All along, LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy said that 2010 album This Is Happening would be the band’s last. Any fan’s hopes that the critical praise and year-end list appearances would convince him to reconsider were dashed with the controversy-inducing final gig at Madison Square Garden on April 2nd. Murphy may be looking down the homestretch, but the album continues to receive some attention from other artists in the form of covers. See Green covered “I Can Change” earlier this year, and now WOJCIK (pronounced VOY-check) have taken on the track as well.
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2010 is only half over, but LCD Soundsystem’s new (and supposedly final) album This Is Happening is already being hailed as one of the year’s best. It got a 9.2 from Pitchfork – about as close to a perfect score as they give these days – and hit number one on Amazon.com’s midyear best-of list. Not bad for a frumpy 40-year old hipster writing songs about detachment.
With such love already pouring in, it’s no surprise the covers have begun arriving as well. First to catch our eye was See Green, who tackled the album’s second single, “I Can Change.” The ‘80s-throwback synths vanish in the wake of thudding drums, crunchy guitar riffs, and Courtenay Green’s grrrl-power vocals. The break where some guy starts shouting out random LCD song titles adds an endearingly quirky touch.