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This Is Happening Import
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2010 release, the third album proper from James Murphy's LCD Soundsystem, follows 2007's warmly received 'Sounds Of Silver'. Musically inspired by late 1970's David Bowie, This Is Happening also has artwork that directly references Bowie's classic 1979 album Lodger. The record retains Murphy's idiosyncratic sense of humour and includes the single 'Drunk Girls'. EMI.
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This Is Happening follows 2007's much-name-dropped album The Sound Of Silver and further affirms the fact that this is more of a clever `project' than a band.
Main man James Murphy dominates the songs (typical sleeve credits include `James Murphy: drums, Yamaha CS60, Roland TR-606, noise, vocals, claps, glockenspiel...') and plays fast and loose with a swathe of genres.
What's surprising, though, is that all this immaculate coolness is so fantastically easy to warm to.
This Is Happening is purportedly a swansong for LCD Soundsystem.
If that does turn out to be true, then Murphy has gone out with a bang and a starburst of future possibilities opening up through the à la mode DFA record label he co-founded.
Its nine fairly lengthy numbers bristle with invention and the instinctively snappy appeal of classic pop.
Murphy has always spiked his tunes with self-effacing humour (right back to 2002 single Losing My Edge) but here it sounds sharper and brighter than ever, from the deliciously louche rock groove of Drunk Girls (`Just 'cuz I'm shallow doesn't mean that I'm heartless') to the sweet and sour romance of I Can Change and All I Want.
He's still a tricky, contrary creature - on You Wanted A Hit he protests `but maybe that's not what we do'.
Maybe not, but he is capable of turning on a lot of new listeners beyond a knowing niche crowd.
Finally, LCD Soundsystem sound like an in-joke that everyone gets - and that really is happening.
Sound Of Silver
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And LCD are certainly mining the past on their third effort, the deliberately dense "This is Happening." James Murphy, the frontman and only solid emelent of an otherwise revolving lineup, has never been shy about proclaiming his influences and touting his musical heroes, but previous lp's always seemed more a mis-mash of otherwise incoherent styles, rather than the clear homages that mark this, the newest LCD album.
Not that I'm complaining; far from it. But let there be a warning to those who don't find late 70's Bowie or Iggy to their taste: a full three songs on the sprawling nine track lp are, beyond a reasonable doubt, directly inspired by Bowie & Co.
Drunk Girls, for example, copies "Lodger's" Boys Keep Swinging, while Somebody's Calling Me borrows nearly note for note the backing blips and piano of "The Idiot's" Nightclubbing. All I Want, too, reaches back to Bowie's "Heroes" for its Eno-itized riffing and vocal delivery.
The video for All My Friends clued us all in that Bowie's Berlin Tryptich served as a muse for Murphy and his band, but never before has it been more clear that the Bowie/Iggy partnership circa '76-'79 really ground LCD in the canon of Rock 'n' Roll rather than more modern dance music.
Which isn't to say the dance/electro that marked the beginning of LCD's career isn't still there. It's just much more subtle and nuanced when it is. Songs like One Hit and Dance Yrself Clean both feature the requisite kickdrums and basslines, but the melodies and lyrics are much more at the forefront. The days of Daft Punk is Playing at My House are over. If LCD's going to make a dance song now, they earn it with emotional impact and complex dynamic shifts.
So yes, LCD Soundsystem has matured. The humorous breaks don't dominate the record this time around, they just pepper delicate and honest confessional pieces. Think Someone Great and All My Friends for most of the record. Even the on-its-surface crass Drunk Girls proclaims during its bridge, "I believe in waking up together," a romantic assertion if ever I heard one.
So Murphy's grown up, in a nutshell. And if growing up lyrically means trading in the dirty indietronic rave-ups for '70s alt-rock inspired anthems, more power to him.
Just beware: most songs break the six minute mark.
Somehow they find ways to keep the music rich while appearing simple and highly accessible. This is True on all the LCD Sound System Albums, but especially on "This Is Happening". Ironically, on the track "you wanted a hit" he talks about how they don't set out to "make hits", but i truly believe LCD succeeds by staying true to its heart and making music that they as a band believe in.
This definitely an album to check out if you're looking for anything with cool grooves and a touch of rock here and there. its a nicely balanced palate of funk, dance, rock, with "indie" flavor and tongue in cheek sprinklings of humor.
My stand out tracks are (in order of appearance): DANCE YOURSELF CLEAN; DRUNK GIRLS; ONE TOUCH; I CAN CHANGE; YOU WANTED A HIT; POW POW; and HOME.
If you haven't heard the other albums, make sure to pick up Sound of Silver and the LCD Soundsystem albums.
Five stars for this one.
Rock and roll is just cleaned up blues. Everything's been done and nothing's original. Shakespeare stole, so did Dylan, so did the Stones and the Beatles, as does Scorsese, Tarantino, and even (gasp) David Bowie.
The point is to make the thing you're doing so fun and awesome that no one will have time to complain.
This album is flat out beautiful. Very different mood than the prior releases. Murphy seems to have taken off his armor for this one, trading in irony, humor and up tempo catchphrase tunes for sincerity and haunting melodies.
Oscar Wilde said thst the only reason for a work of art to exist is to be beautiful, and that beauty was useless, in the pragmatic, workaday sense.
This is a useless, beautiful album.
It feels like New York city at night, fat with promise and heartache.
Or, to put it differently: This is happening. That title. How ironic and exciting for an album whose influences seem to fly out of everywhere at once. "I Can Change," the thrilling synth keyboard at its center could have been lifted from the 80s Human League classic "Keep Feeling Fascination;" "All I Want" could be a 90s classic guitar song, even with the bleeps; "Someone's Calling Me" is like a muted, sexy take on Iggy Pop's "Nightclubbing."
But that's not what I think Murphy implies is "happening" with that title (nor are his hipster dance moves, gray hair, and skinny tie of the cover). Instead, that's what's in the lyrics - songs of facing your life and your shortcomings, buried in a great dance groove. That's undoubtedly the nature of "Dance Yrself Clean," a song that literally proposes dancing as a cure for the mentality of the "thirty car pileup" that's become an anxious mentality, and again in its last song "Home": "This is the trick/forget a terrible year," Murphy advises you. Dance Yrself Clean indeed.
The truth is the lyrics are Murphy's secret weapon underneath his already sterling beats. This is where This Is Happening distinguishes itself from the electronica trends of the 90s - though it makes you dance just as much (or more!), Murphy manages to place a revelatory statement of self inside each brilliant song. By the time the what-is-love dance-off "One Touch" segues into the beautiful love song "All I Want," you're already to give yourself over to Murphy equally for a long conversation as you would for a dance party. This Is Happening never stops giving you both.