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(The Third MGMT Album)

Andrew VanWyngarden
Ben Goldwasser

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Had Andrew and Ben not agreed (probably with a smirk) long ago that, should their ever-evolving musical collaboration called MGMT reach the crucial Third Record Threshold, they'd make that milestone eponymous, MGMT (the album) might well have been called something like Step Into The Club - ... Read more in Amazon's MGMT Store

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  • Audio CD (12 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • ASIN: B0037W68F4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

There is a stock interview quote given by artists following up a wildly successful album, explaining the new direction they’ve taken.

“It would have been so easy for us to write another (insert name of hit record),” they say, “but that doesn’t interest us.”

The truth is, though, that it’s anything but easy to reproduce the formula of a successful album. That is especially true for the men who are expected to emulate the effortless pop charms of MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular. After the whirlwind of attention they received off the back of it, Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser are evidently no longer the same happy-go-lucky duo that dreamt up the goofy keyboard hooks that made Time to Pretend and Kids so irresistible. So on Congratulations they haven’t even tried to write any hits, taking refuge in druggy experimentalism.

Opinion is sure to be divided as to whether that represents bravery or cowardice. They’ve certainly woven a dizzying tapestry of tunes. The stop-start tempo, wrong-footing chord changes and childlike vocals of It’s Working set the trippy template and the wired, Wurlitzer-filled Song For Dan Treacy gives off heavy whiffs of 60s British acid pop, even if the likeable Syd Barrett-isms are offset by echoes of Spinal Tap’s (Listen to the) Flower People.

Such wilful wackiness would work better if it was sandwiched, like the more outré moments of Oracular Spectacular, between more accessible riffs and hooks, but they offer such vulgar pleasures with tantalising irregularity. Someone’s Missing briefly breaks into a soulful falsetto chorus but then fades out before it can take up residence in our heads. Likewise, the initial mellow meanderings of Siberian Breaks build into a gorgeous melodic swell, but it only appears once within a 12-minute prog-pop sprawl. Flash Delirium also features slivers of delightfully frazzled surrealist pop, but any fans hoping for more indie anthems and festival sing-alongs are going to be sorely disappointed.

Still, you sense MGMT won’t be too bothered. The in-jokey psych-punk ditty Brian Eno is more evidence that they’re not really aiming to entertain anyone but themselves. And what emerges from such silliness is the pleasing sense that the duo had a blast making this record. Listening to it is also fun at times, but just as often it’s damned hard work. --Johnny Sharp

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychadelic Dream 30 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
This album will disappoint a lot of people. Gone are the hit singles, simple melodies, standard song structures, and in are sonic experiments, unpredictable songs, and psychedelia. To say it's a complete departure is I think to have missed many of the undertones of the first album, but it is still a departure.

While many of the vocal melodies are still subtly poppy, the musical background has become a woozy landscape, drenched in very non-commercial psychedelic sounds and production. Actually, it's very reminiscent of the best of experimental 60's psychedelia - 'West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band,' and 'The United States Of America' spring to mind as much as modern psychedelic-pop bands like 'The Flaming Lips' when listening to it. They really have dispensed with the big radio singles (as they said they were going to, and as other reviews here complain about), which is commercial suicide, but that's more than ok with me when they make the music this beautifully detached. It also obliterates the arguments of those who criticised the first album for being simply repetitive, 2-dimensional and irritating. While I really liked the first album I also found it patchy, largely got old quite quickly, and I ultimately stopped listening to it after a few months, feeling as though i'd already exhausted it. However, this album feels like a journey. There's not a bad song on it, and it's grown on me more with every listen. While i'll only ever re-play the odd track on Oracular Spectacular, I think that I may end up playing this album for some time to come, as it offers so much more!

Those who loved the indie-club friendly melodies will be disappointed, but this is an album which should be compared with the likes of The Flaming Lips rather than Lady Gaga, and for me that is no bad thing.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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It's funny really, there appear to be two schools of thought with this record. On the one hand you kinda have the 'how dare they!' and on the other you get the 'why shouldn't they?'. I'm definitely in the latter but worryingly a recent quote from Friendly Fires (last year's next big thing the year before) has them espousing the desire 'not to do an MGMT' with their next record. Huh? I think this sums up just how media and fan friendly (or scared) bands seem to either want to or feel the need to be these days. After the high (or low) watermark of Britpop where indie went seriously overground, the nature of the 'genre' seems more to be about chart positions, sales and dancefloor kudos. The (in some places) terrible backlash against MGMT for reviving a seemingly outdated attitude - that the artist ought to be able to expand, develop and creatively explore - is clear proof of this. Is this really a new thing though?
In a commercially dominant music industry, it's hardly unsurprising but it's not necessarily symptomatic of the major label 'shop or drop' control of the contemporary indie scene. In scarily similar circumstances, Capitol Records failed to promote Pet Sounds, seeing it as too far from the Beach Boys surf-pop formula to be a viable product. Hence it didn't chart in the US. Elektra records signed Arthur Lee & Love as a folk-rock risk that paid off, but ultimately shook their heads in dismay at the expansive and introspective Forever Changes, throwing their weight behind recent signings (at Arthur's behest) The Doors - a good looking frontman and chart friendly psychedelia seeming the better bet here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly crafted 17 May 2010
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This is a sublime offering from MGMT. It takes two or three listens to really get into your psyche, but is more than worth the perciverance. The choruses are as good as anything on the fist album...but this album offers much more depth. Very clever song structures, tempo and key changes galore. Its beautifully, subtle layers reward the listener at every turn. This album will stand out amidst anyones collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Working 10 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
There have been some mixed reviews of this album, and I can only assume that those giving it one star because it doesn't sound like Oracular Spectacular never got past the singles and really listened to the rest of that album. Certainly OS was a very tough act to follow, and easily one of my favourite ten albums from over 30 years of music listening. But while Congratulations groans under the weight of expectation of following one of the great debut albums, MGMT seem to have got on with doing what they do best, which is to follow their own direction and instincts without worrying about whether it will please everyone, and that seems to have stood them in good stead so far.

Much like their first album, this contains songs which are an exhilarating hit as son as you hear them, (It's Working is a great opener with its irresistible verses, de facto single Flash Delirium is an adrenaline rush, two acoustic guitar-lead tracks Someone's Missing and I Found a Whistle are in a similar vein to Pieces of What), but much of the rest of the album is less obvious. Siberian Breaks clocks in at 12 minutes and seems to have been too much for some. But it plays like a collection of short songs segued together into a mini song suite, and expands the experimentation and linear structure of the songs at the end of OS, which start in one place and finish in another without the usual verse/chorus structure. From the first five or so listens I feel the album starts to peter out a bit after that, Brian Eno is quirky rather than psychedelic, and the last two tracks slip by without leaving a big impression, which seems a let-down after the compellingly strong sequence that ends OS.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound, but not as good as first one,
Oracular Spectacular was a product of years of experimentation.
This sequel doesn't grab you though. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Caillin Bowles
4.0 out of 5 stars Electronic + vocals
Less 'hooky' than Oracular Spectacular but has some interesting bits. Engaging vocal style and modern instrumental techniques make one optimistic for their next offering.
Published 11 months ago by C. Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb.
MGMT it would seem, have had a break through. This album is fantastic. I had heard previous songs on the radio or internet, but this album I actually shelled out for. Read more
Published 19 months ago by dylbobaggins
5.0 out of 5 stars Mgmt
Wow I can't believe some of the neg comments on here as I adore this record but then mgmt and sonic boom were never gonna do it the average way. Big up to all involved. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mrs. Katherine Jane Gibson
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost their way a little
I have no issue when bands decide to make a change in their style. I must admit I didn't realise how big a leap MGMT had made when I bought this, I saw it cheap on marketplace and... Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2011 by RickJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I love this band anyhow.

It was my soundtrack of the summer last year as I played it a lot and has a great retro feel to it. Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by Regular User
5.0 out of 5 stars Took a while...
Bought this a year ago, stuck it on and was profoundly disappointed by the lack of singles and it went to the back of the pile. Read more
Published on 10 July 2011 by C. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic Masterpiece
Words fail me .... Thousands (yes thousands) of CD's + vinyl into my music collecting career/vocation/obsession and I find this. Utterly sublime work of genius. Read more
Published on 6 July 2011 by Ianham
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative overload
This album is wonderful, majestic, beautiful, strange. Above the stunningly complex and detailed production, clear as a bell we can hear the oddest lyrics, completely defying... Read more
Published on 23 April 2011 by J. Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected but better for it.
I think this is a very brave album. It is good to see that some bands care about the music and music only. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2011 by Kevin N. Strange
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