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MGMT's new album shows it can still keep music world guessing

MGMT's new album shows it can still keep music world guessing

The creation story behind "Astro-Mancy," MGMT's rhythmic freakout on its self-titled new album, is instructive when considering the duo's oblong output over the years. A band best known for its string of genre-defying dance-pop hits of 2008, "Time to Pretend," "Kids" and "Electric Feel," MGMT has since its rise succeeded in upending expectations — sometimes in mystifying ways.

Despite the whirling rhythms and psychedelic electronic noise rolling within, "Astro-Mancy" was born of a failed attempt to rein it in a bit. Which perhaps makes sense. The last album, "Congratulations," was an odd, angular affair, at least...

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