Friday, 20 September 2013

MGMT - Cool Song No. 2

Single review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk


It was at the end of 2007 that I first heard the original versions of a few songs by some band called MGMT. The recording quality wasn't great, but one song, 'Time To Pretend' was pretty ace. By that point this and the other songs had already been re-recorded and released in the US on their album 'Oracular Spectacular', its UK release the following year made them chart stars. To be fair to the duo, they never asked for this and have repeatedly said that the songs they wrote whilst at college weren't ever expected to be heard by the wider public, let alone become as omnipresent as 'Kids' and co.

It should therefore have been no shock that the follow-up didn't contain radio-ready pop hits, or that the album was aided by Spacemen 3 legend Sonic Boom (who's generally about as uncommercial as you can get). For their self-titled third the band have stayed true to their beliefs and made weird and wonderful music the way they want, not, perhaps, the way the public or record label want. One of the album's more accessible tracks is single 'Cool Song No. 2', and it's almost unrecognisable as being the same band. The song has depth, attention to detail, soul, and a good sprinkling of WTF, plus the production is of a high standard; this is no ramshackle indie nonsense. It's ace, but it's ace for fans of alternative music, so I guess they can kiss goodbye to a few more casual fans but see their reputation as a great band cemented further.



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