This Is Happening - LCD Soundsystem
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  • Summary: The third album for the dance-rock band is reportedly James Murphy's last as LCD Soundsystem.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. This Is Happening is looking back on a life well lived and well learned, the final cap on a perfect career.
  2. While it’s certainly still working for him now—This Is Happening is, in all respects, LCD’s best album—it doesn’t take much to imagine the act becoming a tired gag a couple more albums down the line.
  3. 90
    In it’s complete scope, the album contains all the master works we’re usually too scared to expect from a full-length these days.
  4. With This Is Happening, Murphy remains far ahead of pretenders trying to steal his thunder. [Jun 2010, p.107]
  5. This Is Happening doesn’t quite reach the monumental heights of Sound of Silver, but it serves as a almost-there companion and further proof that LCD Soundsystem is one of the most exciting and interesting bands around in the 2000s.
  6. 75
    The new record doesn't quite live up to its predecessor, but its middle third is especially strong.
  7. Despite occasional flashes of brilliance it’s a patchy, derivative work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 38
  2. Negative: 5 out of 38
  1. Apr 28, 2011
    10
    This album is jumpin! groovy as hell. Funky electronic sounds, great beats, great drummer- he just fits with the music. Under some circumstances, it just sounds reminiscent of the 80's, but it is oh so fresh at the same time. Eclectic, cool, bright and interesting lyrics. Thick electronic bass lines, melody lines. The quality on the CD sounds amazing, well mixed and recorded, well put together with no gaps and no distortion or filler underneath, everything placed perfectly but perfectly wild for the creativity to leap out of the music. Needless to say, the songs aren't dull, this album will have bouncing. Expand
  2. Aug 6, 2011
    10
    Along with Arcade Fire's The Suburbs and Josh Ritter's So Runs the World Away, this was my favorite album of 2010. I'd hate for this to be the last LCD Soundsystem album, but we'll always have "Home". Expand
  3. Aug 13, 2010
    10
    This is Happening wonâ
  4. Apr 8, 2011
    9
    They say it's better to quit while still on top, and this is LCD at it's best. May not be as good as the magnificent Sound of Silver but it certainly holds its own. Now LCD has released 3 great albums, enough to earn a distinguished place in music history. Expand
  5. Feb 16, 2012
    8
    A very enjoyable record and a pity it's LCD's last. The opener Dance Yrself Clean is as good an album introduction as you'll ever here. Followed up by the single Drunk Girls keeps things flowing along nicely. The whole record has got a sound from another time - for some reason New York of the 80's comes to mind when I listen to it. That may just be me but this record definitely stands out amongst other releases of the year for sounding different to anything else. The records centre piece Can Change is a typical example and sounds like something Gary Numan would come out with. Expand
  6. Mar 22, 2011
    7
    Yep, Talking Heads + Enoesque sounds + a bit of Bowie (without the amazing voice). Starts fantastically with Dance Yrself Clean, and never reaches the same height again. Drunk Girls is very annoying and unlistenable. There's some good stuff like All I want and I Can Change, but doesn't do much for me. I don't see the genius. Bringing back old 80's sounds, and making them fresh again is admirable, but I think he is overhyped. -each of the first 5 albums by the talking heads is better. Expand
  7. Nov 12, 2010
    1
    It is despicable that this is tagged with dance-punk so often, when this truly holds no regards to anything of the sort, especially in this day and age of electronic dominance within music. This sounds to be stuck in the late-seventies, drenched in horribly bland white-man's funk (read as: Talking Heads), with no appeal or impact of any regard to be had. A continuing trend for this band. Their 2007 album was less expressive than their debut. The good news is, they can't get any worse. Expand

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