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‘Loss of Life’ Album Review

staticwire | April 2, 2024
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MGMT’s latest album, “Loss of Life,” presents a kaleidoscopic journey through the band’s vast array of influences and musical memories. The duo of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser have always been known for their genre-hopping and sonic experimentation, and this album is no exception. From the reflective synth-pop of “Little Dark Age” to the sprawling prog-rock of their earlier efforts, MGMT continue to defy categorization and expectation.

One of the standout tracks on the album is “Mother Nature,” which features a bridge that harks back to the glory days of Oasis. This nod to the past is just one of many throughout the album, as MGMT weave in elements of Pink Floyd, David Bowie, the Flaming Lips, and more. The result is a rich tapestry of sound that is both familiar and fresh, nostalgic and innovative.

“Loss of Life” features lush production and layered arrangements, allowing each song to unfold at its own pace. Tracks like “Nothing Changes” and “Dancing In Babylon” showcase MGMT’s ability to build tension and atmosphere, while also experimenting with different sounds and textures. The album’s executive producers, MGMT and Patrick Wimberly, along with additional contributions from Daniel Lopatin, have created a sonic landscape that is both intricate and immersive.

However, the album does have its drawbacks. The back half of the album can feel meandering at times, with extended arrangements that drag on a bit too long. While the band’s willingness to experiment is commendable, it can also lead to moments of aimlessness and fatigue. Despite this, the album’s energy picks back up towards the end, leaving listeners with a sense of resolution and completion.

In the end, “Loss of Life” may not answer the question of who MGMT is, but it certainly showcases the duo’s passion for music-making and their willingness to push boundaries. With its blend of pastiche, homage, and innovation, the album is a testament to MGMT’s unique approach to songwriting and production. Fans of the band’s previous work will find much to enjoy here, while newcomers may be drawn in by the album’s dreamy, genre-defying sound.

On a scale of 0 to 10, I would rate “Loss of Life” a solid 8. The album is a compelling and adventurous addition to MGMT’s discography, showcasing the band’s evolution and growth over the years. While it may not reach the heights of their earlier hits, it cements MGMT’s reputation as pioneers in the realm of psychedelic rock and experimental pop.

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