LCD Soundsystem takes live show to Electric Lady 

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Since James Murphy put LCD Soundsystem on hiatus in 2011 with a five-LP set of its final NYC concert, it’s reasonable to wonder if a new live album by the reconstituted band is necessary. The double-LP set Electric Lady Sessions (Columbia) justifies itself by focusing on newer songs from American Dream as well as unexpected covers. It also was recorded in Jimi Hendrix’s revamped Electric Lady Studios, where artists such as Patti Smith and The Kills have offered live-in-studio sets in recent years. To call the set a necessary document is an understatement.

The band launches with a Human League cover, “Seconds,” that sounds like Interpol on steroids. Older songs from the 2005-2011 era are given a crisp and throbbing interpretation, but it’s newer songs like “Tonite” and “I Used To” that carry the day. The addition of cover songs from Chic and Heaven 17 puts LCD Soundsystem solidly in the camp of musicians that owned Electric Lady.


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