LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
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Based on 32 reviews
2010 Ratings: #12 / 899
Year End Rank: #3
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2010 Ratings: #3
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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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

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.


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

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


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.


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

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.

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.


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

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.

Lcd Soundsystem more like Lsd Soundsystem
Ok yeah the whole album is great but Dance Yrself Clean is another level man
☆☆☆☆ 1/2

Eh. I don't care anymore. LCD Soundsystem is my favourite band, right next to Gorillaz.

This shit goes hard.
pride month day 13

for this series, wanted to only do bands if the front person and/or main songwriter is lgbtq+ but goddammit i wanted an excuse to finally listen to this and the keyboardist is trans so yeah. i was insanely excited to hear this since i’d already heard and loved dance yrself clean, all i want, and i can change. and yeah this did not disappoint at ALL. this is just back to back dance punk BANGERS. this shit is just such a good damn time. every minute of this made me want ... read more

Huh. So this is really it. LCD Soundsystem decided to call it quits three albums in (+ one elongated EP that I won’t be reviewing in this dive but still you should check it out, its pretty good). The band announced its breakup in early 2011, saying their final show, the band’s ... read more
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