This Is Happening

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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. Golden-voiced Murphy, however, doesn't try for any cheap Bowie-baritone vocal mimicry, and his lyrics and musicianship have greater depth and polish. The best inspiration should come with improvements, and Murphy's are vast.
  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. Not only has the band wrapped up the themes of the record with impeachable, spotless playing and production, but the man at the center of it all hasn’t lost his penchant for writing quality tunes either, as nearly anything you blind-spot off This Is Happening will prove.
  4. If ‘This Is Happening’ must be a parting shot from this smartest and most human of dance machines, it’s a fine one. Though by LCD’s own standards this takes second place to ‘Sound Of Silver’’s unquestionable gold medal, by any other current band’s measure this is an all-out classic.
  5. You could argue that This Is Happening lacks its predecessor's startling sense of mapping out new territories, but if it confines itself to doing what LCD Soundsystem do, it does it all incredibly well.
  6. This Is Happening brims with smaller joys: the contrast between the wafer-dry vocal harmonies and funk-sopping synth bass on “Dance Yourself Clean”; the cut-rate laser noises on the calisthenic banger “Pow Pow.” These things accrue into a wry loveliness that’s never easy or expected.
  7. Despite occasional flashes of brilliance it’s a patchy, derivative work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 39
  2. Negative: 6 out of 39
  1. ShannonT
    May 27, 2010
    This is the best album of 2010!
  2. Oct 6, 2011
    When "New York I love you" I literally cried. Great album for a great band. I had the pleasure of seeing their final concert, I will never forget it
  3. Aug 13, 2010
    This is Happening wonâ
  4. RodrigoT
    May 18, 2010
    Very great album!
  5. Christopher
    May 20, 2010
    More of the same. That's not necessarily a bad thing.
  6. Nov 22, 2010
    The album should've been revisited before release, although the most beautiful thing about this album is that it's actually fun to listeningThe album should've been revisited before release, although the most beautiful thing about this album is that it's actually fun to listening to, but some of the songs need some editing for run time. Expand
  7. Zeus
    May 18, 2010
    " doesn

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