On MGMT’s Career Failure

It is clear from MGMT’s self-titled third album that they became increasingly upset and isolated after their second album failed to garner the same attention that their debut album did. Their third album is an outright indictment of society and the music industry. But, frankly, as much as I really appreciated the psychedelic interiority of Congratulations, it was clearly a deliberate deviation from the pop bubble wrapping that they packaged their first psychedelic leanings in. To this end, it is clear that they never really accepted the tenets of populism; it was done begrudgingly to work within “the system.” This philistinism mentality is what ultimately thwarted their potentially meteoric success.


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