Columbia, September 17 2013
Reviewed by Jon Howard
After taking the radio by storm in early 2008 with their inarguably catchy synthpop singles “Time to Pretend”, “Electric Feel”, and “Kids”, MGMT faced a tough decision. Should they produce more radio-friendly synthpop and be lumped in with such bands as Passion Pit and Phoenix, or develop the more experimental, psychedelic sound found elsewhere on their debut album Oracular Spectacular. Their sophomore album Congratulations was confirmation that the band had chosen the latter route, and as a result was and still is extremely polarizing among the band’s fanbase. Now with the release of their third, self-titled album, MGMT has all but confirmed that they are strictly a psychedelic act now. If you fell in love with MGMT for their radio singles, turn around now. This album has nothing to offer you. If you fell in love with the psychedelic surf rock of Congratulations, however, then MGMT will certainly not disappoint.