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Editors’ Notes

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

Congratulations: Even More Oracular Spectacular!

The follow up to their 2008 debut Oracular Spectacular was a much-awaited one and after many listens it became obvious that they were not deterred by their sudden rise to prominence in the mainstream market – something they didn’t originally cater for. Yet tracks like “Kids,” “Electric Feel” and “Time to Pretend” became instant hits due to their hyped radio airplay.

Despite their mainstream appeal however, MGMT continued with their original and unique formula: joyous melodies, varied instruments and trippy soundscapes combine to provide another LP designed to be enjoyed as a whole. It’s clear that Congratulations isn’t deliberately catering for radio single popularity, if anything it seems to avoid it.

By far the most outstanding track is titled “Lady Dada’s Nightmare,” an entirely instrumentally-based track that incorporates wonderfully rich and atmospheric environments, reminiscent of much of Brian Eno’s early work. Ironically, the song “Brian Eno” precedes this and incorporates gentle, smooth piano jazz. When venturing into “Siberian Breaks,” they boast a generous 12 minute offering similar to that of their memorable “Metanoia.”

“Flash Delirium”, the album’s lead track, sporadically varies in melody and sound, intertwined in such a way that provides both a gentle reminder of MGMT’s roots and their musical maturation, particularly in the fitting closing of the LP, “Congratulations” and “Someone’s Missing,” in which a Jackson 5 “I Want You Back” throwback is heard.

In essence, Congratulations almost seems to serve as a delicious meal, one that smoothly flows and provides complementing variation, producing a palette of flavours that simply blow your mind.

- Asad Naseem (Craccum Magazine; Issue #6, April 19th, 2010)

disappointing is an understatement

this is absolute garbage. only decent song is flash delirium

great album

this is a great album, its not the kind of music you would usually hear but its catchy and hip it would be im my top ten albums but maybe not number one. if you like ctachy tunes this album is for you


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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