Music Review: MGMT
Published: Friday, September 27, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013 16:09
MGMT took the world by storm with “Oracular Spectacular,” spawning two of the catchiest songs ever, and then released the “experimental” album of Congratulations, which confused half their fans and let themselves fade away from the pop scene.
Now MGMT have returned with their third album, simply titled “MGMT,” and everybody is asking the question: “Any songs like ‘Electric Feel’ or ‘Kids’?” And the answer is no. This time around, the psychedelic duo has perfected a trippy little dose of baby acid rock. From the dreamy beginning of the David Bowie-esque “Alien Days” the spacey swamp groove of “Cool Song No. 2,” which would have made a great addition to the Willy Wonka Soundtrack (Gene Wilder version), and the bubbly bounce Beach Boys sing-a-long version of “Plenty of Girls in the Sea.”
However, the most impressive track on the album is “I Love You Too, Death.” Having more bells and chimes than a Pink Floyd track, it is a wormhole lullaby of endless sounds that captivates the senses and allows the mind to release itself from reality.
The album is a flamboyant masterpiece of fuzz and fun that gently floats from one track to another, and almost feels effortless, as if they had just managed to throw this together at the last minute. But we know different. We know that MGMT have made a cool record for a cool generation, and although it won’t dominate the world’s radio with its massive pop hits, indie hipsters can rejoice and spin this record until the sun comes.