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'we've got the vision, now let's have some fun',
This review is from: Oracular Spectacular (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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Initial post: 22 Mar 2008 15:05:45 GMT
Dan MuHead says:
Couldn't agree with you more William, this album sounds amazingly fresh, it seems to draw on the past by accident rather than design. Dave Fridmann's influence is a really welcome addition to.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2008 23:00:00 BDT
William Rycroft says:
Cheers Dan. Just had a quick look at your site. Very nice. Keep it up.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2008 02:23:35 BDT
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Marie Judson says:
I think 'time to pretend' is somewhat satirical though.
btw I agree, mgmt are a definite standout among all the indie clones.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2008 19:09:34 BDT
William Rycroft says:
I agree about Time To Pretend. Tongues firmly in cheeks!
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2008 12:00:02 BDT
Greg F says:
OMG OMG !! Dan,
There I was looking around Amazon for some new music, I thought about the MGMT cd so thought I'd read the reviews first. Which led me here. Then I saw your comment Dan and noticed your signature. So I thought "wonder whats on that site" so I copy pasted it to another tab. Then I noticed that there was a music player. So I played a couple tracks of A Fine Frenzy. Fantastic!!
I love music and I love the internet:-) I brought the MGMT album and A Fine Frenzy's One Cell In The Sea.
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