Little Dark Age

MGMT - Little Dark Age
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2018 Ratings: #305 / 673
User Score
Based on 784 ratings
2018 Ratings: #49
February 9, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

Following the success of artists like Ariel Pink and Tame Impala, the arena of odd and experimental psychedelic pop music is in relatively safe hands, but MGMT still hold a stake in its creation. There’s still something fun and interesting to be found in what the band do and Little Dark Age is proof that they’re nowhere near done with inter dimensional meddling.

85
Under The Radar

Little Dark Age is a welcome return of MGMT's pop instincts, but it rarely shies away from the duo's love of adventurous psychedelia, either. It's perhaps the best indie-rock album of the year so far.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

The true follow up to Congratulations, the record that is doomed to enjoy the benefit of the regret of the music writers who panned Congratulations and also to enjoy the inevitable backlash against the backlash. The record is more than good enough to earn these accolades.

82
Sputnikmusic
This isn’t the best this band has sounded in years, it’s the best they’ve ever sounded.
80
NME
MGMT’s return to pop is a ... welcome surprise.
80
The Guardian

Little Dark Age is audibly more rooted in mainstream mid-80s electronic pop than anything MGMT have recorded before.

80
Paste

Working again with Dave Fridmann and with some key assists from likeminded popster Ariel Pink and MGMT touring member James Robinson, the album feels like it’s alternately melting and lifting, warming and woozy.

80
The Observer

Little Dark Age finds MGMT finally rediscovering their mojo.

80
musicOMH

Little Dark Age appears to have been a cathartic album for MGMT to make. With such strength of feeling in the lyrics, it benefits greatly from their largely positive musical approach. The tunes are back, the harmonies are still weirdly endearing, and the album hangs together really well as a whole.

80
American Songwriter
The album earns its outsized ambition through some genuinely excellent songs.
80
The Needle Drop

NY pop duo MGMT executes a fantastic return to form with the sounds of synth pop on Little Dark Age.

80
Clash
Following the success of ‘Oracular Spectacular’, it seemed a conscious move on the band’s part to move away from the mainstream pop world with their more experimental work. With ‘Little Dark Age’, the group have perfected the balancing act between the two, and have delivered a project that should please fans on both sides.
80
No Ripcord

MGMT always excel when they don't try too hard, and on Little Dark Age, they admirably leverage irony with lighthearted merriment.

75
Northern Transmissions
While the album is as strange as can be expected, it also has a remarkable consistency that keeps it from being a messy pastiche of disconnected ideas and genres.
70
Exclaim!

It is, in some ways, an auditory microcosm of the band's career up until this point. Its first half features some of the group's sweetest pop confections since those massive singles, while its second delves into the muggy Barrett-isms of their more recent work.

70
Slant Magazine

For better or worse, Little Dark Age is an album for its time: moody, backward-looking, a little depressed.

70
Pitchfork

The good news is that Little Dark Age marks a welcome shift in tactics. Much of the belabored excess of the last two albums is gone. They have traded the shaggy 1960s references and overstuffed arrangements for comparatively streamlined pop, and they have rediscovered their ability to write hooks.

70
Rolling Stone

MGMT are back to their roots on Little Dark Age, with concise tunes built from cushy keyboard beats and cute, kiting melodies.

70
FLOOD Magazine

Little Dark Age was met with little anticipation or excitement, but the music gives the impression that the two have transcended their concern with status or influence.

65
Spectrum Culture

tle Dark Age, the duo’s long-gestating fourth album, casts them as graveyard goths whose madcap sense of humor barely keeps the bad vibes at bay. That it works is a testament to just how unpredictable this band has become in its experimental period.

60
AllMusic
They sound like a band treading water, desperately looking for their place in the modern pop landscape and never deciding whether to go pop or stay totally weird. This indecision leaves them stuck in the middle of the road, which isn't a very interesting place to be.
60
Loud and Quiet
The result is an affirmation that MGMT don’t feel as electric as they once did, but even after a few dissident years, their sense of hope is no less diminished.
60
God Is in the TV

The record is entertaining with a drastic switch to a toe-tapping twinkly 80’s-inspired synth pop and yet at the same meaningful and relevant, which is something their antecedent fans connected with on debut Oracular Spectacular.

50
Consequence of Sound

There are some sweet moments on Little Dark Age and some stale ones. More often than not, Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser lapse back into a sardonic mode that sounded a whole lot better in 2007 than it does in 2018.

BradTasteMusic
85
It starts really strong but as it got to the 6th track it kinda slowly lost me. I liked the second half but it is way less enjoyable than the first
MarkCooper
70
Actually, I think it's pretty enjoyable. A lot of the reviews i'm seeing for Little Dark Age are saying how the band feels like they've lost a fire in their belly, or are "treading water." I see it more as the band members being interested in an aesthetic than just pop tunes on this one. Much like Congratulations, this is shaping up to be another critically underrated MGMT album on the grounds that critics are not going into it with the right approach.

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DEEPSLEEP
45
When You Die is just beautiful, isn't it?

Well, I enjoyed this record a lot. Had a fun weekend with it
thisisabtlgrnd
84
I think MGMT really came through here. I'm not sure I'd put LDA on the level of Congratulations, but it's still one of the group's best-ever projects to my ears. It sees MGMT plumbing the depths of their psyches while still maintaining their signature wit and sense of fun. Plus, it manages to be the group's most accessible album since their debut. But, unlike their debut, which was catchy but lacking in substance, LDA folds in goth pop and new wave as a means of exploring depression, ... read more
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Track List

  1. She Works Out Too Much
  2. Little Dark Age
  3. When You Die
  4. Me and Michael
  5. TSLAMP
  6. James
  7. Days That Got Away
  8. One Thing Left to Try
  9. When You’re Small
  10. Hand It Over
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Added on: May 7, 2017