40 Favorite Albums of the Decade Thus Far
38. This Is Happening by LCD Soundsystem
James Murphy is a weird guy. If you put him in a room full of other weird white guys, he would slowly prevail as the weird savant. This Is Happening is an unsettling experience. It’s like being on the receiving end of a surprise party you’ve planned for someone else. The album opens with ”Dance Yrself Clean”, a nine-minute coops-de-grace. Then it jump-cuts to “Drunk Girls” the annoyingly catchy single. And then it takes a step back.
And it starts for real. It’s almost as if This Is Happening starts at track three, after you’ve heard a single and a b-side. It’s confusing. Unnerving. Yet - catchy as all get out. Each song is a success in its own right, from the jarringly infectious “Pow Pow” to the poignant “You Wanted a Hit”, Murphy really went out on top with this, LCD Soundsystem’s strongest effort. [listen]
"I miss the way the night comes
with friends who always make you feel good
this basement has a cold glow
but it’s better than a bunch of others.”