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MGMT - 'Alien Days'
A weird and kind of wonderful return
The frustration often caused by MGMT’s stranger forays isn’t to do with their lack of commercial chirp, but that the pair’s psych-tinged, noodling tendencies often take on the un-filtered, meandering quality of throwing a shitload of paint at a wall and seeing what sticks. Here, however, amidst the paisley haze and sprawling structure ('Alien Days' clocks in around the six-minute mark) we get glimpses of greatness - not least in the half-spoken, sci-fi intro that slots somewhere in the realm of early Pink Floyd soundtracking the end of The Rocky Horror Show. A weird and kind of wonderful return.
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