LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

‘ Tim Sendra ‘ Following up Sound of Silver was never going to be easy for LCD Soundsystem. There was so much positive reaction from music fans, the press, from everywhere, really, that almost any move James Murphy made was bound to be seen as inferior, or at the very least, flawed in some way. To his credit, he doesn’t try to do anything dramatically different on This Is Happening. There are no attempts to hit the top of the charts (a point made crystal clear in the song “You Wanted a Hit”); conversely, there are no attempts to dirty up the sound or make it more challenging. There are no radically new elements added to the LCD sound, nothing subtracted either. Murphy is definitely a savvy enough musician to know when things have gotten stale and need to be changed up; he at some point must have decided (correctly) that the time for a reboot hadn’t arrived yet for LCD. Another record of long, dancefloor friendly disco-fied jams mixed with punchy rockers and paced with a couple introspective midtempo ballads is still perfectly acceptable, especially when it’s as tightly arranged, energetically played, and thoughtfully constructed as Happening is. … Murphy remains a dance music producer and these tracks reveal him at the top of his game. 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.

 

LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening Tracklist

1. “Dance Yrself Clean” 0:00
2. “Drunk Girls” 8:57
3. “One Touch” 12:40
4. “All I Want” 20:29
5. “I Can Change” 27:12
6. “You Wanted a Hit” 33:11
7. “Pow Pow” 42:18
8. “Somebody’s Calling Me” 50:44
9. “Home” 57:39

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

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