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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2013
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2013
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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on 8 October 2013
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!

I can picture Columbia moving the band to a smaller label. I can even see the band getting dropped! There'll probably be more pressure for the band to next time bring the melodic bits up higher into the mix. And maybe write shorter poppy songs (Although can you possibly get any more basic and fun than "Your Life Is A Lie"?)
I can't see Columbia giving the band a lecture on lyric writing or how to write melodies. In fact, maybe in a few years we'll see another release of the album, but only with all the studio channels available so you could do your own mix of the record?

And pyramid shaped pictures in the albums artwork only work for big selling bands who have sold out to the illuminati anyway...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2013
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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on 3 January 2015
MGMT's 3rd album continues the progression started on the previous release "Congratulations", moving further into the outer limits of psychedelia. If this was a vinyl release I would say side one is excellent, starting with "Alien Days" (check out the nightmarish video on YouTube). "Introspection" and "Your Life Is a Lie" both hark back to the tunefulness of the first album. Side two sees MGMT move into the realm of dreamy electronica. I like "A Good Sadness" which reminds me of Radiohead's similar forays into this area. The rest of the album drifts by nicely but doesn't make much of an impression, save the singalong "Plenty of Girls in the Sea" which stands out a bit from the tracks either side of it. This release includes a free download to a trippy video of the full album which is worth a look.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2013
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". These tracks prove that if they had devoted more time to the songwriting, in whatever way they do it, then they would have an album filled with brilliantly unique and attention-grabbing music. As it stands, the majority of the songs seem to have been derived from aimless elongated jam sessions by picking the best fruit out of a bad bunch and it shows in the weaker tracks (see the watery, wrinkly orange segment that is "Astro-Mancy"). Although there are several moments of inspired psychedelic goodness in these "experimental" sections, "I Love You Too Death" being a definite highlight of Side 2 with its dreamily textured atmosphere punctuated by a yawning bass sound, the main bulk of the album is full of above average sounding synth effects, guitar parts and drum tracks.

Therefore, the real question is what they get up to next. There is no doubt that the band is getting better in many ways; the lyrics are a real step up from previous efforts (VanWyngarden has become very accomplished with whimsical, lulluby poetry which fits nicely to the music) and the production, as mentioned before, is consistently vibrant throughout the album. However, the duo's reliance to trust their first instinct and pass it off as the best they can do is to do a disservice to them; they are two outstandingly imaginative musical minds if they bother to concentrate.

So although this may not be the remarkable breakthrough that some expected from this self-titled offering, it is positive sign that the band is definitely going places; "MGMT" just happens to be a stepping stone that takes them further out than ever while also bringing them closer to true magnificence.
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on 8 January 2014
Great cd, loads of great tunes, bought or husband, played all the time, loving it. Will have to get others
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on 16 December 2014
takes a while to get used to but now I love it!!!!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2013
MGMTs album is certainly interesting. To the normal ear it may be hard to grasp. Different music you listen to with different ears, that is that different artists create music for different atmospheres and effects. At first it may be hard to see what atmosphere mgmt are trying to create; however, in the correct head space MGMT have managed to create music that is for the most part, ecstasy. The sound is so textured and immersive that the music really draws you in and leaves you floating around in the breeze like an elastic cloud. Sometime the textures work antagonistically with the rest of the textures in a song yet it still comes out working extremely well. I really feel MGMT have mastered or are very close to mastering the perfect sound for an LSD trip, all of the sounds seem to work so well there. Not that the album can't be enjoyed without LSD. I feel that if perhaps LSD was a more popular drug, instead of drugs like alcohol and ecstasy, perhaps more people would feel where MGMT were coming from and the album would be regarded very highly. And I say all this without even listening to the whole album whilst watching optimiser which looks like such a laugh. And lyrically this album takes your mind meandering into the most interesting of places. MGMT is a pool of treats that you really have to just let yourself fall into. Those days taught me everything I know. MGMT is the perfect album for sitting back gazing, mental wondering, laughing and having the ultimate easy fun.
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