3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
yeah it's good. but...,
This review is from: This Is Happening [Digipak] (Audio CD)
Ok ok, this might be against the flow of reviews here, and I certainly don't think this is in anyway a bad album. In fact it's one of the best of the year so far. The problem is you have to judge it in relation to the rest of the LCD soundsystem output. And in my humble opinion it's their least interesting record. Their debut, yeah it's uneven and messy, but it's a stroke of genius and far more creative and important than anything they've done since, the second disc of that album is still their finest hour. By miles. Sound of Silver is certainly a grower, I wasn't blown away at first, but it does get under your skin, and is I think the most successful 'album' in terms of listening to it beginning to end without skipping tracks.
This is Happening certainly has it's moments, the opening track is probably the best here, with its off kilter electro melody. Drunk Girls is LCD Soundsystem single by numbers, and is perfectly fine, but not quite as good as North American Scum, which in turn was not quite as good as Daft Punk is Playing at my House. The main body of the rest of the album is full of clever electronic pop, and it's hard really to take issue with any tracks. But I think that might be my problem with it, it all sounds a bit safe. With tracks like I can Change, You wanted a hit, and One Touch, there's nothing there that I don't like. But, there's nothing there that I haven't heard before. Tracks either sound like Too Much Love from the first album or All my Friends from the second album. With the first few listens tracks did seem to blur into each other and not really stand out in the way perhaps Get Innocuous! or Tribulations do. And Somebody's Calling Me is... a little bit rubbish... I suspect it will grow on me, and I may in time see it as an equal to sound of silver (as it is really sound of silver part II). But give me disc 2 of their debut any day.