This Is Happening

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This article is about the LCD Soundsystem album. For the 2015 indie film, see This Is Happening (film).
This Is Happening
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Studio album by LCD Soundsystem
Released May 17, 2010 (2010-05-17)
Recorded June 2009 – February 2010
Studio
Genre
Length 65:17
Label
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
  4. "Throw"
    Released: 2010[1]

This Is Happening is the third studio album by American rock band LCD Soundsystem. It was released in the United Kingdom on May 17, 2010 and in the US on May 18, 2010 on DFA Records. 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.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 84/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club A[4]
Entertainment Weekly A[5]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[7]
MSN Music A−[8]
NME 8/10[9]
Pitchfork Media 9.2/10[10]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[11]
Spin 8/10[12]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, This Is Happening received an average score of 84, based on 38 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[2] It also achieved an ADM Rating of 7.7/10 on another review aggregator, AnyDecentMusic?.[13]

Guardian reviewer Alexis Petridis observed that the album did not contain Sound of Silver's "startling sense of mapping out new territories", instead sticking to a template that worked "incredibly well."[6] In his review for AllMusic, Tim Sendra had a similar opinion, stating that while This Is Happening "doesn't quite reach the monumental heights" of the band's previous album, it still provided proof that LCD Soundsystem was "one of the most exciting and interesting bands around in the 2000s." Sendra also commended Murphy's expansion as a lyricist and songwriter, and said that his production on the album "reveal[s] him at the top of his game",[3] while Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone said that it contained some of Murphy's "most earnest, lovelorn songs."[11] Pitchfork Media's Ryan Dombal awarded the album a Best New Music accolade, describing it as "pretty perfect".[10]

Accolades[edit]

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! wrote "If it's the 'end of an era,' at least he left us with his best."[14] This Is Happening was named the second best album of 2010 by Pitchfork Media.[15] This album was number 10 on Rolling Stone's list of the 30 Best Albums of 2010.[16]

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]

Charts[edit]

The album debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200 in its first week on sale, selling approximately 31,000 copies.[17] 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.[18]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[19] 11
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[20] 67
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[21] 37
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[22] 51
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[23] 21
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[24] 47
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[25] 41
French Albums (SNEP)[26] 37
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[27] 53
Greek Albums (IFPI)[28] 6
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[29] 14
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[30] 28
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[31] 17
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[32] 49
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[33] 32
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[34] 37
UK Albums (OCC)[35] 7
US Billboard 200[36] 10
US Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[37] 1

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b Sendra, Tim. "This Is Happening – LCD Soundsystem". AllMusic. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ O'Neal, Sean (May 18, 2010). "LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  5. ^ Adams, Jason (May 12, 2010). "This is Happening". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 17, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Petridis, Alexis (May 13, 2010). "LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening". The Guardian. London. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ Brown, August (May 17, 2010). "Album review: LCD Soundsystem's 'This Is Happening'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 2010). "Consumer Guide". MSN Music. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  9. ^ Doran, John (May 13, 2010). "Album Review: LCD Soundsystem – 'This Is Happening'". NME. Archived from the original on August 30, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Dombal, Ryan (May 17, 2010). "LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on June 23, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Rosen, Jody (May 17, 2010). "This Is Happening". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  12. ^ Beta, Andy (May 4, 2010). "LCD Soundsystem, 'This Is Happening' (DFA/Virgin)". Spin. Archived from the original on May 16, 2010. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
  13. ^ "LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening". anydecentmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  14. ^ Lindsay, Cam. "LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening (Electronic: Year in Review 2010)". Exclaim!. p. 3. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  15. ^ Sherburne, Philip (2010-12-16). "02. LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening". The Top 50 Albums of 2010. Pitchforkmedia. p. 5. 
  16. ^ ""10 | LCD Soundsystem, 'This Is Happening'". The 30 Best Albums of 2010. Rolling Stone. 2010-12-25. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  17. ^ Wete, Brad (2010-05-26). "Glee dances past the Rolling Stones to No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart". EW.com. 
  18. ^ "Dance/Electronic Albums: Week of June 05, 2010". Billboard. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
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