This Is Happening

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This Is Happening
Studio album by LCD Soundsystem
Released May 17, 2010 (2010-05-17)
Recorded June 2009 - February 2010
The Mansion
(Los Angeles, California)
DFA Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre Dance-punk
Length 65:31
Label DFA
Virgin
Producer The DFA
LCD Soundsystem chronology
45:33 Remixes
(2009)
This Is Happening
(2010)
London Sessions
(2010)
Singles from This Is Happening
  1. "Pow Pow"
    Released: April 17, 2010
  2. "Drunk Girls"
    Released: May 3, 2010
  3. "I Can Change"
    Released: July 26, 2010

This Is Happening is the third and final[1] album by American dance-punk act LCD Soundsystem. It was released in the United Kingdom on May 17, 2010 and in the US on May 18, 2010 on Virgin Records America. It was recorded over the course of 2009 and early 2010 in the Mansion recording studio in Los Angeles. The first single, "Drunk Girls", was released in April 2010, with a music video directed by Spike Jonze.

The album is dedicated to Jerry Fuchs (1974–2009), who performed drums live with the band on occasion, as well as having a big part in associated DFA acts.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by James Murphy, all music composed by James Murphy, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Dance Yrself Clean"   8:56
2. "Drunk Girls" (Murphy, Gavin Russom, Pat Mahoney) 3:42
3. "One Touch" (Murphy, Russom, Nancy Whang) 7:45
4. "All I Want"   6:41
5. "I Can Change" (Murphy, Mahoney) 5:55
6. "You Wanted a Hit" (Murphy, Al Doyle) 9:06
7. "Pow Pow" (Murphy, Mahoney, Tyler Pope, Whang) 8:23
8. "Somebody's Calling Me"   6:53
9. "Home"   7:53
iTunes bonus tracks
No. Title Length
10. "Throw" (Carl Craig) 10:01
11. "Oh You (Christmas Blues)"   3:51

Personnel[edit]

  • James Murphy - Vocals, Synthesizers, Drum Machines, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Clapping, Snapping, Piano, Wurlitzer Piano, Omnichord, Glockenspiel
  • Gavin Russom - Synthesizers (2), Vocals (2, 3)
  • Pat Mahoney - Drums (7), Vocals (2)
  • Nancy Whang - Vocals (3, 7)
  • Morgan Wiley - Piano (2)
  • Al Doyle - Guitar (6), Synthesizer (6)
  • Tyler Pope - Bass Guitar (7)
  • Jayson Green - Vocals (7)
  • Matt Thornley - Snapping (8)
  • Jason Disu - Trombone (8)
  • Matthew Cash - Synthesizer (9)

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 84/100 [2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Consequence of Sound 4/5 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound (7/10)[5]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[6]
NME (8/10)[7]
MusicOMH 4.5/5 stars[8]
One Thirty BPM (86%) [9]
Paste (93/100)[10]
Pitchfork Media (9.2/10)[11]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[12]
Spin 4/5 stars[13]
TORO 3.5/5 stars[14]
More Ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Clash 9/10 stars[15]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[16]
the WILD honey pie (8.6/10)[17]
The AV Club (A)[18]

The album received "universal acclaim" according to review aggregator Metacritic, earning an 84/100 rating based on 38 professional reviews.[19] The album also achieved an ADM Rating of 7.7/10 on another review aggregator, AnyDecentMusic?.[20]

This Is Happening placed third in Exclaim! Magazine's annual Electronic rankings. In writing about the rumour that this may be the last LCD Soundsystem album Cam Lindsay of Exclaim! writes, "If it's the 'end of an era,' at least he left us with his best."[21] The album was named 2nd best of 2010 by Pitchfork Media.[22] This album was number 10 on Rolling Stone's list of the 30 Best Albums of 2010.[23]

Chart history[edit]

The album debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200 in its first week on sale, selling approximately 31,000 copies.[24] It also topped Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart the same week of its debut, which dethroned Lady Gaga's The Fame from its five-month reign on the chart for one week.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Plagenhoef, Scott; Schreiber, Ryan (2011-01-05). "LCD Soundsystem Announce Farewell NYC Show". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 2011-08-30. 
  2. ^ "Metacritic". 
  3. ^ Sendra, Tim. "LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-08-30.
  4. ^ Cosores, Philip (2010-04-22). "Album Review: LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening". Consequence of Sound. 
  5. ^ Wheeler, Michael (2010-05-11). "LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening". Drowned in Sound. 
  6. ^ Petridis, Alexis (2010-05-13). "LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening". The Guardian (London). 
  7. ^ Doran, John (2010-05-13). "Album Review: LCD Soundsystem – 'This Is Happening'". NME. Archived from the original on 2011-08-30. 
  8. ^ Burgess, Andrew (2010-05-17). "LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening". MusicOMH. 
  9. ^ Highkin, Sean (2010-05-17). "LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening". One Thirty BPM. 
  10. ^ Maddux, Rachael (2010-04-22). "LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening". Paste. 
  11. ^ Dombal, Ryan (2010-05-17). "LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 2011-08-30. 
  12. ^ Hughes, Dave (2010-05-15). "LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening". Slant Magazine. 
  13. ^ Beta, Andy. "LCD Soundsystem: 'This Is Happening'". Spin. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  14. ^ Skinner, Jesse (2010-04-27). "LCD Soundsystem". TORO. 
  15. ^ Park, Adam (August 27). "LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening". Clash. 
  16. ^ "Rolling Stone review". [dead link]
  17. ^ Smith, Steven (2010-05-28). "LCD Soundsystem's This Is Happening". thewildhoneypie.com. 
  18. ^ O'Neal, Sean (2010-05-18). "LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening". The AV Club. 
  19. ^ "This Is Happening - LCD Soundsystem". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  20. ^ "LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening". anydecentmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  21. ^ Lindsay, Cam. "LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening". Electronic: Year in Review 2010. Exclaim!. p. 3. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  22. ^ Sherburne, Philip (2010-12-16). "02. LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening". The Top 50 Albums of 2010. Pitchforkmedia. p. 5. 
  23. ^ ""10 | LCD Soundsystem, 'This Is Happening'". The 30 Best Albums of 2010. Rolling Stone. 2010-12-25. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  24. ^ Wete, Brad (2010-05-26). "Glee dances past the Rolling Stones to No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart". EW.com. 
  25. ^ "Dance/Electronic Albums: Week of June 05, 2010". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 

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