- This Is Happening

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
CRITIC SCORE
85
Based on 28 reviews
2010 Rank: #13 / 818
USER SCORE
87
Based on
310 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club

Perhaps the rumor that this is his last LCD album is behind that newfound urgency. If true, it’s a shame, as the band’s Krautrock/Talking Heads-funk fusion has never sounded livelier.

100
No Ripcord

Wearing his love for Bowie on his sleeve for all to see serves him well - this album is the most lyrically focused LCD outing and the most uncompromising, with most songs breaking the six minute mark and a few breaking nine. It’s not just a great dance album; it’s a great pop album.

92
Pitchfork

Even considering his bold-name touchstones for This Is Happening, it would be shortsighted to cry rip-off; Murphy is remaking essential 70s art-rock in his own hyper-modern, self-aware image.

80
AllMusic

This Is Happening doesn’t quite reach the monumental heights of Sound of Silver, but it serves as an almost-there companion and further proof that LCD Soundsystem is one of the most exciting and interesting bands around in the 2000s.

70
Drowned in Sound

If Sound of Silver was the sound of someone reaching far enough to make something just plain great, then This is Happening is the sound of a man with great taste who really understands music, making dumb body music with hidden depths if anyone cares to investigate.

80
Passing through my initial listens now. Was dubious about buying this one due to the writings of the musical literates who listed all the influences that this album draws from and claimed it was a bad thing. There's nothing LCD Sound-system has produced in the past that I did do not appreciate and enjoy. This album is nothing short.
Rock and roll are just cleaned up blues. Everything's been implemented and nothing's original. Shakespeare stole, so did Dylan, so did the Stones and the Beatles, ... read more
EMR
83
James Murphy points up again in his final release under the LCD Soundsystem moniker. He and his band complete the cycle with an album that is arguably even more solid and fun than Sound of Silver. The multi-task line of work of the project indicates Murphy's versatility as a singer and songwriter, sometimes betting in organic instrumentation rock/funk tracks, sometimes turning to a complete electronic environment, often bringing solid results on both sides, revealing a band that has perfected ... read more
75
Fav Tracks: Dance Yrself Clean, Home, Drunk Girls
82
Another set of urban excitement flavored with familiar warmth and lively spirit..
This is happening and is happening NOW!
Tom Simmons
91
Fav Tracks: I Can Change, Drunk Girls, One Touch, Dance Yrself Clean, All I Want, You Wanted A Hit, Pow Pow, Home
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DETAILS

May 18, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
DFA / Virgin / Label
The DFA / Producer
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 4 - A.V. Club
# 5 - Amazon
# 6 - Billboard
# 9 - Clash
# 17 - Consequence of Sound
# 6 - DIY
# 9 - Drowned in Sound
# 36 - MOJO
# 6 - musicOMH
# 4 - NME
# 1 - No Ripcord
# 11 - One Thirty BPM
# 1 - Paste
# 2 - Pitchfork
# 6 - PopMatters
# 7 - Prefix
# 8 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 23 - Q Magazine
# 1 - Rhapsody SoundBoard
# 10 - Rolling Stone
# 23 - Slant
# 4 - Spin
# 7 - Spinner
# 13 - Stereogum
# 3 - Time
# 37 - Tiny Mix Tapes
# 9 - Uncut
# 17 - Under the Radar
Track List
  1. Dance Yrself Clean
  2. Drunk Girls
  3. One Touch
  4. All I Want
  5. I Can Change
  6. You Wanted a Hit
  7. Pow Pow
  8. Somebody's Calling Me
  9. Home

 

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