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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the indie rock duo of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser was produced with Patrick Wimberly and Dave Fridmann.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 90
    There’s still something fun and interesting to be found in what the band do and Little Dark Age is proof that they’re nowhere near done with inter dimensional meddling.
  2. Feb 15, 2018
    82
    To put it mildly, Little Dark Age isn’t a success story, nor is it a comeback for anyone other than the most nerdish and devoted of us, and it doesn’t matter anyway. This isn’t the best this band has sounded in years, it’s the best they’ve ever sounded.
  3. Feb 8, 2018
    80
    MGMT spikes the formula with just enough outsider charm to milk an album’s worth of inspiration from the tired aesthetic. It’s not going to inspire legions of imitators à la “Oracular Spectacular,” but Little Dark Age should be both hooky and eccentric enough to please MGMT fans of all stripes.
  4. Feb 20, 2018
    80
    With Little Dark Age, the group have perfected the balancing act between the two, and have delivered a project that should please fans on both sides.
  5. Feb 9, 2018
    75
    Little Dark Age does return to some of the “form” of “Oracular Spectacular” with its greater pop accessibility, but it also embraces a less obvious and more intriguing path on several songs.
  6. Feb 9, 2018
    70
    MGMT are back to their roots on Little Dark Age, with concise tunes built from cushy keyboard beats and cute, kiting melodies.
  7. Feb 9, 2018
    50
    There are some sweet moments on Little Dark Age and some stale ones. More often than not, Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser lapse back into a sardonic mode that sounded a whole lot better in 2007 than it does in 2018.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 38
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 38
  3. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Feb 9, 2018
    10
    Their best work yet. The high points on this album are orgasmic and it's blowing me away with every listen.
  2. Feb 9, 2018
    10
    LDA is a defiant right step that MGMT are taking with this Album, in my opinion this is their best album to date.
  3. Nov 13, 2020
    10
    makes my penis pretty harddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd
  4. Feb 11, 2018
    9
    It's experimental music with pop influences
    Songs like Little Dark Age, Me and Micheal, When You Die, She Works Out Too Much, and One Things
    It's experimental music with pop influences
    Songs like Little Dark Age, Me and Micheal, When You Die, She Works Out Too Much, and One Things Left to Try are instantly song that I love. But songs like Days That Got Away, James, and When You're Small are songs that you need to listen with headphones in a dark room after a long day at work, and just vibe out to. TSLAMP and Hand it Over are lyrically superb. It has the perfect middle road of MGMT.
    It doesn't reach the same lyrical scene as Congratulations, it still it a pretty great album
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  5. Apr 3, 2018
    9
    hooks for days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. May 13, 2018
    8
    MGMT successfully take on a new sound with 'Little Dark Age'; their attempt to swim away from the mainstream.
  7. Feb 23, 2018
    7
    Overall a really enjoyable release from MGMT. The production is obviously very smooth and enjoyable throughout, and the quality of the songsOverall a really enjoyable release from MGMT. The production is obviously very smooth and enjoyable throughout, and the quality of the songs is a high point in their often inconsistent discography. There were a couple of songs that didn't do much for me, (i.e." James" & "Me and Michael",) but they didn't hinder the flow of the album and were cancelled out by excellent tunes such as "TSLAMP" & "Days That Got Away." Expand

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