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MGMT is the self titled, third studio album from Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser. The successor to 2008’s Oracular Spectacular and 2010’s Congratulations, MGMT sees the band continuing to push themselves to expand the boundaries of modern pop music. The result is a diverse and powerful collection of 10 songs that directly mirrors the duo’s encompassing surrealist view of the everyday. The album is accompanied by ‘the Optimizer’, providing listeners of the album with a simultaneously aural and optical listening experience including exclusive video footage and CGI work.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Then comes MGMT, and the first time I played it, well . ? . time passed, played it again, I liked it more . ? . time passed. Third time I really enjoyed it. Then today I played it again, the fourth time. It's a grand album. And when there is so much schlock out there, it's important to have albums like this, where you can play them and they offer something different.
To pick out the gems, is like dismantling a crown, but some like to look at the jewels. Everybody loves Alien Days, it lets you into the album easily. Cool Song No. 2 is . . . cool. I Love You too, Death is, for me, the wooby of the cwown. I will be listening to this very carefully in the future - it's beautiful.
So, it's disturbing when people give this album only one star, there's no redemption from a rating like that. Of course MGMT isn't going to appeal to everybody, but maybe those people should stay away. (Like somebody who can't stand opera or westerns, but judging them anyway.) A bit of trust can go a long way. I'm glad I listened to this a few times before taking the time to write something.
I hope MGMT continue to explore music the way they are doing. It's very liberating - like that 6:00 minute point in Siberian Breaks (and the video at that point too - open your eyes : ).
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.
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
MGMT's 3rd album continues the progression started on the previous release "Congratulations", moving further into the outer limits of psychedelia. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Beatle John
Great cd, loads of great tunes, bought or husband, played all the time, loving it. Will have to get othersPublished on 8 Jan. 2014 by Miss K C Lowe
To me, MGMT made two of the best albums of the late noughties. I've had a good go at getting into this album, but it simply lacks the quality of songs that characterised their... Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2014 by Mr. A. J. Poole
I bought this on the back of an excellent first album, a good second and a really good recent gig. The album started in mediocre vein and went downhill thereafter. Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2013 by Sir Elvis
Pretentious and self indulgent. I would not recommend it to any existing MGMT fans, it's a total departure from previous efforts.Published on 10 Nov. 2013 by D. Ormrod
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.Published on 24 Oct. 2013 by Kevin Bacon
There are some interesting tracks but it's not so good as the both previous, no surprises, at all!for fans!!!!!The falling of the band!Published on 19 Oct. 2013 by Frank Bozic Jr.