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‘Loss of Life’ Album Review

staticwire | April 3, 2024
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MGMT’s newest album, “Loss of Life,” finds the duo exploring their myriad influences and seamlessly blending them into a kaleidoscopic journey through psych-rock, synth-pop, and more. The album showcases the duo’s maturity and reflects their vast musical memories, resulting in a rich and dense sonic experience that captivates listeners from start to finish.

From the swirling guitar tones reminiscent of bands like The Flaming Lips and Animal Collective to the synth arpeggios that evoke the spirit of David Bowie, “Loss of Life” is a masterclass in musical nostalgia done right. MGMT isn’t afraid to wear their influences on their sleeves, yet they manage to infuse their own unique sound and perspective into each track.

Lead single “Mother Nature” stands out with its subtle nods to Oasis, while tracks like “People In The Streets” and “Bubblegum Dog” showcase the band’s ability to effortlessly shift between genres and eras, creating a sound that feels both familiar and fresh at the same time. The collaboration with Christine and the Queens on “Dancing In Babylon” adds another layer of depth to the album, with drum-programming that harkens back to Roxy Music’s “Avalon” era.

The production on “Loss of Life” is lush and layered, allowing each song to breathe and unfold organically. The album’s unhurried pace and immersive ambience draw listeners in, while the intricate arrangements and unexpected twists keep them hooked until the very end. However, some tracks in the back half of the album do tend to drag on a bit too long, losing some of the energy and cohesion established in the first half.

Overall, “Loss of Life” is a stunning addition to MGMT’s discography, showcasing the duo’s versatility and creativity as they continue to push boundaries and defy expectations. With its blend of nostalgia, innovation, and sonic experimentation, this album is sure to resonate with both longtime fans and newcomers alike. On a scale of 0 to 10, I would give “Loss of Life” a solid 8, as it stands out as one of the best albums of the year so far.

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