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Loss Of Life


Loss Of Life

Fifth album and first since 2018 from Brooklyn-based psyechedlic pop duo Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden includes a guest appearance a from Christine and the Queens

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  1. 9.0 |   Uncut

    It's a modern masterclass in psych pop. Print edition only

  2. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Loss of Life is MGMT’s most cinematic record to date, allowing the duo to grapple with mortality through meaningful introspection which reveals that, at the end of all things, there’s always love
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  3. 8.0 |   XS Noize

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  4. 8.0 |   Dork

    A triumph, taking the essence of what made MGMT a household name and distilling it into something even purer and more potent
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  5. 8.0 |   NME

    Between streaming hits and a 'Saltburn' placement, the band remain remarkably present. Their latest is a '70s-inspired career highlight
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A mesmerising return. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    The Connecticut duo’s fifth release is a big, warm hug of a whimsical and wonderful return to form
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  8. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    On their fifth studio album, the band mixes comedy with contemplation
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  9. 8.0 |   DIY

    They continue to plough their strange pop furrow with aplomb
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  10. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It’s accessible only at arm’s length, unearthing its bizarre mystery, warmth and sardonic sadness when you delve a little deeper
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  11. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    A whole new chapter for a band whose value to pop music is only now becoming properly clear
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  12. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The newly viral US duo seem to take inspiration from Bowie, Simon and Garfunkel and the Gallagher brothers on an album of glossy, impressively melodic psychedelic pop
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  13. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    The most astounding and significant moment on Loss Of Life’ is one of the album’s most simplistic musically. The tear-inducing lullaby ‘Phradie’s Song’
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  14. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Despite how much the record finds Goldwasser and VanWyngarden grappling with humanity, nearly every song here sounds like they’re doing everything they can to walk toward the light, no matter how elusive
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  15. 7.9 |   Paste Magazine

    Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser’s fifth album is their most mature and reflective take on washed-out psych-rock yet—arriving easy, loose and immersive
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  16. 7.8 |   Northern Transmissions

    A captivating milestone that underscores their maturation both collectively as a band and individually as artists
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  17. 7.0 |   Clash

    As a whole, ‘Loss Of Life’ deftly balances the ability to appeal to the hardcore fans who have stuck with them, all while winning back the hearts of those who may have been lost along the way
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  18. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Despite its morbid title, Loss of Life contains some of MGMT’s most sincere and hopeful music
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  19. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    MGMT’s Loss of Life culminates with a run of songs about sleep, love, and death so deeply felt that it doesn’t matter if they are still joking on some level
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  20. 7.0 |   All Music

    It's not a return to form, a return to pop, or really a return of any kind, just a continuation of the band's blissfully weird frames of mind and a record that includes some of their strongest songs in years
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  21. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    After a 2018 album hailed as a return to form, the duo shifts to slick, big-tent pop pastiche — Britpop, power ballads, ’80s excess — delivered with arched brows and palpable yearning
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  22. 6.0 |   Spill Magazine

    The more experimental songs never get strange or wild enough, and the more accessible ones are not nearly as memorable as other songs in their catalogue
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  23. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Melancholy is accompanied by an archness
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  24. 6.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    It feels like an excellent EP that was spread thin across a much larger obligation
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  25. 6.0 |   The Observer

    The band’s fifth album finds them veering towards exquisitely crafted, ornate pop without much in the way of winning hooks
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