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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.

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Oracular Spectacular

I couldn't come up with any headline... I'm pretty sure that later I'll think this is a five star album but for now (after one whole listen :)) I'll give it four. "Time to Pretend", amazing, can't stop humming and singing that song. I guess "Electric Feel" and "Kids" are singles as well but I can't help but to say that they really are the highlights along with the opening track. "Electric Feel" makes me FEEL :) very summerey... In "Weekend Wars" VanWyngarden or Goldwasser, I don't know which one is the singer, really sounds like Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters. I don't mind, I really like them too.

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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