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MGMT

16 Sep 2013

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 13 Sep 2013
  • Release Date: 13 Sep 2013
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 44:09
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  • ASIN: B00F4VCKAS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,454 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Davis on 30 Sep 2013
Format: Audio CD
I also feel that a couple of the reviews of this album are a little harsh.

I don't think it's as accessible - or quite as good - as their last album, 'Congratulations', but this album still has plenty to offer and is an enjoyable listen.

The first 5 tracks are the most catchy and 'straight'...."Introspection" is a personal favourite!! The second half is a little more spaced out, but upon multiple listens you can really get into it.

The production lets the album down a little for me...sometimes the vocals are buried that far down in the mix beneath electronic whirlings you can barely make out the lyrics. Little blips and beeps really get irritating after a while, in my opinion.

For the fans who only really got into "Kids" or "Time to Pretend" - steer well clear of this release. If, like me, you enjoy their more 'far out' tracks and preferred 'Congratulations' you should definitely invest in this album. Invest the money and the time, because it does take a couple of listens to fully appreciate it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 Oct 2013
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Rather than take an easy route back to the charts MGMT have plotted a hypnotic and exotic path to more exciting shores. My favourite album of the year so far.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Bacon on 24 Oct 2013
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Amazing psychedelic masterpiece. A great album. Unsure at first, but it soon grows on you and becomes a piece of art. Much better than Oracular Spectacular.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MR M J R REDPATH on 22 Sep 2013
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Sometimes the best albums are not always the most immediate especially when the band is not setting its stall out solely for commercial impact & mass appeal.
I can understand the negativity towards this album because on first play it is challenging but every further listen brings more to the table and suddenly you are hooked once again by MGMT. Because it is such a grower on me I am not sure how many stars to give this album but for now it is woth at least 4 stars. PLEASE do not be put off buying this album by the low average rating so far...note that on iTunes after 39 reviews the average rating is up at 9/10.
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By jacob betteridge on 7 July 2014
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Like nothing they've done before
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By Miss K C Lowe on 8 Jan 2014
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Great cd, loads of great tunes, bought or husband, played all the time, loving it. Will have to get others
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EDIT: I've kept on playing it and it's their best album yet!

Cards on the table first, I prefer "Congratulations" to their first album. And "Flash Delirium" is the greatest song of this decade, let alone 21st Century.

I've finally got this album and although "Alien Days" comes close to "Flash Delirium", by the time of "Introspection" (And yes, I know that's a cover) I finally realised what was going on with the album.
The overall sound has been treated, not the usual FX pedals of distortion or phasing, but the whole sound has been made to seem as if a radio with interference. No, more as a hi-tech NASA instrument picking up signals.
This is an idea that will split people into those who think it's a muggy and terrible idea and others who think it's a brilliant idea.

For all the experiments in sound, the melodies are quite grounded. Neither radical or conservative, but a purity of tunes that defies political leanings. If any other band bought out this album with the same lyrics and tunes, but without the foggy sound (And yeah, sometimes the bass drum sounds like it's playing a different song) then that album would have been called a "Classic" and sold millions in it's first week.

You could do a cover on a finger-picked acoustic guitar of "A Good Sadness" and it would be a spellbinding song to listen to.
You could do a cover on a ukelele of "Plenty Of Girls In The Sea" and perform it at parties on the shore.
You couldn't do a cover of the sounds of the album, but the melodies are actually there. An acoustic MGMT album would be an amazing album in it's own right. And as MGMT entered the UK charts at number 45 for one week... Columbia might be putting pressure on the band to make that acoustic album!
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The third and eponymous album by MGMT is not the album you, as a presumed fan of their work up to now, have been expecting in many ways. Although their new and unique "electro-psychedelic" direction is admirable and at least interesting for the most part, this does not mean a really fantastic album and in this case, MGMT seem to have missed a trick. Disregarding the acclaim that they felt they didn't deserve for their debut, "Oracular Spectacular", they continued to create "Congratulations" which the band now concedes to not have been a great effort. Adamant to show what the band is really about, "MGMT" rushes straight down the more unconventional path and ends up in a place full of half-baked ideas along with some better ones.

The album's ten tracks, none of which run over six minutes, offer two distinct flavours generally split into Side 1 and Side 2. Side 1 hosts the tracks with the stronger melodies and hooks while Side 2 deals with the more "trippy" cuts which include both the weakest and strongest material MGMT have ever crafted. To say that "MGMT" is a disaster is an over-exaggeration to say the least. It shows that the band is still interested in trying to make new and engaging music which is reassuring as it is the most valuable asset in this band. The duo are not prolific by any stretch of the imagination so it is slightly disappointing that the time spent on most of the songs seem to have been on making the production sound brilliant (which it does) instead of writing compelling melodies that evolve over the course of its run time.

There are exceptions to this criticism however. These include the relatively conventional, spacey opener "Alien Days", the following piano based "Cool Song No. 2" and the overwhelmingly colourfully produced "A Good Sadness".
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