I’m not going to lie, I’m loving MGMT right now. Six years ago the band released their debut album, Oracular Spectacular to great critical and commercial acclaim. Of course, I’m not a fan of either of those things and thus, I was not a fan of MGMT.
Utilizing the help of Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann, the band was able to craft an album chock full of poppy, danceable radio friendly singles such as “Time to Pretend,” “Electric Feel,” and “Kids.”
While the kids seem to love the hits, apparently MGMT did not. Instead of building on the successful formula laid out on Oracular Spectacular, the band opted to go in a completely different direction on their next album, think Radiohead’s jump from The Bends to OK Computer, Except, while most people enjoyed OK Computer even more than The Bends, MGMT’s sophomore effort, Congratulations, was pretty much hated by everyone, myself not included.
The band successfully veered way out of the mainstream and adopted a strange, proggy soundscape that was essentially a big middle finger to their fans. If you love “Time To Pretend,” you’re probably not going to enjoy any of the 12 minutes and nine seconds of “Siberian Breaks” which just so happens to be my favorite song on the album.
Which brings us to MGMT’s latest effort, MGMT, with which they’ve put about as much effort in crafting re-listenable songs as they did coming up with the album’s title. Yep, MGMT’s latest is even more inaccessible than Congratulations, nearly 45 minutes of trippy, listless jams that wouldn’t be caught dead on pop radio. I can’t think of a more perfect album!
MGMT’s MGMT is a prime candidate to top my album of the year list. I can’t even imagine what the band has in store for us next.
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