12. LCD Soundsystem, 'Sound of Silver'
James Murphy had already proved his kung-fu as the most badass electro-punk producer in clubland, with DFA, the label he co-founded. But not even fierce fans dreamed he'd make a masterpiece like Sound of Silver. Every track sounded like a different band's greatest hit, from the political punk goof "North American Scum" to the Detroit techno trip "Get Innocuous!" to the synth-pop breakup lament "Someone Great." "All My Friends" was huge, sweeping, ferociously emotional, disco keyboards and rock guitars pulsing as Murphy looked back on a youth of killer parties and silent mornings — a perfect song, from a perfect album.
• Rolling Stone's Original 2007 Review