LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
Critic Score
Based on 38 reviews
2010 Ratings: #21 / 924
Year End Rank: #3
User Score
2010 Rank: #6All Time: #188
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NOW Magazine
Murphy is still a brat, but this is a more emotionally mature and personal album than most of us thought him capable of.
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.

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.

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
musicOMH

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.

90
PopMatters

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.

90
Clash

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

90
Resident Advisor

This is Happening doesn't succeed as mere gold nugget pastiche though. Murphy embeds these references into the kind of physical trap-jams on which he and the DFA brand have always thrived.

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
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.

85
Prefix

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.

84
Pretty Much Amazing

Perhaps with Sound of Silver, LCD Soundsystem has set the bar too high for itself. But with the many standouts on the album and the bliss they provide on their own, it’s not too hard to think that Murphy could have topped himself once again with a little less jamming and ranting.

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
The Telegraph
This is an album that manages to maintain the essential simplicity demanded by the dance floor while packing itself to bursting with complex ideas. And if that sounds like a contradiction, well, take it up with Professor Murphy after class.
80
SPIN

What keeps Murphy from being an insufferable know-it-all is how he folds deeper emotions into his references.

80
NME
He’s set the bar high, but if this is to be James Murphy’s swansong, it’s a brave and powerful way to bow out.
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.

80
Alternative Press

With This Is Happening, Murphy remains far ahead of pretenders trying to steal his thunder.

80
Billboard

Backed by colorful electronic textures, infectious basslines and futuristic rock melodies, the singer/ producer conveys the hard truths of life over nine tracks.

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
The Guardian

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.

80
The Irish Times

Such familiarity doesn’t breed contempt when the results are as punchy, punky, sardonic and smart as this.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

These fine-detail improvements are what make This Is Happening LCD’s best work to date, though mumblings about how Murphy might be repeating himself a bit remain valid.

80
Q Magazine
This is a fantastic record, one of the year's best, but perhaps one that suggests that Murphy has said what he needed to say.
80
Spectrum Culture

This Is Happening is a great record and one of the best of the year so far. Only by the heights which Murphy can reach could it possibly be found wanting. If this is LCD’s final album, he’ll have a lot to be proud of.

75
XLR8R
The new record doesn't quite live up to its predecessor, but its middle third is especially strong.
70
Sputnikmusic
Overwrought at times, LCD Soundsystem still provide an abstract view of an often muddied genre.
70
Slant Magazine
As good as this record is (and it is often very good), LCD Soundsystem can do, and has done, much better.
70
FACT Magazine

Partly because it doesn’t break new ground for the band, This is Happening initially sounds a little drab. As with their previous records, there is a sternness and detachment in how it approaches dance rhythms.

70
Coke Machine Glow
In a technical sense it sounds, like everything Murphy produces, pristine.
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.

60
Evening Standard

Murphy has already hinted that this might be LCD Soundsystem's final bulletin. On this evidence he wasn't teasing and the glum reality is that This Is Happening isn't happening enough.

60
Mojo
Familiar elements (Nancy Wang's cheerleading vocals, sparse instrumentation colliding, lyrical misanthropy) are present and correct, but everything is bolder and deeper.
60
Uncut
If this is indeed, as rumoured, LCD's final bout, it finds them a little heavy and tired, but occasionally deceptively light on their feet.
60
The Skinny

This Is Happening is still a fine – if marginally flawed – end to a largely magnificent trilogy.

BradTasteMusic
98

Ambitious to the moon and back. Upfront and personal. All killer, no filler.

fakeplasticrose
95

Ok yeah the whole album is great but Dance Yrself Clean is another level man

MiaWatterson
90

Lcd Soundsystem more like Lsd Soundsystem

iBickers7
90

Drunk Girls keeps this from being a ten and i'll never get over that

90

prob the best LCD record... I have literally nothing new to say about this. it's great. Home is one of my favorite songs ever. good time go listen

peacefulboy1994
75

liked this aswell especially that very pretty final song

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Track List

1Dance Yrself Clean
8:56
97
2Drunk Girls
3:42
89
3One Touch
7:45
91
4All I Want
6:41
93
5I Can Change
5:55
95
6You Wanted a Hit
9:06
92
7Pow Pow
8:23
89
8Somebody's Calling Me
6:53
78
9Home
7:51
96
Total Length: 1 hour, 5 minutes
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