MGMT Need No Change Of MGMT,
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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!
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...