with a few studio tricks and the occasional clever quip. The closer, "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down," seals it: "New York, you're perfect, oh please don't change a thing/Your mild billionaire mayor's now convinced he's a king/And so the boring collect -- I mean all disrespect/In the neighborhood bars I'd once dreamt I would drink."
 

Sound Of Silver

Tracklist

  1. Get Innocuous!
  2. Time To Get Away
  3. North American Scum
  4. Someone Great
  5. All My Friends
  6. Us V Them
  7. Watch The Tapes
  8. Sound Of Silver
  9. New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down