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on 4 April 2014
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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on 18 November 2013
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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on 22 December 2014
Murphy's music is not so much original as an excellent mix of Bowie-esque techno and Murphy's own musical ideas. The songs are powerful and never fail to make you move. One of the best albums made this century as far as I am concerned.
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on 3 May 2016
bring on the new album,james murphy n co can do no wrong in my ears!
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on 7 August 2013
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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on 12 December 2014
Good quality packing and prompt delivery.
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on 3 July 2010
Heard this at a friends house and bought it the next day. Very good album, totally unpredicatble, lots of different sounds and rhythms to it.
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VINE VOICEon 24 August 2010
This is going to stand out in amongst the sensational 5 star reviews thus far for this album..... I'm sorry, but this is way off their best work.

I've bought each and every LCD album before and have been totally absorbed with the superb track progression, relentless grooves, absorption of some great influences from the Fall to Neu! to Kraftwerk crossed with some disco grooves.

But This is Happening for me is bitty. It's the sound of James Murphy a little tired of the demands of the industry and whilst on You Wanted A Hit, he kicks back at the industry's insistence on a big track in amongst the grooves, it does not need spelling out that there's no hits in amongst this collection. Their isn't

It's not to say it's all bad, the album kicks off in style with Dance yrself Clean and has a number of other cracking tunes in Pow Pow, One Touch and Home. But it is not complete, it is not a 5 star album by a mile. Just listen to the previous two albums, they're very close, specifically Sound Of Silver, but this drags along...

Still a great band, but definitely not their best record.
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VINE VOICEon 15 July 2010
Full of recognisably James Murphy (the husky gentlemans' last hero) beats, to the point where you wonder if he's recycled some directly from previous tracks, or accidentally re-written exactly the same components. It's not that the songs are the same, just that elements within them are beyond familiar. He's gotten bitten by the 'epic' bug too - average track length is seven minutes twenty, I know this because I've done the maths. Loves a slow build and a laboured outro does our James. Not all the songs support that so well. I found myself longing for a change of pace - something sharp and huge that would blitz in and then breeze out forcing a rush of fresh sounds through the middle of the disc. That never comes. Maybe it needs to be listened to differently? Of this handful of albums bought recently, it's the one I've played least but was most looking forward to. Not sure what that suggests? I mean, I'm enjoying it and all but it feels hard work at times.
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on 14 November 2010
First of all, let me state that I'd unhesitatingly give 5-star reviews to the three previous LCD Soundsystem albums. 'Genius' is a word that gets banded about far too often, but the self-titled debut, '45:33' and 'Sound of Silver' are all sprinkled with moments of, yes, genius.

'This is Happening' starts well. The first few minutes of 'Dance Yrself Clean' are so quiet you think maybe something's gone wrong with your CD player, then the beat kicks in and it's great. 'Drunk Girls' is new wave-ish and, as has been noted elsewhere, owes a debt to 'Boys' by Bowie. 'One Touch' is the most dance floor-friendly track on the album and the synths get a proper work out for once. 'I Can Change' is reflective and lovely. And the rest? Ho hum, I'm afraid. It sounds as if James Murphy has, for the first time in his career, run out of ideas. The tracks are overlong and meander by without making any sort of impression. The New Order influence (the thing that first got me into LCD Soundsystem) has gone. The desire to totally wig out a la 'Yeah' has gone. The punky aggression has gone. The desire to make the listener get up and dance has gone. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad album, but when you set your standards incredibly high, sometimes it's difficult to live up to them.
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