MGMT - MGMT

by Paul Downey Rating:3 Release Date:2013-09-16

MGMT are back with their self titled third album, which seems to carry on the trend from 2010's Congratulations to be 'anti-pop'. The addictive tunes of 'Time to Pretend' and 'Kids' are a hazy memory in the cloud of psychadelic haze MGMT appear to be trapped in.

In many ways, given it's hippy root this is a record that The Beatles could have made had things been different and they were still making music now. There is structure there, it just seems to lack the likeability of their first effort, which they seem desperate to distance themselves from since it hit the airwaves. Single 'Your Life is a Lie' is short but not snappy, and lacks the killer beats and rhythm to make it anything other than average and dull.

Right from the aptly titled 'Alien Days' we are transported to MGMT's world, a trippy and off-kilter planet you wouldn't want to venture to alone. 'Introspection', with its driving bass and hypnotic drums, recalls The Jesus & Mary Chain, but in a room so cloudy you can't see your hand in front of your face. The only time we feel we're getting a structured song is 'Plenty of Girls in the Sea', which bounces along to a perky beat and finally has something memorable attached to it.

'A Good Sadness' sounds like Primal Scream during their electro-dance phase during the early 00s, but again lacks the killer hooks. If MGMT want to hit the heights and not be written off as a one-hit wonder, they need to go back to the drawing board and write songs people other than themselves might want to listen to.

And so continues their descent into musical oblivion......

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