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Little Dark Age

MGMT

Little Dark Age

Fourth album from Brooklyn-based psyechedlic pop duo Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, produced by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev) and Chairlift member Patrick Wimberly

ADM rating[?]

7.2

Label
Columbia
UK Release date
09/02/2018
US Release date
09/02/2018
  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A box of synth pop magic tricks and prove they’ve still got something good to give
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  2. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Perhaps the best indie-rock album of the year so far
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  3. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Little Dark Age could have been the first record, beaming with hope but unable to execute on every track
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  4. 8.2 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Not too bad for a band that only five years ago insisted they couldn’t write pop songs
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    These mavericks are right back no form. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Clash

    NEW This album is already being heralded as a return to form, yet this seems reductive given the positive influence of their previous couple of albums on this project
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  7. 8.0 |   Q

    It’s a record that embodies a whole world of vulnerability, confusion and unsteadiness without losing shape. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   NME

    The psychedelic indie heroes make a surprise return to pop with their fun-filled fourth album
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  9. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Finds MGMT finally rediscovering their mojo
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  10. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Having reined in their experimental tendencies and focused on a common goal, the boys are most definitely back in town
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  11. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    Earns its outsized ambition through some genuinely excellent songs
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  12. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    The album feels like it’s alternately melting and lifting, warming and woozy
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  13. 7.4 |   Earbuddy

    Finally, it sounds like they’ve found the happy medium between their experimental tendencies and their natural pop charisma
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  14. 7.0 |   The Music

    It's been a long time since MGMT have been this accessible
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  15. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The psych-pop duo spool out concise tunes and a likable Luddite message on their fourth LP
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  16. 7.0 |   Pitchfork

    If Little Dark Age is a new start, it’s a promising one
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  17. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    For better or worse, Little Dark Age is an album for its time: moody, backward-looking, a little depressed
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  18. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Its first half features some of the group's sweetest pop confections since those massive singles, while its second delves into the muggy Barrett-isms of their more recent work
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  19. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Will MGMT finally warm up to its stature as a beloved pop band? It’s hard to say, but until then, we’re stuck in the wilderness with these guys
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  20. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    A fun and purposeful release
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  21. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The result is an affirmation that MGMT don’t feel as electric as they once did, but even after a few dissident years, their sense of hope is no less diminished
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  22. 6.0 |   All Music

    They sound like a band treading water, desperately looking for their place in the modern pop landscape and never deciding whether to go pop or stay totally weird
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  23. 5.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    More often than not, Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser lapse back into a sardonic mode that sounded a whole lot better in 2007 than it does in 2018
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  24. 4.0 |   The FT

    The duo’s latest tries to recapture the zest of their debut with zany misanthropy, synth drones and washed-out vocals
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