Shut Up And Play The Hits

A great insight into a cherished music adventure
Shut Up And Play The Hits
James Murphy is crying. This originator, song-writer, multi-instrumentalist and lead singer of LCD Soundsystem is bawling his eyes out in a secure lock-up.

Around him is the technical paraphernalia that helped make his band great. The analogue keyboards are silent; they are ready for dust after Murphy just publically killed off LCD Soundsystem with a final, epic, four-hour farewell concert at Madison Square Gardens in 2011.

Murphy has gifted fans a documentary/live show that was filmed in the final days of the band. The footage is as funny as Murphy is himself - in fact he may be at his comic and humble best.

Throughout the film we see the juxtaposition of an overly emotional set of musicians and fans dance their last dreams away before we are treated to Murphy at his most exposed. At one juncture the dialogue of a deeply pretentious interview is chopped into him at his most prone: trimming his grey nasal hair in an extended scene that tethers the star firmly to reality.

Throughout the film, the cinematography and the music is razor sharp. Never has the band looked or sounded as good. The basslines are huge, the rhythms thunder and Murphy is magnificent and startling humble and exposed.

Shut Up And Play The Hits is a great insight into a cherished music adventure. It makes LCD Soundsystem sound essential, vital and progressive and it’s a crushing but fascinating conclusion when the credits roll. All we can do now is press play again and wait for his next move.

8/10

Words by MATTHEW BENNETT




SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS
DIRECTORS DYLAN SOUTHERN AND WILL LOVELACE
RELEASED SEPTEMBER 4TH
CERT TBC

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