Album review: MGMT, MGMT (Columbia)


MGMT's eponymous album offers few hostages to pleasure. From the opening “Alien Days”, this is a sequence of plodding, miasmic psych-rockers laced with woozy, de-tuned synths, random effects and murmured vocals – dead, dry singing for dispassionate, uninvolving music. Only the cover of “Introspection” by late-1960s psychedelic obscurity Faine Jade and novelty jollity “Plenty Of Girls In The Sea” hold any charm. Elsewhere, it's just a bunch of melody-averse tracks. Another dilettante excursion with little to recommend it.

Download: Introspection; Plenty Of Girls In The Sea