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Aging hipsters have been kicking around the margins of the scene since the 60s—a little too tired to dance and a little too grizzled to expect a rock band to change their life—and for all the flack they take from the younger generation, they’re among the more interesting people at any given party.

All of which is to say, the new LCD Soundsystem album is pretty damn good, and we’re coming around to James Murphy as a skinny-tie-wearing, 80s-dancing icon for our times. As it turns out, adulthood doesn’t just mean a square job and a fear of hangovers.

He’s more curmudgeonly than anyone else making dance music—but thanks to an extra decade or two, he’s pretty damn good at it. Give him the right backing track, and he even comes across as wise.

—R.B.

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  • Russell Brandom