The bass snaps are crisp, the drums are almost felt more than heard, and Murphy’s voice swims through the band’s tumbling arrangements as naturally as if it was the product of their harmony. Every bar feels purposeful, even amid the No Wave scrawl of Change Yr Mind and the sparse build-up of How Do You Sleep. Murphy is still as poignant as ever: critically sharp on hedonismdiss Tonite, crucially empathetic on back-to-back knockouts Call The Police and American Dream. Age smooths all, but American Dream shows that while LCD Soundsystem might’ve sacrificed their edge, they’ve gained something far more enduring.
American Dream is out September 1 via Sony.