I wasn't bothered by the heady art-rock zag MGMT took on its sophomore effort, Congratulations
. "Kids," from MGMT's surprise-hit, 2007 synth-pop debut, Oracular Spectacular
, is probably still the group's best song, but Congratulations
is weirder, richer and braver, and three years later it sounds better than the debut. That said, the group has a new self-titled record out later this month, and one of the first singles, "Your Life Is a Lie
," is so bizarre, tuneless and juvenile that it's almost impossible to defend. But I'm holding out hope, and this Grinders show should be instructive in regard to what the rest of the album holds.
Saturday, September 7, at Crossroads KC at Grinders. With Black Bananas and Kuroma. $35.