Right from the start LCD Soundsystem’s latest album, This Is Happening already has your heart pounding and yearning for more. The first song on the album “Dance Yrself Clean“, starts off minimal and then it burst into fireworks of deep synth sounds, light poppy drums topped off with James Murphy’s voice. Honestly it’s almost too good, you may even want to slap his voice to your bones until its absorbed so much that you’re left there with nothing but skeleton and Murphy conducting movements of song.
There are moments throughout this album that can be compared to greatness of the Talking Heads and I usually don’t like to compare or put any musician beside anyone. But I do think that LCD Soundsystem did something bold with each song.
You can tell how much went into this diverse tropical moving backward and forward album.
Another thing that strikes you to the core is “Somebody’s Calling Me”. It’s drawn out into a thought out play on stage somewhere in a bizarre ironic planet such as earth. You can just imagine these characters on stage with these over size instruments, dancers mysterious dancing almost tip toeing to every beat. Murphy’s haunting gentle voice, a dancer in itself singing loudly in unison during the chorus with a distorted synth and a sweet piano.
This Is Happening, should be listened to in its entirety in one sitting. Murphy has stated that this will be LCD Soundsystem’s last album but who knows!
Favorite Tracks: Dance Yrself Clean, Somebody’s Calling Me, Home
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