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This Is Happening

LCD Soundsystem

This Is Happening

The much-anticipated third album from James Murphy's Brooklyn dance-punk project

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  1. 10.0 |   No Ripcord

    This Is Happening is looking back on a life well lived and well learned, the final cap on a perfect career
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  2. 10.0 |   Rave Magazine

    This Is Happening sees Murphy delving into his life-long love of David Bowie, Bryan Eno and Talking Heads
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  3. 9.2 |   Pitchfork

    It's actually pretty perfect
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  4. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Revels in its billowing expectations and thumbs its nose at them with the same tossed off, hook-laden attitude that informs his most remarkable moments
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  5. 9.0 |   The Observer

    "Just do it right/ Make it perfect and real," runs the opening lyric of LCD's closing song, as apposite an epitaph as Murphy could write for his singular band
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  6. 9.0 |   Under The Radar

    Each dip and twirl and change of pace clears the way for something even more exciting. It's roller coaster music
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  7. 9.0 |   music OMH

    As with his last two LCD Soundsystem albums, James Murphy's latest deserves to be played loud, debated, danced to uncontrollably, and committed to muscle memory
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  8. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    For now James Murphy knows what he's doing. There's still life in the dance-punk cartoon beast he's created, and though it may tire eventually, at the end of the day he knows far too much to be a know-it-all
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  9. 9.0 |   Clash

    Sound of gold!
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  10. 8.6 |   Beats Per Minute

    It’s too bad that we won’t have a new LCD record to look forward to every three years, but it’s pretty hard to fault Murphy for quitting while he’s unquestionably ahead
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  11. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It captures the insistent bass lines and undeniable attitude, the eclecticism, the funk, and even the sentimental melancholy that took us all by surprise halfway through Sound of Silver
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  12. 8.5 |   FasterLouder

    Contains all of the elements that made Murphy’s name; the acerbic wit and melodic minimalism, the flawless production and propulsive rhythm
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  13. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Throughout, Murphy keeps his eye on the distant horizon, the majestic, uncompromising depth on show an indication that he’s already thinking about what comes next
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  14. 8.0 |   Eye Weekly

    With the blissful, tropical funk of “Home” — a sublime sequel to LCD’s 2007 mid-life-crisis anthem “All My Friends” — he’s at least gracious enough to save us one hell of a last dance
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  15. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    Manages to maintain the essential simplicity demanded by the dance floor while packing itself to bursting with complex ideas
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  16. 8.0 |   Q

    This is a fantastic record, one of the year's best, but perhaps one that suggestst that Murphy has said what he needed to say. Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   Spin

    Recording at Rick Rubin's Los Angeles mansion rather than in hometown New York makes for slightly more languid and spacious grooves than on 2007's Sound of Silver
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  18. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    This might be a slow burner but by the end of the year could be topping many of the favourite album lists
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  19. 8.0 |   Scotland on Sunday

    Repetition of the techniques on 2007's Sound Of Silver produce a sound disquietingly familiar yet strangely alien
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  20. 8.0 |   NME

    By any other current band's measure this is an all-out classic. Print edition only

  21. 8.0 |   The Times

    You can’t always dance your cares away, but that doesn’t make the act of trying any less pleasurable
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  22. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    He's still a dance guy at heart, and he knows it's his job to ignite parties and clubs
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  23. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Murphy gets by once again with a wink and a nod — and this time, a whole lotta heart
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  24. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Who better to sing for the children but the ones who at least still remember, who don’t ask to do as they say, but rather ask to just do something, think, and know that life is happening now
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  25. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    As good as this record is (and it is often very good), LCD Soundsystem can do, and has done, much better
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  26. 7.0 |   Bowlegs

    Overall it’s a record which feels slightly rushed and a little rough around the edges when compared to SOS, yet this is still a good enough epitaph for Murphy and his LCD comrades
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  27. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    The sound of a man with great taste who really understands music, making dumb body music with hidden depths if anyone cares to investigate
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  28. 7.0 |   Blurt

    The hour long album includes nine tracks that range from ‘80s new wave to dance-punk to hypnotic trance
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  29. 6.0 |   State

    Never shakes the feeling that it’s going through the motions – flogging the well-worn disco-motorik grooves of yore
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  30. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    The glum reality is that This Is Happening isn't happening enough
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  31. 6.0 |   The Independent

    He's still clearly in thrall to his glam/punk/Krautrock/minimalist influences
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  32. 6.0 |   The List

    On balance, perhaps Murphy is wise to move on
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  33. 6.0 |   Mojo

    An eloquent way to end their trilogy. Familiar elements ... are present and correct but everything is bolder and deeper. Print edition only

  34. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    This Is Happening's reliance on familiar sources of inspiration is not what you expect from an established artist. But, though Murphy crossed that bridge long ago, he remains a talented man with great taste, and that results in a clutch of thrilling tracks
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  35. 6.0 |   Uncut

    If this is indeed, as rumoured, LCD's final bout, it finds them a little heavy and tired, but occasionally deceptively light on their feet. Print edition only

  36. 6.0 |   BBC

    Despite occasional flashes of brilliance it’s a patchy, derivative work
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  37. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    Bubblegum rabblerouser Drunk Girls is the immediate hit, but the 80s bleepology of Change and the Talking Heads-influenced jitter of Pow Pow are equally appealing
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  38. 4.0 |   The Sunday Times

    A good moment, clearly, to call time
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