Little Dark Age

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Little Dark Age
MGMT little dark age.jpg
Studio album by MGMT
ReleasedFebruary 9, 2018 (2018-02-09)
RecordedOctober 2016 – June 21, 2017
Studio
Genre
Length44:25
LabelColumbia
Producer
MGMT chronology
MGMT
(2013)
Little Dark Age
(2018)
Singles from Little Dark Age
  1. "Little Dark Age"
    Released: October 17, 2017[4]
  2. "When You Die"
    Released: December 12, 2017
  3. "Hand It Over"
    Released: January 5, 2018
  4. "Me and Michael"
    Released: February 7, 2018

Little Dark Age (abbreviated as LDA[5]) is the fourth studio album by the American rock band MGMT, released on February 9, 2018 through Columbia Records.[6][7] It is the band's first album of new material in five years, after their eponymous third studio album.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic77/100[8]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[9]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[10]
The Guardian4/5 stars[11]
Mojo4/5 stars[12]
NME4/5 stars[13]
The Observer4/5 stars[14]
Pitchfork7.0/10[15]
Q4/5 stars[16]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[17]
Uncut7/10[18]

Little Dark Age received mostly positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 77 based on 24 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews,” and is also the most critically acclaimed album by MGMT on this platform.[8] Writing for NME, Jordan Bassett considered the album to be a return to form for the band after their previous two albums, noting that "if there were a time for an about-return, it was that third record. They'd enjoyed their foray into experimentation, and a self-titled album often indicates a band that’s come back into focus. Here, though, we're treated to an overdue loop back to pop hookiness." Bassett also went on to commend the band's return to pop as a "welcome surprise".[13] Terence Cawley of The Boston Globe expressed a similar view, asserting that the album was "both hooky and eccentric enough to please MGMT fans of all stripes."[19] The Washington Post's Mark Kennedy gave a positive review, stating that "MGMT have once more delivered an off-kilter, challenging and very addictive album."[20]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Andrew VanWyngarden; all music composed by VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser; except where noted.

Little Dark Age[1]
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."She Works Out Too Much"  4:38
2."Little Dark Age"  4:59
3."When You Die"
  • VanWyngarden
  • Goldwasser
  • Pink
4:23
4."Me and Michael"  4:49
5."TSLAMP" 
  • VanWyngarden
  • Goldwasser
  • James Richardson
4:29
6."James"  3:52
7."Days That Got Away" 4:44
8."One Thing Left to Try"  4:20
9."When You're Small"
  • VanWyngarden
  • Goldwasser
  • VanWyngarden
  • Goldwasser
  • Richardson
3:30
10."Hand It Over"  4:14
Total length:44:25

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.[1]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[21] 31
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[22] 23
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[23] 16
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[24] 61
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[25] 29
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[26] 48
French Albums (SNEP)[27] 45
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[28] 22
Greek Albums (IFPI)[29] 22
Irish Albums (IRMA)[30] 36
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[31] 1
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[32] 13
Scottish Albums (OCC)[33] 18
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[34] 40
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[35] 12
UK Albums (OCC)[36] 27
US Billboard 200[37] 35
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[38] 2
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[39] 2

References[edit]

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  10. ^ Kot, Greg (February 9, 2018). "MGMT returns to pop with new twists on 'Little Dark Age'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  11. ^ Petridis, Alexis (February 8, 2018). "MGMT: Little Dark Age review – synthpop pranksters get serious for a change". The Guardian. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
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  14. ^ Mongredien, Phil (February 11, 2018). "MGMT: Little Dark Age review – uneasy pop anthems". The Observer. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
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  17. ^ Dolan, Jon (February 9, 2018). "Review: MGMT Rediscover the Electric Feel for 'Little Dark Age'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
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