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How MGMT Finally Reinvented Their Sound While Fans Never Even Expect It (A Review)

by: Bambang Irawan

Back to mid-2000’s when two clumsy teenagers from Connecticut started to make music as a comedy purpose. But who knows in 2007 they suddenly released their ultimate record, Oracular Spectacular which becomes one of the top hits in every album chart over the world. This legendary line, “This is our decision to live fast and die young" has been unofficially declared as modern hippies anthem ever since. They also slipped another remarkable coming of age-ish songs, such as "Kids" and "Electric Feel".

After their album, Congratulations (2010) and the self-titled album in 2013, MGMT went to hiatus for almost 4 years, made their fans questioning their ability to make proper follow up to NME Award winner, Oracular Spectacular. 'Congratulations' was not as disappointing as people think, especially due to the existence of 11 minutes long masterpiece "Siberian Break" which claimed by some fans as a potential classic.


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During the fall of 2017, MGMT finally announced their first single in 4 years, Little Dark Age. They seemed so promising with a catchy tune and solid songwriting which surprised most of the people. Although some people are disappointed by their third album, we could consider this new album as a wonder. Followed by other singles, "When You Die", "Hand it Over", and "Me and Michael", MGMT starting to impress us for one more time again.

Until on February 9, they finally released the album, Little Dark Age. The question is, how much MGMT can impress us again and reinvent their signature sound like they did on the first album? MGMT realized many fans were disappointed by their experiment at 2013’s MGMT while the expectation on them is incredibly high, so they tried to fix it this time. According to Rolling Stone, they decided to off for a while. The keyboardist, Ben Goldwasser moved to L.A while the frontman Andrew VanWynGarden bought a house in Queen. When they were back in the studio together, they tried to back in their basic songwriting as in Oracular Spectacular, when they focused only on making good choruses. As simple as that.

Just like its predecessor, Andrew and Ben delivered usual cheerful tone, acid atmosphere yet trippy beat surrounding those delightful tongues in cheek humour. Little Dark Age takes MGMT back to their prime time when Oracular Spectacular hit the world in 2007 but in a different direction, slower but lyrically genius. Well, not that genius, but lyrically ironic. Try to take a listen of "When You Die" and "Me and Michael". Their songwriting could also pull from American election in 2016. Therefore, they called it ‘Little Dark Age’. Beside their standout 4 singles, there also "TSLAMP" as my personal favourite. "TSLAMP" stands for ‘Time Spent Looking at My Phone", a satire to people nowadays, while "She Works Out Too Much" delivers on a delusional relationship. Overall, we could describe that Little Dark Age is less clamorous and more easy-listening than Oracular Spectacular.

What makes Little Dark Age even better is while most of the fans lost their patience and started to leaving MGMT. After replaying it 10 times a day, we can assume that people will also think the same. This album is a real MGMT we used to know, and even much better. So, let's enjoy the new album and don’t expect anything from them again. They haven't built to be a freaking superstar, so let it be.