Matt’s skepticism is warranted here. I never picked up Sound of Silver but I asked for it for Christmas, got it, and… it’s really pretty middling. It opens with “Get Innocuous!” which has this promise of humor, of a good hook, but really just sits there burbling for seven minutes. That’s the case with most of the album. It seems better than it is because the 1-2-3 punch of “North American Scum” and “Someone Great” and “All My Friends” is, yes, 20 of the best minutes of 2007.
It’s not impossible to make hooky “dance music for adults,” either. Roisin Murphy (and before that Moloko) does it pretty effortlessly, and her second solo album is as catchy as the work of 1000 Swedish songsmiths-for-hire.