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Pop/Rock - Released April 9, 2010 | Columbia

Distinctions 3F de Télérama - 5/6 de Magic - Sélection Les Inrocks
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Pop/Rock - Released December 14, 2007 | Red Ink - Columbia

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When MGMT were asked by their record label for a list of their dream producers, with low expectations they sarcastically replied: Prince, Nigel Godrich, Barack Obama, and "not Sheryl Crow." Columbia returned with Dave Fridmann, the producer extraordinaire best known for his work with Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev. In typical Fridmann fashion, Oracular Spectacular is a glamorous mega-production through and through. Drums are massively distorted and shimmering keyboards are articulately layered as he takes the reins, leading the duo through his daisy chain of onboard compressors, delay units, and whatever other mysterious studio gizmos and gadgets he uses to get his trademark sound. Expectedly, the 14-karat polish enhances MGMT's blend of psychedelic and indie-electro to a shiny sonic gleam, resulting in some of the catchiest pop songs to come from N.Y.C. since the turn of the millennium. The tunes sound classic and new all at once, paying homage to Bowie, the Kinks, and the Stones, while updating traditional progressions with flashes of Royal Trux, Ween, and LCD Soundsystem. It's a wonderful mess of musical ideas, ranging from the dancy disco thump and Bee Gees falsetto of "Electric Feel" to the gritty acoustic-based "Pieces of What," to the grimy synth groove on the anthemic "Time to Pretend." With tongues planted firmly in cheeks, sardonic wit is as abundant as Andrew Van Wyngarden and Ben Goldwasser spoof the stereotypical rock & roll lifestyle with lines like "Lets make some music, make some money, find some models for wives/I'll go to Paris take some heroin and fuck with the stars." Despite the ever-present irony, the songs never feel insincere and the record is inherently strong throughout, making it a solid start to their career. © Jason Lymangrover /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 13, 2013 | Columbia

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Pop/Rock - Released August 6, 2013 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 9, 2018 | Columbia

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Five fallow years. We had to wait until 2016 for MGMT to hit the studio, under the sun of the US West Coast. Little Dark Age marks the glorious return of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, heroes of the soundtrack to the 2000s. After an eponymous album which was less impressive than Oracular Spectacular (2007) and Congratulations (2010), this fourth work takes off on a synth-pop tangent. They needed to evolve. All alone, the Brooklyn team started to feel their isolation. On production, we find Dave Fridmann, ex-Mercury Rev, and Chairlift guitarist, Patrick Wimberly, who manages a double triumph. Channelling their genius and opening it out to collaborations: Connan Mockasin, who can be found in the album's title clip, and the main synth freak, Ariel Pink. In a more sombre vein which binds form to content, MGMT draws out nuances in the form of homages to the Cure, Gothic and even pop flavours. If the acid sheen of their youthful works had the character of a bad trip (You die, And words won’t do anything, It’s permanently night), the psychedelic effervescence dries up to give way to a baroque pop sound, the quilted synths of Hand it Over showing that the priority here is levity. The heritage of Robert Smith has replaced the hippy bandanas, without quite filling Andrew's head with post-punk fatalism. On the contrary. Struck by occasional inspirations (TSLAMP, She Works Out Too Much), MGMT are playing on the halcyon days of the Eighties, when new wave unfurled across Europe (the ambiguous Me & Michael). This recipe brings forth Little Dark Age and When You Die, marked by the dark synths and vivid melodies that Ariel writes along with the lyrics. An album like a rough-hewn gem. Frustrating, delightful, but with the allure of a thing incomplete. © CS/Qobuz
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Electronic - Released October 3, 2011 | Late Night Tales

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Pop/Rock - Released February 11, 2008 | Columbia

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Electronic - Released October 3, 2011 | Late Night Tales

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Pop/Rock - Released October 10, 2008 | Columbia

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Pop/Rock - Released July 15, 2008 | Columbia

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Pop/Rock - Released June 20, 2008 | Columbia

Alternative & Indie - Released September 28, 2018 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 9, 2010 | Columbia

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Pop/Rock - Released July 31, 2008 | Columbia

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Pop/Rock - Released February 25, 2008 | Columbia

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Pop/Rock - Released February 20, 2009 | Columbia

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Pop/Rock - Released October 10, 2008 | Columbia

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Pop/Rock - Released March 11, 2011 | Columbia

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Pop/Rock - Released February 10, 2007 | Columbia

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Pop/Rock - Released March 3, 2008 | Columbia