This Is Happening
LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2010 Rank: #12 / 832
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Based on 455 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.

100
Entertainment Weekly

Golden-voiced Murphy ... 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.

93
Paste

Murphy and his crew are fully committed to this album. There’s a remarkable sustained energy to this collection; its electronic textures thrum and shimmy, and wall after sonic wall is built up and torn down with impeccable precision.

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.

90
Under The Radar

Somehow Murphy not only lives up to this self-imposed pressure, he revels in it. Each dip and twirl and change of pace clears the way for something even more exciting. It's roller coaster music.

90
Clash

As farewells go, this is proper fond. Sound of gold!

90
The Needle Drop
LCD Soundsystem's third and final album is an ambitious trip into the sounds of dance and rock fusion.
86
Beats Per Minute

While This is Happening isn’t as wall-to-wall brilliant as Sound of Silver, if it is indeed his last record with this project, he’s leaving his legacy in just as good of shape as Jay-Z left his with The Black Album before his (unfortunately temporary) retirement.

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.

80
Consequence of Sound

Sure LCD Soundsystem songs are fun, but they also make you question why they are fun, whether they are actually fun, what fun means, whether we can ever answer these questions, and whether when all is done, are you happy with what you’re doing. It’s meta-party music.

80
Rolling Stone

On This Is Happening, Murphy, now 40, remains a hipster, often expressing his emotions through quips, asides and allusions ... But Happening also includes Murphy's most earnest, lovelorn songs.

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.

May 14, 2017
SiberianBreaks
41
Heading back to LCD Soundsystem just now only made me realize the type of fan I was of theirs back then. Sure, I could always find myself replaying select moments of genius off any of their albums, but me actually being able to stomach listening to their projects from front to back remain a complete blur.

For what it offers in its excessive length of rehashed material, This Is Happening remains as the biggest slog to get through in the band's career. Surprising as 65 minutes should not even be ... read more
May 1, 2017
Pmarf46
84
Meaty, dense and innovative, This Is Happening takes everything Murphy did with LCD up to this point and packages it into one lengthy but captivating album. Murphy, more than anything else, understands the importance of build up in his songs, and knows exactly when to hold back versus when to hit you hard. The songs on here, individually, are too good to ignore, with each one certainly making a claim for the standout moment. From the heavy, heart-stopping bass punches on "Dance Yrself ... read more
Feb 22, 2017
exception
85
A great progression with the original electronic rock sounds that were shown on Sound of Silver. Albeit This Is Happening is far from being as enjoyable as SOS, it has some great tunes, and slightly better songwriting on some tracks.

fav tracks: Dance Yrself Clean (standout, one of the best songs in their discography), Home, You Wanted A Hit, One Touch
May 27, 2016
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
Nov 13, 2017
85
Excellent