LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
Critic Score
Based on 31 reviews
2010 Ratings: #13 / 860
Year End Rank: #3
User Score
Based on 780 ratings
2010 Ratings: #5
May 18, 2010 / Release Date
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DFA / Virgin / Label
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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
Spin

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

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.

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.

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.

MiaWatterson
90
Lcd Soundsystem more like Lsd Soundsystem
KIDWITHGUNs
95
This is so off the wall, it's not even funny.

The length is perfect, it takes it's time to blow the listener's mind and give it everything they've got, blending rock and dance music is such an ambitious mission. I find this album even more urgent than Swans of all artists.

Now if you'll excuse me... I have a David Bowie review to write.
fakeplasticrose
95
Ok yeah the whole album is great but Dance Yrself Clean is another level man
IvoBraga
65
I'm sorry but I didn't find this album that good
MasterCrackfox
88
This album is all parts essential for those who have a patient listening ear. LCD Soundsystem have an uncanny ability to build up a long track to the perfect close, taking their sweet time in doing so. Although this music is clearly for the pretentious at heart (myself included), the songs here by no means fail to live up to a dance-heavy hype and incorporate a ton of fun into the music on display. Murphy and Company honestly, for me, build their strongest statement on this record with not a ... read more
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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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