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Oracular Spectacular

MGMT

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Self-assured, ambitious, and often ingenious, MGMT’s full-length debut is a densely layered, proudly psychedelic delight. The songs are loaded with alluring hooks and lyrical snippets that grab your attention, making them strong enough to stand up to the bold (mostly synthesized) aural choices made by producer Dave Fridmann (of Flaming Lips fame). On “Time to Pretend,” featured in the movie 21, the bright, grand sounds obscure the bleak, desperate lyrics, as if desperation is worth celebration. (And who’s to say it’s not?) The David Bowie influence is pronounced in spots, from the woozy, vaguely orchestral art-rock of “The Youth” to the ‘70s-style “plastic soul” of “Electric Feel” to the ‘80s-style dance electronics of “Kids.” On the spooky, wobbling, remarkable “The Handshake,” they intone, “We got the handshake under our tongue,” like some sort of cult leaders. Fridmann’s skillful touch, spot-on sequencing, and a distinctive MGMT sparkle help tie together these stylistic adventures. From Satanic-era Stones and T.Rex through Modest Mouse and the Lips, MGMT’s colorful debut is a dazzling trip through 40 years of psychedelic pop — with a deadpan delivery that can only be described as 21st century.

Customer Reviews

siiiiick cd

electric feel is the greatest song ever to be heard by human ears. i am glad that mgmt has graced us with their godly music

First review, but had to for this one

After years on iTunes, this is the first time I've been moved to review an album. The album is just what it says it is - a spectacular array or layers of sound. If you've only heard Electric Feel or Kids, try checking out The Youth, The Handshake or Weekend Wars as well, each of which have a different, less electronic sound to them, but still bring something new to the table each time you listen. In a year of lackluster albums (to this point), Oracular Spectacular is easily the best out there, and it's a shame that the full release won't happen until 2008.

Is It Possible to Hear Greater Music?

NO. Unfortunately for other artists, MGMT has stolen the hearts of all people who know what good music is. I am blown away by the complexity and utter awesomeness of their songs. Electric Feel? – try electric ingenuity. Love Always Remains? - Completely epic. Kids? - most played song on my itunes. Does anyone else head bob to the music in your head hours after listening? Does anyone else bow down to the Gods of music? Does anyone else just love the words “Oracular Spectacular?” That is proof enough that MGMT might just be the best band alive. If I could rate it on my own scale of one to five stars I would give it * * * * * * * * * * * (that’s eleven stars by the way). I can die and rest in peace now, knowing that good music truly does exist.

Biography

Formed: 2002 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Finding an unlikely middle point between Suicide's hostile, proto-electro punk art noise and the sardonic, pop-friendly sound of the Flaming Lips, MGMT started as electroclash musical terrorists but quickly grew into an eclectic, brainy pop group with psychedelic overtones. MGMT first formed in 2002, during Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Van Wyngarden's freshman year as art students at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. The band was initially known as the Management, and its shows consisted...
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