Slate on LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends”

31 07 2007

Hua Hsu in Slate.com

Ecstasy is a hell of a drug. Like many pill-shaped thrills, it reminds one that he or she is alive by slowing down the unforgiving march of time into a jumble of eternally pleasurable moments. The effect: a vision of the world that is ultimately unsustainable. It is important to keep this in mind when listening to “All My Friends,” the brilliant and deeply nostalgic new single from LCD Soundsystem. While the song bears all the traits of a ubiquitous dance-club hit, this only half-explains its massive popularity. At heart, “All My Friends” is a poignant piece of songwriting designed to resonate with those in the upper limits of the 18-to-34-year-old demographic. It’s a song written by a middle-ager that looks back upon the kinds of simple momentary glories it’s likely soundtracking this summer: hanging out, joking around, escaping into flings, and dancing on drugs.

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