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|Ben Goldwasser||Organ, Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Omnichord|
|Andrew VanWyngarden||Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Vocals, Electric Sitar|
|Will Berman||Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Vocals|
|Matt Asti||Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals|
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|Anthony Ausgang||Cover Painting|
|Andrew VanWyngarden||Composer, Lyricist|
|Matt Asti||Field Recording|
Posted October 1, 2010
I couldn't name you one track off MGMT's first album, because I've never had any desire to give it a whirl, but after my friends continuously played "Congratulations" on repeat, I knew I would do the same if I purchased my own copy. The production on this album is not orginial by any means, and I did not disagree with my dad who called it "pretentiously psychedelic", but hey, I like what I hear. The limited edition version features a cover that can be scratched at (use the coin that is included to do so) to reveal an entirely different cover. I've yet to scratch at mine, but after carrying it around in my purse for a while, it got little knicks on it's own and I'm starting to make out a black and white image. Tracks 1, 6 and 9 are my faves!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
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Here we have one of the best examples of a couple of guys who made some extremely fun music, got recognized for it, and then said, "Oh! No... actually that was just us fooling around. THIS is what we sound like." Unfortunately, most MGMT fans will not hear this uttered and will instead come running for "Kids Pt. 2" and "Time to Pretend Again." Well. This album sounds absolutely nothing like those anthemic songs that were blasted over airwaves day in and day out. These guys have attempted to create an LP where no one song eclipses another. And they have certainly succeeded. This album is literally devoid of any standout songs... and this may actually be what's wrong (and right) with it. It does beg you to continue listening after each song but... sometimes you find yourself just wanting a catchy song. It just seems like this is the "experimental record" 1 or 2 albums early. But once you get past the lack of hooks this album shows off the skills of the two guys behind MGMT... and you realize that this album really isn't too far off from some of the lesser-known songs of Oracular Spectacular. Even though the entire album feels like a well-grouped compilation of OS b-sides, everything is held to the same standards and there's nothing that feels like it was rushed. And this is what saves the album. There's some real creative songwriting here and it shouldn't go unnoticed. Even though there will always be a group of disappointed fans screaming "Kids!!" at their concerts, you can't dismiss the fact that these guys have talent. Here on Congratulations, sometimes it works in their favor, sometimes it doesn't.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 25, 2010
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