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On MGMT’s hugely successful debut, Oracular Spectacular, they declared, “This is our decision, to live fast and to die young.” Luckily they stuck around long enough to produce another deeply satisfying full-length work, one that feels even more expansive, and dare we say more mature than Oracular — and we mean that only in the best way possible. Rather than stuffing it full of easily digested pop baubles, Congratulations brims and bristles with over-the-top prog-rock and psychedelic space oddities (with both of those genres responsible for the audacious “Siberian Breaks”). There are insightful musings on their own success (“Flash Delirium,” “Congratulations”), and loving musical tributes (“Song for Dan Treacy” effectively conjures the troubled Treacy and his work with the Television Personalities; “Brian Eno” is a pinwheeling nod to the great musician, with a slight Bowie flavor). Recorded with Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3, and again with Dave Fridmann at the mixing helm, this work — from clever arrangements to the pointed lyrics — is a stellar step in MGMT’s bold career. Congratulations, all around.

Customer Reviews

Not a patch on their debut

Whereas MGMT's debut, Oracular Spectacular, offered such mellifulous, anthemic and absorbing gems as Time to Pretend, Electric Feel, Kids etc, I was dissapointed with this fairly lifeless affair. This is synth indie pop: surprisingly nonchalant and forgettable. Of course, there will be those that love it - but if you're looking to hear MGMT at their best, I say go back to the beginning.

If You Only Liked Kids And Time To Pretend You're In For A Shock

The new MGMT album is an interesting one, oit drops a lot of the synth based tunes in turn for more matured tracks, if you you are one of those people who just bought the singles you will hate this album with a passion.
If you are a genuine MGMT fan you'll love it...
The highlight of this albu, for me is Brian Eno; is it a horror story, a comedic song or just a homage?
This really gels well as an album but there are very few strong singles on this, and to be honest i think they just wanted to make a great album, not a collection of singles.

like super heroes gone flabby

a mediocre follow up that has poor imitation of the b-52s with ghastly organ on 'dan treacy', cornniness with a dreadful song on 'brian eno' (sub standard sense of humour). Nice ideas executed badly on everything except 'congratulations' and the 12 minute 'siberian breaks' which is where this record should have stayed frozen. There's so much great music out there and this is not it. It's like their whimsy of their debut went to their heads ( 'time to pretend') is what happened here. Truly terrible but not even with the genius of pretence. I really wanted to love this record. Now I just want to put a custard pie in the sony exec who set the standard here. You can judge a book by a dreadful cover 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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