LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

January 01, 1970

(DFA)

 

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LCD Soundsystem
can do no wrong sonically. James Murphy, the mastermind behind LCD and DFA
Records, has the knack and talent for creating bodaciously catchy tracks that
will incite the most uncoordinated soul to dance. This Is Happening, only LCD’s third LP, continues in this
impressive pattern and includes tracks that dip into Murphy’s customary genre
pallet.

 

The hour long
album includes nine tracks that range from ‘80s new wave to dance-punk to
hypnotic trance. And again Murphy contemplates sizeable subjects as love, life,
and hypocrisy all behind the upbeat veil of electronics. Opener “Dance Yrself
Clean” slowly pulls you into Murphy’s world as it quietly pulsates before
exploding with drums, synths and beats. “You Wanted A Hit” touches on the
exasperating demands of the music biz; with the chorus “We won’t be your babies
anymore,” Murphy begins “You wanted a hit/But maybe we don’t do hits/I try and
try /It ends up feeling kind of wrong.”

 

Perhaps this
track is an insight to Murphy’s profession that This Is Happening may be his
last LCD Soundsystem album. Hopefully those words were that of an overwrought
artist in need of a siesta because This
Is Happening
is a work of art.

 

Standout Tracks: “Dance Yrself Clean,” “You Wanted A Hit”
APRIL S. ENGRAM

 

 

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