Increasingly apropos with each listen, LCD Soundsystem’s third and final album, This is Happening, enshrines James Murphy’s reputation as a step ahead of cool. Lyrically, the album upholds the intrepid passive-aggressive teasing that ironically caught the ears of the hipsters and non-conforming-conformists that he mocked on LCD’s first single, ‘Losing My Edge.’ Musically, This is Happening is as hit-and-miss (granted the hits are haymakers) as LCD’s first two EPs. Three minutes into the first track, ‘Dance Yourself Clean,’ impatient fans might find themselves anxious to label it a miss and hastily move on. Don’t be fooled. The circular monotony breaks into a synth-heavy club-thumper that forces any LCD Soundsystem fan to obey the song title. This pattern rings true for the rest of the album: just when you think a piece has gone stale, Murphy hits you with the eargasm you were waiting for.
Rating: 7.0 of 10