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  • Summary: The third album for the dance-rock band is reportedly James Murphy's last as LCD Soundsystem.

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Home, home, home Home, home, home Take me home Just do it right Make it perfect and real Because it's everything Though everything was never the... See the rest of the song lyrics
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: 32 out of 41
  2. Negative: 6 out of 41
  1. KevinG.
    May 19, 2010
    Really really good.
  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. MarkF
    May 20, 2010
    This is an excellent album, I'd say better than Sound of Silver. I don't really feel like writing much more, but I could go on for a while.
  5. Christopher
    May 20, 2010
    More of the same. That's not necessarily a bad thing.
  6. THall
    May 26, 2010
    I was worried Murphy was going to mess it up after the brilliance and success of Sound of Silver, one of the previous decade's best. I was worried Murphy was going to mess it up after the brilliance and success of Sound of Silver, one of the previous decade's best. Like that record, it starts well, with Dance Urself Clean, and Murphy, after stumbling with Drunk Girls and One Touch, really hits his stride with All I Want, a great Bowie homage. After that, its mostly great, with the exception of Somebody's Calling Me; You Wanted a Hit and Home are especially great. Shame its his last really. Expand
  7. Zeus
    May 18, 2010
    " doesn

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