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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

Singles = great, Album = not so great

Time To Pretend = 5 STARS, amazing song Weekend Wars = 4 STARS, typical latter-single but not the best The Youth = 4 STARS, not a bad song really Electric Feel = 5 STARS, an absolute modern classic Kids = 5 STARS, one of the best songs of the year 4th Dimensional Transition = 2 STARS, inevitably the album takes a turn for the worse Pieces of What = 1 STAR, yeah... exactly... what. Of Moons, Birds & Monsters = 2 STARS solid song, but forgettable. The Handshake = 1 STAR... yawn... the album has died now, all the magic of the first half is gone Future Reflections = 2 STARS. Disappointing ending, no big finish, left me feeling flat. VERDICT: Average Rating is therefore NOT FIVE STARS for the album, but 3.1 STARS OVERALL Albums only deserve 5 stars when every single song is incredible. I love MGMT but I can't say this album stands up after the 5th track finishes.

Innovative, original and fabulous!

Brilliant first album from the NY boys MGMT. Varied and original; this album is a great buy!

Oracular Spectacular is exactly that!!!

Wasnt too sure when i first listened... Kids converted me... Electric feel hooked me... and Time to pretend held me.. The youth convinced me to purchase tix to the concert!!!! Looking forward to that...

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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