I must admit from the very start that I had never heard of MGMT before I received this CD, I listened to it several times and I must say it is creative and the harmonies are very good. The sounds are, as they say, "far out"--so far out that am afraid that they did not really do much for me. I had difficulty recognizing instruments and it seemed like the album suffered from over production. The sound is quite dramatic and the music is layered, perhaps overly so. I also felt that I had heard some of the sounds before but I can't name or remember where. It is creative but that does not mean it is for everyone and quite honestly, it did nothing for me.
It took me a while of listening to their CD to gain enough composure to write a review. The songs are somewhat chaotic and random, and it's quite hard to sum it up. It's pretty apparent that this band builds upon many different influences. The thing I love most about them is their use of electronica/synth. You don't see that much anymore in today's musical landscape, so it's a welcome surprise to hear it... and they use it very well. They use it for a psychedelic purpose which works in their favor … more
MGMT have released an album of some instrumentally impressive production... lots of retro psychedelic rock touches combined with modern synth loops and electronic bass and percussion with split channel effects. Time To Pretend and Kids are a couple very energetic tunes with good beats and basslines for club dancing. There are also some good funk influences on this album. The Youth comes off as a modern hippie-ish anthem, and actually has some of the better vocals on the album - there's actually … more
The termOracular Spectacularmight not mean much, if anything, at all--it's essentially nonsensical--but that doesn't stop it feeling exactlyright. Here is a band that treats dizzy cross-eyed awe and a vast bounding sense of sonic weightlessness as their yardstick, jostling to surpass themselves on a track-by-track basis and aiming for the musical equivalent of performing somersaults in tye-dye t-shirts off the rings of Jupiter. MGMT seemingly submit this debut album as an application to acquire and even supersede The Flaming Lips' previously uncontested mantle as spiritual leaders of over-sized Technicolor psychedelic-indie with a soul, weird but not so weird that swelling crowds and even flirtations with the charts aren't a foregone conclusion. "Time to Pretend" opens and sets a tone for the record, producer David Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev) providing a familiar expanse for them to riff across with bull's-eye synths, massive drums and their twist on the template--retro 80s electro and abstract shapes, see Suicide and the Talking Heads for reference. "The Youth" is centred around a hypnotically looping refrain that recalls Pink Floyd and David Bowie, as interpreted by a mellow Secret Machines and the brilliant "Pieces of What" is Ryan Adams spinning through cosmos with classic Neil Young on his headphones. "Future Reflections" meanwhile stand on its hands on a line somewhere in-between XTC and Ween. Thrillingly eclectic, endlessly colourful and never predictable. ...