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In the modern psych genre, where The Flaming Lips have outdone themselves several times over, MGMT is raising its own stakes and bringing its film Optimizer to accompany its self-titled third album. It’s an easy, trippy way to get lost for 45 minutes. As expected, the band takes full advantage of the studio as well, pulling out as many stops as a stereo mix will allow. The soundtrack flows well as an album, with each track serving as a counterpoint to the next. “Introspection” comes through as a highlight, marching like something from The Rolling Stones’ unfairly maligned album Their Satanic Majesties’ Request. Digging from those early roots of psychedelia and bringing things to the hyper-present is what MGMT does. The controversial single “Your Life Is a Lie” creates deliberate tension that’s relieved by the supersonic breakout of “A Good Sadness,” where harmonies burst through the channels in various positions. Strange, exploratory, and uncompromising, MGMT expects no one to get everything on first listen—but after multiple attempts, don’t be surprised if you’re hypnotized by the weirdness.

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electric feel

I like all of MGMT's music and I liked the last album and "congratulations" but is it just me or does anyone else wanna get back to feeling that ELECTRIC FEEL⚡


Loved the first two albums, but "Life is a Lie" has to be a joke. It literally made me cancel my preorder. If that's what has taken a couple of years to write then I'm out. Sorry if I'm not deep enough to "get it".


It's been three very long years since MGMT released their last record, "Congratulations," but now they're back with their highly anticipated self-titled album. And I honestly couldn't be more excited. The first single, "Your Life Is a Lie," perfectly showcases this band's insane, warped musical style in all its unpredictable glory. And "Alien Days" manages to be even more of a surreal and psychedelic trip than that one. As for the rest of this record, I know the guys aren't gonna disappoint. I feel like they're trying to expand on the experimental craziness of "Oracular Spectacular" while making the songs sound fresh and creative. If the two tracks I've heard are any indication, "MGMT" (the album) is truly gonna be one of the year's best.


Formed: 2002 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Finding an unlikely middle point between Suicide's hostile, proto-electro punk art noise and the sardonic, pop-friendly sound of the Flaming Lips, MGMT started as electroclash musical terrorists but quickly grew into an eclectic, brainy pop group with psychedelic overtones. MGMT first formed in 2002, during Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Van Wyngarden's freshman year as art students at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. The band was initially known as the Management, and its shows consisted...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: Sep 17, 2013

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