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Oracular Spectacular [Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics]

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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 (10 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: SonyBMG
  • ASIN: B0010VD7EO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 879 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Time To Pretend
2. Weekend Wars
3. The Youth
4. Electric Feel
5. Kids
6. 4th Dimensional Transition
7. Pieces of What
8. "Of Moons, Birds & Monsters"
9. The Handshake
10. Future Reflections
11. Electric Feel
12. Tour photo album
13. Photos from the ôTime to Pretendö video shoot

Product Description

The term Oracular Spectacular might not mean much, if anything, at all--it's essentially nonsensical--but that doesn't stop it feeling exactly right. 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. It's all a bit ridiculous, but indeed spectacularly so. --James Berry

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The critically-acclaimed debut album from the New York synth rock duo. The record was produced by former Mercury Rev bassist and drummer Dave Fridmann and includes the UK Top 40 singles 'Time to Pretend', 'Electric Feel' and 'Kids'.

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'we've got the vision, now let's have some fun' 12 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
Along with Vampire Weekend MGMT have been garnering plenty of praise and column inches for their debut album Oracular Spectacular. The music press seems to have it all sewn up at the moment, we're told at the beginning of the year which bands are going to be big and we dutifully go out and buy the albums and hey presto they're big (until the second album comes along usually) so do MGMT measure up?

Well the album gets off to a thumping start. Time to Pretend with its heavy synths and drums makes their intentions clear: to live fast and die young, 'Let's make some music/Make some money/Get some models for wives'. It's not just hedonistic excess though. The Youth is a call to arms filled with optimism about change which brings in strings to its arm waving chorus. As a Prince fan I was very pleased to hear his influence all over the funky Electric Feel.

The rest of the album is soaked in 1970's influences like Bowie, The Rolling Stones, prog rock and lots of others that I'm far too young to name accurately so your enjoyment of this album may depend on how much you liked them the first time around. Produced by Mercury Rev's Dave Fridmann it has a wide soundscape filled with warmth and depth. But most importantly it is filled with invention, humour and the vigour of youth ( having seem them on telly the other day they look about 15 years old, god I'm getting old).
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Quality! Machine Gun Mountain! 10 April 2008
By William J. Walker VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What is it with all these four star reviews?
Shame on you. Unclog your ears and you'll see that if there is any justice at all these guys will be the Strokes/Franz Ferdinand of 2008 because they are better than either of them.
Unlike many other 'hot new things' these guys more than justify any attendant hype.

I saw them on 'Later' and ordered the album the next day. I hoped it would be good but didn't expect it to be this good. This is the first band in a while that truly manage to produce perfect pop and remain effortlessly cool. As other reviewers have stated, there are slew of discernible influences in their music, if you choose to go looking for them, but no particular artist or era stands out as a primary source.

This is that rare thing an album of potent musical quality that provides instantly catchy but durable pop music(I loved this album from the start and it's still getting better with every play).If you like music you should own this already.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Management have spoken 22 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
MGMT mix of psychedelia, electronica and playful indie pop shouldn't be a mainstream hit. But something about it just works. It is an highly ambitious album, experimental and highly intelligent. Mixing styles of Secret Machines, Goldrush, The Flaming Lips, Sparks with the psychedelia of Pink Floyd and 13th Floor Elevators should give you enough influences to get a taste of this album.

Starting with the rousing "Time To Pretend" the album begins on a high. The opener was released on a previous, same titled EP, and is one of the more accessible tracks on the album. I like the fact it is a challenge, forcing the listener to push through their normal limits and open up to a new sounds and styles. "Weekend Wars" morphs two or three times in the single track, becoming a Bowie soundtrack half way through before breaking into a catchy chorus before it fades away again. "The Youth" is a slower complex layered example and shows their softer chilled underbelly.

"Electric Feel" and "Kids" are my standout tracks in a very heavily stacked top end of the album. Both commercial successes, both highly catchy indie pop records that are highlights of the music this year.

What I love most about it apart from the fusion of styles and the complex set of influences which are credited with such aplomb, is the uncertainty of where it going to take you next. So unpredictable and magical that it truly deserves it's accolades it has received this year.

A prime example of this is the almost tribal "4th Dimensional Transition" with its jungle drums and synth sounds followed by the acoustically led "Pieces Of What" that sounds like Mick Jagger attempting to cry his heart out. Beautiful sounds arranged and mixed with cracking lyrics - on an almost magical level the album finishes as it begins, on a high.

*** Like: Secret Machines, Goldrush, The Flaming Lips, Sparks with the psychedelia of Pink Floyd and 13th Floor Elevators ***
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Record of the year 22 Dec 2008
By Abi
Format:Audio CD
With so many dull, bland albums around, this is worth stopping, sitting and dedicating some quality time to. It's fresh, exciting and hasn't been off my stereo since I bought it.

Without a doubt, my favourite record of 2008. Wholeheartedly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars unexpected 25 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album off the back of a couple of songs I'd heard here and there. For maybe the first few listens I was thinking that actually those few songs I'd heard were the only really excellent tracks on there - the rest being ok, but nothing special.

Listen on tho!

Really worth it - some bits are growers, but now I am completely in love with this album!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the albums of the year, no question 10 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
I got this album after I saw their set at Glastonbury, which was outstanding. This music is seriously fresh and funky, I can't get enough of it. After a couple of listens you can't fail but to be hooked on the vibe. The best songs are Electric Feel; Kids; Time to Pretend; Weekend Wars; Of Moons, Birds and Monsters. But the whole album is just so stinking fresh. Get it, and go see them live.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Happy Album
I brought this cd for my partner, it was in perfrct condition when it arrived, its a really good cd, we listen to it togethet
Published 3 months ago by C. Fawcett
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album
If you like MGMT then this is the album to have! Disc in good shape - no problems arisen with it.
Published 4 months ago by Helena Stokes
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Debut Album
Great songs like 'Kids' and 'Time To Pretend', good debut album. MGMT have done a great job and are Very unique and catchy.
Published 6 months ago by James West
3.0 out of 5 stars electric feel
electric feel is blinding don't care about the rest of the album if the price is right pick it up
Published 7 months ago by luke
4.0 out of 5 stars Very catchy tracks
This has a lot of very good tracks which appear on some of my favoured playlists to accompany my walks
Published 11 months ago by C. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars MGMT
Having previously heard Electric Feel I was interested in hearing the full album. HMV had it for sale in a local store, but Amazons price was more competetive. Read more
Published 20 months ago by JohnR
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas request
Another one for our daughters collection who having received it has confirmed that it is exactly what the doctor ordered - me I've no idea!!
Published on 4 Feb 2012 by Mr. PE Scrivens
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice
I'm not a fan of "indie style" or general band music, its only a recent thing I've broken away from dance as an umbrella genre and I think it's my dance background that has helped... Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2012 by LRViccary
4.0 out of 5 stars MGMT
Product arrived promptly in good condition.

Great band haven't listened to it all yet but will when I get time.
Published on 6 Sep 2011 by Andrew E Brooks
1.0 out of 5 stars Copy Protected
A huge disappointment. I never heard the CD because I only have a PC to play it on. Amazon very quickly refunded my payment - so no real harm done.
Published on 20 Aug 2011 by Seth Toolkit Jr
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