The only MGMT album I had listened to was 2007’s Oracular Spectacular, but I was still very excited for their new album, Little Dark Age. This album is really strange – in a good way – but it makes it hard to describe.
The first song, “She Works Out Too Much”, is a lot of fun. The song is about the vocalist being tired of liking his girlfriend’s workout selfies on social media. It’s very techno-heavy, and every once in a while it sounds like a workout video in the background. It’s very weird, but in a good way. I also appreciated the double entendre in the lyrics “The only reason we never worked out was / He didn’t work out.” The next song is “Little Dark Age”, which lives up to its name. It sounds dark, but only a bit. Overall, the song sounds very 80s techno.
Following the 80s trend, “Me and Michael” is very pop. It’s just a love song about someone named Michael, and how solid their relationship is. It’s not bad, but it’s also nothing new. “TSLAMP” is all about the singer staring at his phone, and the instrumentals are very reminescent of the old MGMT, which was really neat to hear. There’s a bridge halfway through the song that sounds very latin-inspired, which was suprising to hear. I couldn’t name an alternative band that has done that before, but it was executed very well.
I couldn’t tell you much about the song “James”, because I was so distracted my the vocalist. It’s incredibly baritone, which is unlike his normal voice. It sounded great, though. I’m not sure the lyrics were important in the song anyways, because the vocalist is telling someone named James that he’s close by and can come over anytime.
“Days That Got Away” is my least favorite song on this album. There are too many sounds at once, and they don’t blend well together. The next few songs aren’t awful, but they definitely fall flat.
The last song, “Hand It Over” isn’t bad. It’s definitely redeemed by the harmonies at the end. Also, there’s a “rocket” noise that seems to land and take the song with it at the end. That’s an awful description, but you should definitely listen to it, because it’s a really creative ending.
Overall, this album wasn’t the most spectacular, but there were a few good songs, and I’m still excited to see what MGMT does in the future.
By: Monica Brich