London: On LCD Soundsystem`s third album, James Murphy delivers another visceral set of guitar-inflected, post-disco anthems that resonate as much in headphones as on the dance floor.
Murphy always has had his finger on the pulse of what moves the indie community, and that has not changed. ‘This Is Happening’ continues the winning streak that peaked with the brilliant ‘All My Friends’ from 2007`s ‘Sound of Silver.’
Lead track ‘Dance Yrself Clean’ follows this thread with Murphy slinging lines like "I miss the way the night goes/ With friends that always make it feel good" alongside gyrating synths.
His lyrics this time lean heavily on realizing the comforts of home and spending time with the ones who know you best: "Break me into bigger pieces/ So some of me is home with you." "All I Want" runs on a languid guitar line that could channel a Steven Malkmus song, as Murphy sings the praises of attachment: "You`ve never needed anyone for so long."
He still enjoys the occasional night out. An anthem for a spring break spent in Brooklyn, ‘Drunk Girls’ will have partiers chuckling through the morning after and will stay in their heads long past the hangover.
On ‘You Wanted A Hit,’ Murphy sneers that he`s incapable of writing one, articulating directives like observations and vice versa, though the inverse is probably true. Either way, fans of his brand of contemplative dance music will be just as satisfied with these nine "misfires."
Check this track out: On ‘Pow Wow’ a rippling bassline lopes around Murphy`s panoramic perspectives on the food in his neighbourhood, a Village Voice music critic and making peace with the man.