Not much to hear here. Girls’ guitarist and some chick team up, release lazy, substanceless music, nobody notices and everyone goes back to their daily lives. Trust me, though, it’s better that way. I enjoy writing bad reviews about as much as I enjoy listening to bad music (and not just because trashing someone else’s hard work makes my heart sad) — it makes me acutely aware of every second ticking slowly down to my eventual demise.
The title Invitation suggests a poor man’s Celebration (MGMT being a hipster-lite Daft Punk), and the impression is basically correct. Echoing tales of a party once told at some other party that the unreliable narrator might never have attended, there isn’t much of real substance. The chorus on the opening track, “Take a Bow,” is set to a synth line so basic in progression it could have been found on a children’s program: “As we go round and round and round/ We go up and down and down/ As well.” (Yes, those are the actual words.) Flaccid melodies plod on predictably, underlined by decent musicianship, and become quick victims of the lyrics in all but a few cases. Even with the help of some inspired moments and the exuberance of its two players, it’s sort of like a washed-out photo, nonspecifically banal.
Read the rest here: Spectrum Culture music review: Dominant Legs – Invitation