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This is Happening

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LCD Soundsystem | YOU WANTED A HIT James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem delivers

This Is Happening

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
genre:
Rock

We gave it an A

You don’t have to look far beyond the Berlin Wall to glean the main point of LCD Soundsystem’s third full-length release, This is Happening. On their first two albums, man-behind-the-band James Murphy — also half of the DFA producing team — drew upon his professional deejaying skills to create brilliant-if-disjointed ? patchworks of dance-punk jams (”Daft Punk Is Playing at My House”) and synth-pop ? lullabies (”Someone Great”). With This Is Happening, Murphy & Co. closely align their sound and vision with Bowie’s late-’70s ”Berlin” collaborations with Brian Eno (Low, Heroes, Lodger), as well as Bowie’s work with Iggy Pop around the same time. ”All I Want,” with Murphy’s foghorn guitar lead and chattering piano, could almost be ”Heroes,” while the honking synth and spare drum clicks of ”Somebody’s Calling Me” evoke ? the same boozy wee hours of Iggy’s ”Nightclubbing.” Golden-voiced Murphy, however, doesn’t try for any cheap Bowie-baritone vocal mimicry, and his lyrics and musicianship have greater depth and polish. The best inspiration should come with improvements, and Murphy’s are vast. A

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