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This Is Happening
Lcd Soundsystem
This Is Happening
Genres: Pop, Rock
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The new album is LCD Soundsystem's first full offering of new studio material since 2007's Sound Of Silver, which was named best album of 2007 by The Guardian, Uncut and the Independent among others, and like its predecess...  more »


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All Artists: Lcd Soundsystem
Title: This Is Happening
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: DFA/Virgin
Original Release Date: 1/1/2010
Re-Release Date: 5/18/2010
Genres: Pop, Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 5099930990326


Album Description
The new album is LCD Soundsystem's first full offering of new studio material since 2007's Sound Of Silver, which was named best album of 2007 by The Guardian, Uncut and the Independent among others, and like its predecessor 2005's LCD Soundsystem received a Grammy nomination for Best Electronic/Dance Album. Sound Of Silver also featured Uncut song of the year "North American Scum," and "All My Friends," ranked #4 by Time in its Best Songs of 2007 and named track of the year by Mojo. In 2008, LCD Soundsystem contributed the track "Big Ideas" to the soundtrack of the movie 21. The band has since released the 45:33: The Remixes EP and a cover of Alan Vega's "Bye Bye Bayou," issued to commemorate Record Store Day 2009 and earning LCD its fifth NME single of the week. The album will be preceded by the March 22nd release of the soundtrack to Noah Baumbach's Greenberg, which features both composition's from James Murphy's original score for the film and the new LCD Soundsystem song "Oh You (Christmas Blues)."

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CD Reviews

Good artists emulate...
Nails in My Head | 05/19/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

".. but great artists steal, or so they say.

And LCD are certainly mining the past on their third effort, the deliberately dense "This is Happening." James Murphy, the frontman and only solid emelent of an otherwise revolving lineup, has never been shy about proclaiming his influences and touting his musical heroes, but previous lp's always seemed more a mis-mash of otherwise incoherent styles, rather than the clear homages that mark this, the newest LCD album.

Not that I'm complaining; far from it. But let there be a warning to those who don't find late 70's Bowie or Iggy to their taste: a full three songs on the sprawling nine track lp are, beyond a reasonable doubt, directly inspired by Bowie & Co.

Drunk Girls, for example, copies "Lodger's" Boys Keep Swinging, while Somebody's Calling Me borrows nearly note for note the backing blips and piano of "The Idiot's" Nightclubbing. All I Want, too, reaches back to Bowie's "Heroes" for its Eno-itized riffing and vocal delivery.

The video for All My Friends clued us all in that Bowie's Berlin Tryptich served as a muse for Murphy and his band, but never before has it been more clear that the Bowie/Iggy partnership circa '76-'79 really ground LCD in the canon of Rock 'n' Roll rather than more modern dance music.

Which isn't to say the dance/electro that marked the beginning of LCD's career isn't still there. It's just much more subtle and nuanced when it is. Songs like One Hit and Dance Yrself Clean both feature the requisite kickdrums and basslines, but the melodies and lyrics are much more at the forefront. The days of Daft Punk is Playing at My House are over. If LCD's going to make a dance song now, they earn it with emotional impact and complex dynamic shifts.

So yes, LCD Soundsystem has matured. The humorous breaks don't dominate the record this time around, they just pepper delicate and honest confessional pieces. Think Someone Great and All My Friends for most of the record. Even the on-its-surface crass Drunk Girls proclaims during its bridge, "I believe in waking up together," a romantic assertion if ever I heard one.

So Murphy's grown up, in a nutshell. And if growing up lyrically means trading in the dirty indietronic rave-ups for '70s alt-rock inspired anthems, more power to him.

Just beware: most songs break the six minute mark."
Techno-nerds bebop
Erica Bell | Washington State | 06/12/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Sandwiched between Pavement, Massive Attack and (ugh!) Tegan and Sara (and before that, the latest phenom Kid Cudi) at Sasquatch this year, LCD Soundsystem acted like they were just lucky to be inhaling the same oxygen as the rest. James Murphy came on stage, tugged at his tie and uttered a plaintive, "We're so honored to be here..." A lot of the kids around me got up to go get something to eat.

But damned if they didn't come back, and fast. LCD Soundsystem plays like they mean it, and later, everyone from the hippie clones to the old folks were shaking their heads with, "Who ARE those guys?!" One man complained that his feet hurt from dancing.

A lot of what they played is on this CD. From my perch as official Old Codger, I can only say that if Hall and Oates knocked up Bowie in his Berlin phase, their kid would be this band. Lots of synths, lots of beats. Heck, I'm just happy that dancing is back. I've heard they've shaved personnel recently--you'd never know it. Live, they're rich and huge-sounding. They're less so here. Standouts for me are "Dance Yourself Clean" and "I Can Change".

What Is Happening Exactly?
Flap Jackson | State Road, NC | 05/22/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Wacky in style and indie darlings for the latter half of the 00s, LCD Soundsystem perfected the genre of dance-punk. Mixing long-form jams and riffs with incredible production values & surprisingly meaningful lyrics, LCD Soundsystem knows what they do, what they do best, and they certainly don't do anything drastic to change it up with this record. If you heart LCD, then you should also heart this album as it provides you everything you like about the band. If you don't like LCD, your mind certainly won't be changed. And if you don't know LCD, well, you might be in for a suprise.

I'll let the music really speak for itself, since it really does require listening to it for yourself, instead of words, but I will say that "All I Want" is the track that stood out to me most, and what LCD crafts is often astounding. It's easy to make these songs 3-4 minutes, but LCD riffs them into 8-9 minute tracks without losing anything, and really building into the atmosphere of each piece.

Overall, no minds will be changed about the band in their supposedly last album, but your love will only be affirmed for them. Is it brilliant? No, but it is a solid effort, and if they truly are leaving, LCD is leaving on a high note, which is all you can ever ask for."