This Is Happening by LCD Soundsystem
Released: May 18, 2010 DFA/Virgin
I hate this record. I absolutely fucking hate this record. The reason is simple. It’s very good. It’s exceptionally good. And it is purportedly the final LCD Soundsystem record, ever. And because of that measure, despite its playfulness, it’s earnestness, it’s artful navigation away from spiraling into grating hipster self-adulation, it represents a sad ending of sorts. A closing chapter. A funeral. If LCD Soundsystem does end it’s run as a three-time soundtrack to consumate turn-of-the-millenium hipster anxiety that miraculously made white kids dance, then I encourage you to enjoy this one final, fantastic hate-fuck of a record. You will love it. And then you have to confront the fact that we all, even James Murphy, eventually must deal with our demons, put away our adolescent toys and grow the fuck up.