MGMT (album)

Studio album by MGMT
Released September 17, 2013
Recorded February 2012 – March 2013
Length 44:10[2]
Label Columbia
MGMT chronology
Late Night Tales: MGMT
Singles from MGMT
  1. "Alien Days"
    Released: April 20, 2013
  2. "Your Life is a Lie"
    Released: August 5, 2013
  3. "Cool Song No. 2"
    Released: September 17, 2013

MGMT is the eponymous third studio album by the American rock band MGMT, released on September 17, 2013 by Columbia Records.


On September 27, 2010, an interview article in Spin quoted MGMT as saying that they would have less freedom on this album, claiming that Columbia Records was not happy with the reception of the band's second album Congratulations. MGMT later denied these statements in an email to Pitchfork, who cited the article on their own site as a side note to a different story, stating that they were not "even close to starting the process of making a new album," that "label-relations are currently quite friendly," and finally telling readers "Don't believe everything that you read (even on"[3]

In an interview with American Songwriter published on November 8, 2010, VanWyngarden and Goldwasser said their third album will be self-titled, and that "usually if we say something and it gets published, we stick to it. That's what happened with Congratulations." Regarding the content of the album, Goldwasser said “Something that’d be fun to do is have a decent number of songs on the album that can easily be extended or have sections that could turn into a really trance-y, repetitive thing live.”[4]

When in Argentina to perform on January 22, 2011,[5] [6] they told Rocktails they have worked on some sounds but that there are no clear ideas yet.[7]

On February 28, 2011, they told Coup de Main magazine that they will be on tour until April, when they will begin work on demos for the third album.[8] On January 26, 2012 MGMT confirmed in an interview with Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers in the inaugural issue of Intercourse Magazine that they had started work on the album. VanWyngarden stated that he has written five songs, inspired by R.E.M..[9] On February 27, the band began recording the album at Tarbox Road Studios with producer Dave Fridmann.[10]

On March 1, Andrew VanWyngarden revealed in an interview that they will perform new songs on their upcoming shows in Argentina, Chile, México, Colombia, Brazil and Puerto Rico.[11] On March 30, the band premiered a new song, "Alien Days", at a show in Bogotá, Colombia.[12] at the Festival Estereo Picnic. The song was also played at the following shows in Latin America. On August 3, Andrew VanWyngarden told "The Morning Call" that their new album was "too good not to talk about". He said he was enjoying it, it sounds close to Congratulations, and they're "making good songs".[13]

On January 29, 2013, the band told Rolling Stone that they "are not trying to make music that everyone understands the first time they hear it." They also confirmed that a song entitled "Mystery Disease" and a cover of Faine Jade's 1968 track "Introspection" will be included on the album.[14] On March 4, 2013 MGMT released information about their 2013 tour that started April 26 and ended on May 18.[15] On March 6, 2013 MGMT's producer Dave Fridmann stated on his website that the album was about to be finished.[16]

On June 9, the band confirmed on their official Twitter account that they were going to finish the album cover later that day.[17] On June 10, Dave Fridmann updated his website with the news that the album could be out sometime in August.[18] On June 25, MGMT revealed via their website that the album is due for release on September 17, 2013.[19] The band confirmed via Twitter that their new video for "Your Life Is a Lie" will come out on August 5, and it's accompanied with an interactive kaleidoscopic video embedded on their official website.[20] MGMT released their full album "MGMT" prematurely via Twitter on September 9 saying they had a "surprise". Days before its official release, was made pre-release of the album in the service Rdio on September 9, 2013.[21]


The album's cover photograph was taken outside Stylz Unlimited in Dunkirk, NY near Fredonia, NY, where the album was recorded.[22]


On March 22, 2013 the Record Store Day release was confirmed to be a cassette tape containing the studio version of "Alien Days" and was made available on April 20.[23] Its video was released on 31 October 2013, and was directed by indie director Sam Fleischner. The first video released from the album was for the track "Your Life Is a Lie", which was directed by Tom Kuntz, and was released on August 5, 2013.

The album features a variety of unique visual elements to accompany and illuminate the music via "The Optimizer", which provides listeners a simultaneously aural and optical listening experience featuring video and CGI work, and is available as part of an enhanced album package on all commercial formats.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic [25]
Alternative Press[26]
The A.V. ClubD[27]
Consequence of SoundD[28]
NME8/10 [29]
Slant Magazine [30]
Pitchfork Media6.2/10[32]

According to review aggregator website Metacritic, the album received an average critic review score of 62/100, based on 32 reviews, indicating generally favorable reviews.[24] Mike Usinger of Alternative Press said of the album, "Beyond weird? Yes, but in the best, most deliciously mind-bending of ways."[26] Tom Pinnock of NME gave the album an 8/10, saying, "MGMT might be a comfortable journey at times, but it's also a transcendental one you've never been on before. Forget the shareholders – it's time for us to give MGMT a proper chance, on their own terms."[29] Spin, however, called it a "confused, confusing album," and that it will "leave you as confused as they seem to be."

Track listing

All lyrics written by Andrew VanWyngarden; all music composed by Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser except where listed.

No. Title Length
1. "Alien Days"   5:09
2. "Cool Song No. 2"   4:01
3. "Mystery Disease"   4:08
4. "Introspection" (Faine Jade cover) 4:22
5. "Your Life Is a Lie"   2:06
6. "A Good Sadness"   4:48
7. "Astro-Mancy"   5:11
8. "I Love You Too, Death"   5:50
9. "Plenty of Girls in the Sea"   3:04
10. "An Orphan of Fortune"   5:31
Total length:


Charts (2013) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[34] 31
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[35] 29
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[36] 28
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[37] 29
French Albums (SNEP)[38] 26
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[39] 44
Irish Albums (IRMA)[40] 29
Italian Albums (FIMI)[41] 79
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[42] 65
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[43] 15
UK Albums (OCC)[44] 45
US Billboard 200[45] 14
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[46] 2




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