Sound of Silver is definitely one of my top 10 fave albums of all time, so I was hoping that Ryan Leas will do it justice. Well no worries, he does and I like the way he approaches the album.
Rather than a detailed history of recording techniques, Leas focuses Murphy’s ideas behind the album. This includes meditations on age, as an New York outsider and James Murphy’s role in the New York music scene. Obviously there are some stories behind the songs but the focus is on Murphy’s cultural impact when Sound of Silver came out.
This volume is lovingly told and a great companion to the other books in this series, which are about the New York punk scene.