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‘Loss of Life’ Album Review

staticwire | April 4, 2024
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MGMT’s newest release, “Loss of Life,” is a kaleidoscopic journey through the annals of psychedelic rock, showcasing the duo’s ability to shapeshift and experiment while staying true to their influences. With nods to bands like Pink Floyd, David Bowie, and Animal Collective, MGMT weaves together a tapestry of sound that is at once nostalgic and forward-thinking.

The album opens with the ethereal track “Loss of Life (Part 2),” setting the tone for what’s to come. The songs are unhurried, allowing for layers of production and ambience to build and evolve. Tracks like “Mother Nature” and “People In The Streets” showcase MGMT’s knack for crafting immersive sonic landscapes, while the duet with Christine and the Queens on “Dancing In Babylon” adds an eerie twist to a schmaltzy ’80s ballad.

Production on “Loss of Life” is top-notch, with executive production by Patrick Wimberly and contributions from Daniel Lopatin. The result is a rich and dense sound that gives each track room to breathe and evolve. However, the album does suffer from overly extended arrangements in the back half, dragging on at times and losing some of its initial energy.

Despite its meandering moments, “Loss of Life” is a testament to MGMT’s ability to blend their influences into something entirely new and unique. From the shimmering guitar tones reminiscent of Oasis to the synth chaos that closes out the album, MGMT proves once again that they are masters of their craft.

In the end, “Loss of Life” may not answer the question “Who is MGMT?,” but it doesn’t need to. The album stands on its own as a sonic journey through the minds of two music nerds who are clearly in it for the love of the art. With its lush production, immersive soundscapes, and nods to classic psychedelic rock, “Loss of Life” is a standout release from a band that continues to defy expectations and push boundaries.

Rating: 8/10

Written by staticwire

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