LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
Critic Score
Based on 33 reviews
2010 Ratings: #14 / 910
Year End Rank: #3
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2010 Ratings: #3
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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
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
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.

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

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

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.

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
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
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
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
Spin

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

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.

BradTasteMusic
98

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

MiaWatterson
90

Lcd Soundsystem more like Lsd Soundsystem

fakeplasticrose
95

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

Ideekay
94

A catchy, dancey, and simply fantastic dance-punk record. I prefer this one over "Sound of Silver" though I enjoy both greatly.

EDDDDD
99

the bands magnum opus. not one moment where it isnt fun, insane, and killer

Lumii
80

bing bong

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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
94
5I Can Change
5:55
95
6You Wanted a Hit
9:06
93
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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