Review // MGMT – MGMT

mgmtColumbia/Sony // September 17th

Not quite the sales catastrophe their record label had feared, MGMT’s self-styled ‘anti-commercial’ second album ‘Congratulations’ appears to have emboldened the duo’s sense of purpose. Once again steering well clear of big singles, ‘MGMT’ offers brief flashes of ‘Nuggets’-ish melody early on, but dissolves into lurching psychedelic soup by side two. The drab, sprawling electronica of ‘Astro-Mancy’ and wispy, whispered plod of ‘I Love You To Death’ may provide them stock for live wigouts, but here they’re laborious at best. Ultimately the album’s main problem is not that it sounds like a bad acid trip, just a really uninteresting one.

Tom Edwards