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Self-assured, ambitious, and often ingenious, MGMT’s full-length debut is a densely layered, proudly psychedelic delight. The songs are loaded with alluring hooks and lyrical snippets that grab your attention, making them strong enough to stand up to the bold (mostly synthesized) aural choices made by producer Dave Fridmann (of Flaming Lips fame). On “Time to Pretend,” featured in the movie 21, the bright, grand sounds obscure the bleak, desperate lyrics, as if desperation is worth celebration. (And who’s to say it’s not?) The David Bowie influence is pronounced in spots, from the woozy, vaguely orchestral art-rock of “The Youth” to the ‘70s-style “plastic soul” of “Electric Feel” to the ‘80s-style dance electronics of “Kids.” On the spooky, wobbling, remarkable “The Handshake,” they intone, “We got the handshake under our tongue,” like some sort of cult leaders. Fridmann’s skillful touch, spot-on sequencing, and a distinctive MGMT sparkle help tie together these stylistic adventures. From Satanic-era Stones and T.Rex through Modest Mouse and the Lips, MGMT’s colorful debut is a dazzling trip through 40 years of psychedelic pop — with a deadpan delivery that can only be described as 21st century.

Customer Reviews

This band is going to be huge

A friend asked me to join her for this MGMT performance at a small venue in Denver called High Dive. I was not expecting to be impressed, I rarely am. I was not enjoying my night for the opening bands. When these guys took the stage, my mood immediately began to shift. A band that sounds almost like a throw back to the 70's but with a sound that is colmpletely fresh. Layers of beautiful melody and emotion. The ability to shift back and fourth from rock and a synth feel within the same song at points. Definitely not a one trick pony, with a great deal of experimentation as well within the electronic realm as well. I was freaking out by the end of the night, jumping all around in an intoxicated state. They will be big. Augustus Johnston

exploding into wonderfullness

Really really great. The sound is very well produced, extremely clean, and they have mastered many emotions from one song to the next. I can't wait to hear more, but I would beg the next album to be a bit more experimental, they could easily fall prey to commercialism and big money. It's just so perfect, no one will resist. Rock, pop, indie, disco! F#$% YEAH! ps I listen to this everyday, and have yet to get tired of it. that's saying a lot, I swear!

a song forever special

my friend cole recently passed away at 16 from a tragic car accident, and he really liked the song, "Time to Pretend." it was his MySpace Profile song when he died, which still plays if you access his page today. the song really has some cool lyrics, i think. really telling & really eerie with the way cole lived his life. he is a free-spirited, full-living person, and the song really exemplifies to me the sometimes surrealistic dream of living big & dying young like he did. this song is a forever reminder of him. it brings tears to my eyes everytime i hear it. it's an awesome song anyway, but, because he liked it, i think it's even better. everyone should purchase it. :)


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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