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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Working, 10 April 2010
This review is from: Congratulations (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.

However I seem to remember having to spend some time with OS before coming to appreciate that some of its greatest treasures revealed themselves more slowly. Usually the most enduring albums are the growers and the best tracks are those you just can't get to start with but which eventually end up changing your world. This is an essential album release and one that will require repeated listenings to get the full benefit from. I am confident that this is an album that will continue to reveal it's depths to me with repeated listening, and which, while less consistent than the flawless Oracular Spectacular, is still far more interesting and imaginative than anything else out there at the moment.
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Initial post: 5 May 2010 20:59:18 BDT
Nothing is unsaid here, I like your professionalism!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2010 11:45:32 BDT
Gaz says:
Great review. Tells it like it is.
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