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The ranch dressing of music blogs by Brady Gerber.

MGMT on Bandcamp.

Rating: 2.5 out of 4.

MGMT might have my song of the 21st century with “Time to Pretend.” I could write a book about that song; maybe I will one day. But even I am burned out by all my music critic colleagues who can’t think of anything more interesting to say about MGMT other than Congratulations is underrated. I used to be boring too. Congratulations came out 14 years ago. It’s fine. So is “Dancing In Babylon.” So is Loss Of Life. When was the last time druggy and psychedelia pop-rock sounded more interesting than a GAP commercial? At least MGMT isn’t pretending to be edgy. I just ask that they seem interested in their own music. Christine and the Queens, who is a fine artist, makes me wish I was listening to actual ’80s music rather than modern indie rock’s endless death march toward sucking the life out of misremembered ’80s nostalgia.

-Brady Gerber

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