Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 38 Critics

Critic 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. Murphy is still a brat, but this is a more emotionally mature and personal album than most of us thought him capable of.
  3. His third album as LCD Soundsystem moves even further beyond ironic distance toward introspection and unguarded affection.
  4. This Is Happening is looking back on a life well lived and well learned, the final cap on a perfect career.
  5. 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.
  6. Murphy once again shows off his encyclopedic knowledge of all things post-punk and zip-tight. But he's also swimming up some serious stuff himself, including Eno and David Bowie's sacrosanct Berlin trilogy. And against his own prediction, it's far from horrible; it's actually pretty perfect.
  7. This Is Happening suffers no shortage of really great songs. Each track is a well-executed study in the finer points of the long form, each thumping and building, wavering and shifting in the haze of its own self-contained ecosystem.
  8. Suffused with an indefinable sense of melancholy, the likes of ‘I Can Change’, ‘Home’ and ‘Dance Yrself Clean’ instil the rubbery electro with a tangible soul - whilst ‘Drunk Girls’ delivers a giddy hit of bony post-punk.
  9. 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.
  10. James Murphy absolutely crushes the follow up, placing him on the shortlist of artists that truly matter, [Spring 2010, p.64]
  11. 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.
  12. The ghosts of some of the greats are there for sure, but in the end, This Is Happening sounds like no one except LCD Soundsystem.
  13. As its title hints, this overstuffed album of addictive party starters seems likely to be stuck in our present for a long time to come.
  14. It in many ways is the most danceable LCD album yet, a celebration of losing yourself in semi-darkness and a sea of undulating bodies between the speaker cabinets.
  15. This Is Happening is a record that knows -- made by a band that knows -- that disco is better when it's just not so satisfied with itself.
  16. 84
    Like all good things—especially good byes—it comes to an end. And with that, Mr. Murphy goes out on top.
  17. LCD Soundsystem principal James Murphy is at his cynical best on the act's third album, This Is Happening.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 171 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 39
  2. Negative: 6 out of 39
  1. Aug 13, 2010
    10
    This is Happening wonâ
  2. ChelvisM
    Jun 9, 2010
    5
    By far LCD's worst effort yet. A sad recycling of the other albums. These lyrics are whack.
  3. Oct 8, 2011
    10
    The best but last album of this great project by James Murphy gets to it's end with remarkable songs and different lyrics. Not as great asThe best but last album of this great project by James Murphy gets to it's end with remarkable songs and different lyrics. Not as great as Sound Of Silver, but great at the same way, songs like "I Can Change" e "Drunk Girls" show us that mr. Murphy might be the creative genious we-ve been looking for. Full Review »