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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.

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If I was at a party with Jesus, Ghandi, Abraham Lincoln and Tony Soprano and they asked me to play some music for them, I'd probably play this.

"Real" MGMT fans are annoying me

I, like many other people I am sure, discovered MGMT with one of their 3 "hit" songs. The first time I heard Electric Feel I was sucked in immediatley. That is just a fantastic song. I bought all of Oracular Spectacular and really thought it was a fantastic album and not just because of Kids, Electric Feel, and Time to Pretend. This album, however, is just different, as it should be and as would be expected. You don't want to make a carbon copy of your first album. But it just doesn't have the same hook to it as Oracular. I don't think it is awful but I also don't think it is great but I will definitely give it time to grow. What is bothering me are all of the psycho fans that seem to be insinuating that if you don't LOVE Congratulations that you are not a true MGMT fan and "don't understand what they are all about." Whether these fans and the band themselves like it or not, Kids, Time to Pretend, and Eletric Feel are part of their catalogue. They wrote the songs, they are fantastic songs and MGMT and the fans should not be afraid of them. These are the songs that got people to listen to all of Oracular Spectacular and fall in love with the band. I'm sure MGMT gets sick of playing these song, many famous bands have their "hit" songs that they get sick of, but to say that if you like those songs you don't really like MGMT is just insulting because even if those songss are poppier than MGMT wants to be they are still stamped with the MGMT sound and I don't think could be produced by any other band. I am looking forward to hearing the new album live when I see them this summer and I'm hoping until then I can fend off the "you just don't get it crowd."

Siberian Breaks

Some of the reviews on here frustrate me. "Kids," "Time to Pretend," and "Electric Feel" are not the songs that most accurately represent MGMT's style. They were popularized as singles, and, yes, a large fan base was developed based on those songs alone. However, MGMT's true sound is better represented by songs such as "Weekend Wars" and "Of Moons, Birds, and Monsters." This album expands upon that style.

MGMT is a psychedelic rock band, not an indie-pop-hipster band. As the band has already explained, those looking for another "Electric Feel" will be quite disappointed. However, if you like the more imaginative and musically complex songs from Oracular Spectacular, Congratulations should please.

I personally am absolutely in love with this album. MGMT is bringing back the spirit of Pink Floyd with these songs. Though I loved Oracular Spectacular, I find this album to be more cohesive, and ultimately better. "Siberian Breaks" is nothing short of brilliant. My only complaint is that Congratulations is too short. It left me wanting much more! Oh well. The 'repeat' setting proves itself highly necessary yet again.


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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