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: 31 out of 40
  2. Negative: 6 out of 40
  1. DexStud
    May 19, 2010
    10
    Best dance album ever!!! Every track builds slowly and climaxes into audio splendor! Even better than Sound of Silver.
  2. 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 someThis 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
  3. Aug 13, 2010
    10
    This is Happening wonâ
  4. RodrigoT
    May 18, 2010
    9
    Very great album!
  5. TonyN
    May 20, 2010
    8
    I guarantee you James Murphy is going to pull a Jay-Z and make 15 other albums.
  6. andrewc
    May 18, 2010
    7
    Enjoyable but not mind-blowing.
  7. Zeus
    May 18, 2010
    0
    "...it doesn

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