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Time to Pretend [Explicit]

Time to Pretend [Explicit]

January 22, 2008
4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Time to Pretend [Explicit]
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MGMT's debut single, "Time To Pretend," starts off a little freaky-deaky, but the opening salvo ("I'm feeling rough, I'm feeling raw, I'm in the prime of my life") gets things kicking in the right direction. The song freshly skewers the rock-star tropes of overnight success, drugs, models, more drugs, regret, and yes, untimely death. The wall-of-distortion background reminds me a little of the Cure and a lot of Curve (or most any noise-pop band, really).
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Who wouldn't like a song about becoming famous, dating lots of models and dying young? That's the rock in roll dream, right? I found this song on Pandora and liked it enough to pay a buck. I guess this would be described as "indie" with some new wave synths added in. The whole song has an atmospheric echo to it with a strong keyboard riff throughout. It's quite catchy.
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This song is constantly played on repeat. Upon the debut in 2005 I was drawn to the psychedelic images coupled with the heavy drum beats, nicely placed keyboard lift from Abbas Dancing queen and the soft hippy like singing of Andrew VanWyngarden. This song has 60s elements beautifully placed all over. I play this song everyday on my way to work. I repeat this song lyric everyday while on my way to my 9 to 5 daydreaming "Yeah its overwhelming but what else can we do get jobs at offices and wake up for the morning commute" Such a fitting verse for the daily grind of life. Their second album Congradulations delivered a song I was drawn to called Someones Missing but their first album will always be my favorite.
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I must admit I prefer MGMT's clearer 2005 version of this song, but this version is brilliant, rocking, and hook-driven as well. This has got to be one of the all-time best songs of rock and roll excess.
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