Billed as commercial suicide, MGMT's second album takes a sharp turn away from the irresistible singles of their debut and into a mannered paisley whorl. This is an album of meandering psychaedelia, curated by a series of band heroes (production by Sonic Boom, backing vocals by Jennifer Herrema). But the world-conquering Brooklyn duo have not abandoned pop, as some slyly nagging songs attest. "Someone's Missing" has the kind of chorus that festival crowds can grasp, while the compelling "I Found a Whistle" will still command swaying glowsticks to the vertical.
Kitty Empire is the Observer's pop critic. She has written for NME and occasionally crops up on Radio 4, 5Live, BBC 6Music, and has appeared on BBC2's The Culture Show and Newsnight Review. @kittyempire666