Pitchfork on ‘This is Happening’ by LCD Soundsystem

They don’t always get it right, but they’re bang on with this one. On James Murphy:

“I spent my whole life wanting to be cool… but I’ve come to realize that coolness doesn’t exist the way I once assumed,” said Murphy in a recent Guardian feature. This realization probably has something to do with his rising cultural cache. After all, Murphy has done what all other music fiends only dream about— he’s flipped the system and become the embodiment of coolness. This is a phenomenal coup.

And the music:

Opener “Dance Yrself Clean” starts quiet and stuffed with circular paranoia: “Talking like a jerk except you are an actual jerk, and living proof that sometimes friends are mean,” Murphy mumbles to himself. “All My Friends” this is not. But then a massive, meaty synth expands the speakers, lifts the singer up, and plops him down smack in the middle of the dancefloor.