AOTY 2019

MGMT

MGMT - MGMT
Critic Score
Based on 30 reviews
2013 Ratings: #887 / 961
User Score
Based on 303 ratings
2013 Ratings: #412
September 17, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
DIY

It's an immaculate full-length that shows growth and maturity in songwriting and sound, with adult themes cleverly masked by playful sonics that evoke the innocence of childhood.

80
AllMusic

Although it's clear that their infectious, single-heavy debut was no accident, the more experimental aspect of MGMT seems to be their dominant side.

80
NME

In a world where bands exist merely to bag the next phone ad soundtrack, the guts and wild abandon of the pair’s singular, foolhardy vision is rare indeed.

70
musicOMH

On one hand, they seem able to produce easily digestible fuzzy pop songs slightly reminiscent of soft rock with what appears to be consummate ease; on the other, they can enter into all manner of sonic digressions with a noteworthy lightness of touch.

70
The 405

Not many other bands in their position could get away with an album like this; they've reached the stage where going back to writing straightforward songs would seem like a serious retrograde step. More power to them.

62
Pitchfork

For all of their talk of going off the deep end, MGMT ultimately takes on a less flattering image, of a band wading in the indie mainstream.

60
PopMatters

The result, a self-titled rebirth following a hiatus, is a bit of a mess. Still, it’s a thrillingly inventive and uncompromisingly colorful mess, and isn’t that the best kind of mess?

50
The Line of Best Fit

Dense, uneasy psychedelia dominates, and although this isn’t a product of wilfully inaccessible experimentation, neither does it contain much in the way of instant melodies and conventional song structures.

50
Consequence of Sound

The record’s thick textures feel like canvases that have been painted over too many times, and its genre excursions have had the life practiced out of them. A looser take on MGMT would likely have been a rousing success.

50
Pretty Much Amazing

On MGMT the band has aimed for a modern day equivalent of a cross between Revolver and Sgt. Pepper, but they’ve produced the psych-rock equivalent of Oasis’s Be Here Now – an impenetrable, overwrought, hit-and-miss product marred by ego. 

50
No Ripcord

What’s disheartening about MGMT is that even if they disapprove of their earlier pop songs, their structureless compositions still operate within a high level of artful accessibility.

40
Spin

On their third and eponymously titled album, Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden don't notice a lot of things, including their lack of hooks or any sort of identity. 

40
Tiny Mix Tapes

Whereas Congratulations was almost impenetrably dense with melody and progression, the material on MGMT is stripped down to an absolute dearth of ideas.

charlie17
68
Here's the deal(crash)
Open your eyes(crash)
This album's alright(crash)
There are some good songs(crash)
Like alien days(crash)
And Life is a lie(crash)
This album's alright
But there are some flaws(crash)
it feels underbaked(crash)
At certain times(crash)
Like introspection(crash)
Or Astro-mancy(crash)
It's really alright(crash)
This album's alright(68/100)
Tielur
15
2013 was a real real real mixed bag wasn't it?
chairycherry
NR
This album is not bad though. I just felt there were too many tracks on here that didn't stand out as catchy, memorable, or amazing. A lot of tracks feel very dull and uninspired. Some pretty quirky sounding songs that I like: "Alien Days"; "Your Life Is a Lie"; "Plenty Of Girls In The Sea".
bajafrecuencia
60
Buenas intenciones, pero poco verdaderamente entretenido y memorable. El peor álbum de MGMT a la fecha y una anomalía en lo que es su espectacular discografía.

Fav Tracks: "Alien Days".
exception
64
voice variation is a very important thing. i couldn't tell the difference between most of these songs. the fun, psychedelic mgmt that we know and love is gone on this LP, leaving a bland shell behind it, with few tracks with potential. mgmt changed in a bad way on this album, and if they keep this up, they'll prove that they can't last.
fav tracks: alien days, cool song no.2
least fav tracks: i love you too, death, astro-mancy
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Year End Lists

#56/Under the Radar

Track List

  1. Alien Days 
  2. Cool Song No 2 
  3. Mystery Disease 
  4. Introspection 
  5. Your Life Is a Lie 
  6. A Good Sadness 
  7. Astro-Mancy 
  8. I Love You to Death 
  9. Plenty Of Girls in the Sea 
  10. An Orphan of Fortune
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