MGMT, ‘Hand it Over’ | Track Review
Alternative duo MGMT nails it on “Hand it Over,” their first new single of 2018. “Hand it Over” marks the third single released in advance of their highly-anticipated fourth studio album.
“The smart ones exit early / And the rest hope for a shoulder.” “Hand it Over,” the first new single from alternative duo MGMT in 2018, checks off all boxes in regards to being a ‘MGMT record.’ The always interesting Andrew Vanwyngarden delivers chill, easy-going vocals. Even with such a laid-back approach, he still packs a punch with his beautiful tone, particularly as he casually sneaks in an unexpected f-bomb early on.
“The deals we made to shake things up / And the rights that they abused / Might just fuck us over / But the doors won’t shut.”
Accentuating his own accomplished performance, not to mention the beauty of the record as a whole, are choral backing vocals, responding spiritedly with the titular lyric. This occurs during the chorus sections, which are back to back at the end of the song.
“This time (Hand it over) / It’s yours and it’s mine (Hand it over) / One thing on my mind (Hand it over) / It’s rightfully mine (Hand it over).”
Beyond the epic choruses, the songwriting is well-rounded – thoughtful by all means. Musically, the harmonic progression incorporates some clever twists and turns. The production definitely fits the mold of MGMT. It’s lush, with a dash of psychedelia delivered primarily through the synths. This successfully captures the free-spirited vibe of the 60s.
All in all, MGMT strike gold with this lovely ballad. “Hand it Over” is relaxed, yet potent, particularly when the chorus arrives. The record isn’t devoid of allure or oomph. It’s captivating from the tip-off.