Oracular Spectacular

Oracular Spectacular

by MGMT
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Oracular Spectacular

When MGMT were asked by their record label for a list of their dream producers, with low expectations they sarcastically replied: Prince, Nigel Godrich, Barack Obama, and "not Sheryl Crow." Columbia returned with Dave Fridmann, the producer extraordinaire best known for his work with Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev. In typical Fridmann fashion, Oracular Spectacular is a glamorous mega-production through and through. Drums are massively distorted and shimmering keyboards are articulately layered as he takes the reins, leading the duo through his daisy chain of onboard compressors, delay units, and whatever other mysterious studio gizmos and gadgets he uses to get his trademark sound. Expectedly, the 14-karat polish enhances MGMT's blend of psychedelic and indie-electro to a shiny sonic gleam, resulting in some of the catchiest pop songs to come from N.Y.C. since the turn of the millennium. The tunes sound classic and new all at once, paying homage to Bowie, the Kinks, and the Stones, while updating traditional progressions with flashes of Royal Trux, Ween, and LCD Soundsystem. It's a wonderful mess of musical ideas, ranging from the dancy disco thump and Bee Gees falsetto of "Electric Feel" to the gritty acoustic-based "Pieces of What," to the grimy synth groove on the anthemic "Time to Pretend." With tongues planted firmly in cheeks, sardonic wit is as abundant as Andrew Van Wyngarden and Ben Goldwasser spoof the stereotypical rock & roll lifestyle with lines like "Lets make some music, make some money, find some models for wives/I'll go to Paris take some heroin and fuck with the stars." Despite the ever-present irony, the songs never feel insincere and the record is inherently strong throughout, making it a solid start to their career.

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Release Date: 01/22/2008
Label: Sony
UPC: 0886971951226
catalogNumber: 719512
Rank: 8278

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All I can say is, GET READY because MGMT is going to take over the music scene. Wonderful, I wish I could never stop listening to them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i had one of the most intense spiritual moments of my life listening to this album. the song 'electric feel' was vibing in the car and i looked out the window and saw the moon in the sky, and i was just in awe. MGMT brings nature and wonderment to a tangible and magical place. i felt like the moon was pouring down on me. it was beautiful. the entire cd is inspirational in that way. you get the sense that MGMT isn't really from 'here'. the lyricism, music, and mood is simply otherworldly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
MGMT's debut album is a solid addition to the expanding genre of indie pop and dance. The duo's songs contain fuzzy layers of guitars, electronic beats and synth lines, and touches of styles ranging from punk to disco to psychadelic. Accessible yet off the wall, this is album shows promise for what MGMT can produce next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is probably my favorite album of all time. Every single track is different from the other, and theyare all masterpieces. I would call there genre Physcadelic/Pop. Fantastic album.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Immediately I fell in love with Electric Feel. A long while later, I went onto YouTube to find the rest of their songs, and was mesmerized with the rest of the album. The entire album is a masterpiece, and completely original. With songs like "4th Dimensional Transition", they add a bit of middle-eastern sound. Then there's "Of Moons, Birds, & Monsters", with the over 2 minute music solo, that is so catchy, that's the only part that stays in your brain. Though my personal favorite is "Future Reflections" and "Weekend Wars", the entire album is inspirational.
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