Magazine article The Spectator

The Listener: MGMT's Little Dark Age

Magazine article The Spectator

The Listener: MGMT's Little Dark Age

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Grade: B

Horrific memory, flooding back, halfway through the track 'TSLAMP' (Time Spent Looking at My Phone). It was the nastily burbling bass guitar that did it. I had been wondering what I was listening to and then it dawned -- a Level 42 tribute band. Naffer than T'Pau. Whitey does bland, tuneless funk. And this from a duo who were once so effortlessly cool. But then the rest of the album similarly pillages that godawful decade: 'One Thing Left To Try', which is at least tuneful, brings to mind Tears for Fears. Elsewhere it's Japan, the Human League and A Flock of Seagulls.

Why do you like the 1980s so much, you sweet and tender young lefties? It was eight years of Reagan and one of Bush Snr. Really you should hate them. There was a cute marginal band back then called Pop Will Eat Itself: never was a group more presciently named. …

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