Words by Sophie Doyle.
Firstly, lets get something straight here. It is this reviewer’s humble opinion that MGMT will never, ever top 2007’s Oracular Spectacular. That said MGMT’s latest self-titled offering certainly is a nudge in the right direction. The third chapter in Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew Van Wyngarden’s tale is a happy addition to the pair’s now three-release strong catalogue.
This is an intricate offering from a band with the tendency to sometimes leave listeners wondering just what it is that they’re listening – not immediately ‘getting’ it. However, this is a complex blend offering highs and lows and methodical repetitive pop that can become almost hypnotic at homes. So please grab my hand with two sweaty palms as I attempt to navigate the both of us through this one….
First off it is worth acknowledging that this is not a release containing immediately obvious lead singles. This is an album with the potential to expand like a sponge in your mind. Running head long into a tangle of clichés: It’s a complex slow burner and It’s likely to earn its keep in your collection once you nudge through your first impressions.
Pleasant surprises lie in the bookend tracks of the LP. The meandering playfulness of album opener ‘Alien Days,’ and the journey of the closer ‘An Orphan of Fortune.’ There’s also ‘Mystery Disease’ which will no doubt appeal to a number of ears out there.
MGMT are by no means back to the all round high fives of Oracular Spectacular, but fans are most likely breathing a sigh of relief after the disappointing follow up that was Congratulations. This is a grown up offering and worth the rotation.
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