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February 4, 1970 – James Murphy is born in Princeton Junction, NJ. He
will spend his formative years commuting to the Princeton Record
Exchange, making strategic import and underground vinyl discoveries
based more on cover art than anything and building a musical acumen
free of any kind of peer pressure or scene politics. He heads to New
York City with the intent of ... Read more in Amazon's LCD Soundsystem Store

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Product details

  • Vinyl (19 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B003UI50CW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dance Yrself Clean
2. Drunk Girls
3. One Touch
4. All I Want
5. I Can Change
6. You Wanted a Hit
7. Pow Pow
8. Somebody’s Calling Me
9. Home

Product Description

Double vinyl LP pressing. 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'.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D.Joyce on 16 Jun 2010
Format: Audio CD
I used to think LCD Soundsystem were just a singles act that didn't want to admit to being one, and that James Murphy wrote great pop songs but always tried to shy away from that fact. However at some point earlier this year the penny just dropped (that's another story for another time), and I'd found that Murphy's pop sensibilities were all present and correct even in his more expansive work.

This album is perhaps a case in point: all but one of the songs here has a lot of focus on build and drawing out the sound, luring you in, then getting you to dance your rear end off. The only song under 5 minutes is lead single Drunk Girls (think White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground). Opener Dance Yrself Clean starts out very quiet with only a very basic beat and yet another refrain that seems to reference Blockbuster by The Sweet, before absolutely freaking out just after the three minute mark with a wonderfully dirty, plinky-plonky wall of electro-noise. It makes for a great opener.

Another factor not to be overlooked are Murphy's lyrics. Some find them verging on self-parody, others don't feel they hold a candle to the melodys and instrumental hooks LCD conjure up, but they can't help but raise a wry smile here: pretty much all of the fifth verse of Drunk Girls, "Complicated people never do what you tell them to" (One Touch), and "The king wears a king hat and lives in a king house" (Pow Pow) all made this listener chuckle.

Having said that, Murphy's ability to emote situations through both his music and lyrics must not be overlooked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Vance on 9 Sep 2011
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Most critics argue that this is happening is second best to sound of silver, i guess that's an issue you have with any form media; whenever you create a "classic" the follow up will generally be considered inferior. IMO it's an irrelevant argument however, as it stands on its own as a compelling album which rewards the listener each time they come back with new detail, subtlety and interest. Stand out track for me has to be "You wanted a hit", absolute must buy for anyone interested in this genre of music or LCD Soundsystem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack on 24 Feb 2011
Format: Audio CD
It is debatable whether the third album from the musical genius that is James Murphy is an improvement on the other two, but it is new and it is the same LCD Soundsystem that you (should) know and love. A trademark of this band is the repetition, they hammer these beats and synths into your brain and they reward you with the climax that these songs deserve.
This album has an extreme sense of completeness, the first track (Dance Yrself Clean) is one of the best introductory songs I have heard on an album. It meanders for a few minutes, captivating in it's repetition before the drop at which point it's pent up energy is let loose on the listener and the album flows seamlessly from this point. The album finishes with the track Home, which is the highlight of the record, Murphy weaves a multitude of instruments that blend and fragment perfectly, and his voice bursts forth in the peak of the album before he sighs 'So Goodnight' - which in retrospect since Murphy has said he is going to stop making music and concentrate on producing with his label DFA, is a farewell to the listeners, and a beautiful one at that. I saw LCD in Cardiff in November, in what I suppose is their last tour, and they ended with this song. Immediately after he wished the crowd goodnight and thanked us all before leaving. It was magnificent.
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This is a truly wonderful work of electronic art - James Murphy as a lyricist has few peers but the manner in which each track builds displays an original vision second to none. This album could be described as a concept album it has common themes of "everyone getting younger, and you go stop" as described in Dance Yrself Clean, the wonderful opener that is an equal to Losing My Edge or All My Friends coupled with a joyous release from accepting the LCD journey is coming to an end. A very consistent work that demands to be listened to in one sitting, and doesn't compromise for sales (as outlined in the wondrous You Wanted a Hit).

With the deluxe edition you also get a bonus of the London Sessions, reworking of some of their earlier tracks. This is an excellent companion piece and climaxes in Yr Cities A Sucker, a fantastically scabrous track that shows Murphy's ability to craft a great tune with clever lyrics and a mean chorus that sticks in your mind.

Overall, a great album, one of the best of the last 10 years.
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Hard to describe, but perhaps a mix of Erasure, Hot Chip and White Stripes. I wouldn't say every track is a winner, but mostly this is an absolute gem. Proper grown up music that twists and turns - not your normal chart drivel. Listen to the samples... very nicely crafted tunes! Only given 4 stars as a couple of the tracks are not as good as the rest...
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By CherryPie64 on 7 Aug 2013
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A great addition to my collection of music. A bit out of the ordinary & very danceable to. Only knew a few of the tracks but happy with the ones I didn't know too.
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