IN the sense that it was intentionally polarising, MGMT’s ‘difficult’ second record Congratulations was an unqualified success.
Released back in 2010, it sold poorly, attracted mixed reviews from critics, and, most importantly, shed unwanted followers who’d spent the past two years haggling for an album of Kids clones.
Clearly harbouring no regrets, the American duo have continued doing things their own way on this follow-up - but that’s not to say it’s more of the same.
There are in fact plenty of hooks loitering in early tracks like Mystery Disease and Introspection, albeit without spawning potential hits.
The latter stages by contrast delve into their most experimental territory yet, and through a combination of sheer weirdness and studio trickery are actually far more interesting.
Unfortunately, while much of their decline can be attributed to commercial suicide, it also owes much to other bands currently playing the same brand of psychedelica - only better. 6/10. AW