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Genre: Rock / Artist: MGMT / Enhanced / Audio CD released 2008-03-10 at SonyBMG

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      02.07.2013 16:10
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      Before this album, I would say this wasn't my type of music. Afterwards..well the review says it all

      In 2008 I was watching the final episode of Skins season 2. This is was when I got my first taste of MGMT and since then, I have become a huge fan of this American indie rock group. The track was called 'Time to pretend' and it fitted in so perfectly with the ending of the episode on Skins that it made me love it even more. But MGMT aren't a one hit wonder, Oracular Spectacular is filled with track after track of pure music bliss. Try it for yourself and hear an album full of distinct yet amazing tracks.

      History: MGMT, originally called The Management', was created in 2002 and signed with a record label, Columbia Records, in 2006. In 2007, they released their debut album, Oracular Spectacular. With over a million albums sold worldwide, peaking at number 8 in the UK album chart and 38th in the US Billboard 200, MGMT became the hottest property of 2007 and toured though out the world promoting this album. Oracular Spectacular still consistently sells now as new generations wish to hear this unique music. In 2012, Rolling Stone placed this album at 494 on there their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. So it must be kind of good...

      Track listing:
      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

      There is no other place to start but the first track, 'Time to Pretend' . This teenage-angst ridden song, with its superbly written and so relatable lyrics. You find yourself merged in this track with a fantastic tune and great beat. Just turn up the volume and listen to what I like to think, the song which makes the soundtrack of my youth. This track starts off the experience so well that you just want to listen on and discover more. When I heard the song originally on Skins, I just knew I had to hear more of their works and bought their album the next day. Each track has their own story in a sense and their own right on the album. To me, there is only one track I am not a fan of and that is 'Weekend Wars'. It feels a bit too out there for me and just isn't my type of music. However, every other track just gets you even more hooked on these lyrical geniuses that are MGMT.

      'The Youth' brings a slower but yet still pragmatic view of growing up, again the lyrics bring this track beautifully together to create a great track. Then a transition into an electric pop ridden track in 'Electric Feel', this track is a different genre of song all together. You feel yourself getting more into the track and consumed by this light yet such impactful track. Next up comes 'Kids' and you have probably heard this song as it's been used in films, tv shows and adverts. This is my second favourite track and is just as good as 'Time to Pretend'. The brilliant synth that gets the track under way, the beat and great guitar play makes this song a tune that you imagine yourself listening to all summer long and doing nothing but partying.

      I never planned to do a review of every single track yet each track is so unique and masterful, you trust want to talk about everyone in detail. The remaining 5 tracks will have you just as engrossed by the addictive sounds of MGMT as the previous 5. With their use of a synthesizer and dark yet real life meaning lyrics, perhaps when you first hear them you would think they were from the 80's and not born in the 80's! You can hear influences from that decade like David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Neil Young and Talking Heads to name a few. This isn't my type of music normally, especially when I was a teen when I first heard this album all the way through. Yet the way MGMT have turned this music into such an album full of strange but such thought provoking tracks, with fantastic lyrics and superb sounds, I'm not pretending when I say that this album is a work created by a group of geniuses. So different and so unique for its era. A new generation to this genre of music. Don't miss out on this experience, it really is quite amazing.

      Currently available (2/7/13) at Amazon for £5.47 in cd form or £5.99 in MP3 format. Complete bargain and definitely can become the soundtrack to your summer. Try it and have a summer long party yourself.

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        30.12.2012 18:22
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        Distinctive & unique

        I've had this album for a long, long time but have just rediscovered it. I remember I wasn't all that taken with it at first, and I found the songs to be very repetitive. Now, however, I have a completely different perspective. It's currently £8 in HMV but will of course be less online and for digital copies (available on amazon, iTunes and all other respected download sites).

        THE CASE
        The album case itself is a piece of art itself. It's made of sustainable cardboard and features a gloriously whimsical image of two of the band's members by the sea. Their is an additional leaflet which is concealed within the front cover which folds out to be a lovely poster, amde form the same high quality sustainable paper. A very organic and beautiful presentation which matches the band well.

        THE SONGS
        The genre of MGMT is hard to define - an indie, rock, pop, folk, fantasy if you will. Of course, there are the favouties - KIDS is one of their most known songs, and ELECTRIC FEEL, too. These are definitely 'singles' tracks (made for specific release as a single), whilst the rest of the album has more flow as a whole.

        PIECES OF WHAT is a great 'campfire' track, perfect for hazy summer evenings, whilst The Handshake has a great 'anthem' feel with chanting towards the end.

        WEEKEND WARS is a nice, simple song to listen to and compliments the entire album. There's something 'easy listening' about this album, despite it being incredibly raw and touching.

        The last four tracks on the album have been on repeat on my iPod/ iPhone. They blend seamlessly and are beautifully inspiring and intriguing.

        The whole album is easy to listen to but has an edge that makes it stand out.
        It's very unexpainable!

        If you like Foster The People you will love this!

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        Give it a listen!

        MGMT is a 5 piece American indie pop/psychedelic rock band. The band were initially known as The Management but shortened the name to MGMT as another band was already using the name. MGMT was formed in 2002 when the founders of the band - Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden were at University. After graduating in 2005, they released an Extended Play, entitled Time to Pretend and toured extensively to promote it. In 2006, the band was signed to Columbia Records - this came as a shock to them, and they thought it was a joke when they recieved the phone call! The bands debut album, Oracular Spectacular, was released in 2007, and they then released their follow-up album Congratulations. They have a third, self entitled album, MGMT, which is planned to be released in 2012.

        They currently, to date, have 2 compilation albums, 1 demo album, 2 live albums, 2 extended plays and 8 singles. They also have numerous awards for their work including "Best Album of 2008" and "Best New Band". I first became an MGMT fan after hearing one of their most well known songs on the radio. I decided to download their album on iTunes as I really like there unusual, upbeat sound. If I had to compare them to another band, it'd be either Temper Trap or Empire of The Sun. They have a very indie sort of sound, with undertones of electro, pop and rock. I came to love MGMT after hearing one of their songs, Electric Feel, on the radio numerous times and it soon became my favourite song. I think that song was probably one of the best songs of 2007, but there other songs are just as great. MGMT plays mainly psychedelic music - the weirdly entrancing, bizzarely mashed up, yet intriguing song you keep hearing on the radio? It's probably an MGMT song. he band is made up of five members - 3 more than the album cover would have you believe. The members are as follows:

        - Andrew VanWyngarden - Lead vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums
        - Benjamin Goldwasser - Vocals, keyboards, guitar
        - Matthew Asti - Bass guitar
        - James Richardson - Lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards, percussion
        - Will Berman - Drums, percussion, backing vocals
        Andrew and Benjamin are the founders of the band.

        Oracular Spectacular is MGMT's debut album. It was released in late 2007 and it has 10 full length tracks on it. The album has sold over 1 million copies worldwide and won an NME award - 'Best Album of 2008'. The album received mainly positive reviews and was certified platinum in Australia and the UK, and it achieved double platinum status in Ireland. I bought my copy of the album in early 2008 after falling in love with the fourth song on their album, 'Electric Feel', which was ridiculously overplayed on the radio yet I never got bored of it. The more I listen to this album, the more relatable and true it sounds, each song is genuine and meaningful when you put the time into listening to it properly. I particullary love the first few tracks of this album, it moves with such pace. The first half of the album is the the bands more well known, more mainstream friendly songs, while the second half consists of the more electronic, rock songs which ooze personality and passion. I think the songs on this half of the album hold much more meaning and depth, although each song is great, I can't really fault a single track on the album.

        Yes, there are a few songs that i'm not too keen on, but I don't dislike any of them enough to skip them when they pop up on my playlist. The main theme running through this album is youth, the adventures (and confusion) of growing up, and the bad and the good that adulthood can bring. I find this album the kind that I stick on whenever I feel down and want reassurance. The song Time to Pretend is particullary reassuring and relatable. Each song has amazing instrumentals and lyrics, and Andrew's vocals are beautiful, he has a gorgeous child-like innocence to his voice with a husky undertone (but the ability to sing quite high too) and a beautiful twang from his American accent. The band's songs all have many layers to them with underlying meanings and personal experience in them - you can tell they didn't just randomly come up with the lyrics - they're from experience. There isn't much swearing in the album, but there is some. It isn't, however, excessively used, and the sexual lyrics are pretty subtle.

        The album artwork is quite simple to be honest and shows two of the band members stood next to each other with the ocean, sky and moon in the background. Once you have listened to the album it becomes clear that the picture reflects the whole 'stranded on an island' theme. The band's name is written down the middle inbetween the two men in large, white block writing. I am not going to go into a huge amount of detail about the album artwork as it is so basic and you need to listen to the album to understand it, I have however included a picture of the album cover so you can check it out for yourself. The back of the album shows a group of people - men and women, presumably shipwrecked. It's the back view of them and they're standing in the ocean looking out at the sky. In the sky in white writing the tracks are listed.

        Oracular Spectacular can be bought from pretty much anywhere. Physical copies of the album (CD's, vinyls) can be purchased from music shops such as Hmv and CEX, even supermarkets sell it. Websites such as Amazon, Play, eBay etc also stock it and a digital copy can be purchased from iTunes. Prices do hugely vary, but for a brand new CD prices start at around £4 and go up to the £12 mark. I bought my phyiscal copy of the album from Asda in 2008 and paid around £10 which I think is a good price - it works out at £1 a song which I think is reasonable considering all of the songs are full length and of good quality. Single tracks from the album can be purchased from iTunes for around 80 pence.

        The Tracks..

        Track 1 Time to Pretend
        This is a brilliant opening track to the album and it kicks the whole thing off to a great start. It is also the album's debut single and it reached substantial heights in the worldwide music charts, including reaching number 9 in the "U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles". It's energetic, with unusual and ear-catching sounds. The vocals are fast paced yet easily understandable, while the lyrics ooze truth and are extremely easy to relate to. Throughout the whole sound it is like Andrew (the lead vocalist) is telling a story and talking to me, and I love the chrorus. The whole feeling of this song goes with the album art work, with gorgeous instrumentals and sound effects which are unusual and upbeat. It really makes me feel like I am laid on an exotic island in the middle of no where listening to the creatures speak in their own little language. The band wrote this song in their senior year of college. When asked what inspired the song, they replied "the music was inspired by a praying mantis we had in our house. She laid eggs and it died, and we laid the egg case on this kinda model pirate ship on the mantle piece, and the eggs hatched and all these baby praying mantises were climbing up the rigging of the ship, and it was pretty crazy...uhm so the music was inspired by our praying mantis that liked to dance to The Clash and the lyrics are just about us imagining being rock stars....and yeah, fantasy rock star life." - via Wiki.

        I suppose this song has different meanings to everyone and I was really suprised when I found out that the song was about a praying mantis - I had always imagined it to have a huge amount of personal depth. To me, it is about leaving childhood behind, growing up and wanting better things in life (in this case, fame and drugs) so making sacrafices such as leaving home - "I'll miss my sister, miss my father, miss my dog and my home." This song is quite tragic really. It starts out sounding so great with the singer optimistic, but then the whole rock 'n' roll lifestyle takes over. The whole live fast, die young lifestyle is discussed in this song with the singer's alternative personality/the character in the song living a fast paced life of women (models, to be precise!) drugs and elegant cars, then dieing via an overdose - "we'll choke on our vomit and that will be the end. We were fated to pretend." But he sees this as a better alternative to the usual 9 to 5 lifestyle - "Yeah it's overwhelming, but what else can we do? Get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning commute?"

        Overall I love this song, it speaks truth to the point of bein almost too close to home and uncomfortable to listen to but it makes it that bit better, it's basically about feeling young and free - "I'm feelin rough i'm feelin raw, i'm in the prime of my life" and wanting more in life. This is the sort of song that is both great for dancing to or for listening to while relaxing - it really is a song that speaks to you in my opinion.

        Track 2 Weekend Wars
        This is another brilliant song which keeps me hooked to the album. Alot of people haven't heard of this song as it wasn't played on the radio very much. The overall sound of this particular song is quite different to the other tracks on the album, with an unrecogniseable sound up until it's around a minute into the song. The instrumentals are what stand out most to me, with the heavy percussion in particular grabbing my attention and providing a feel good sound that gets stuck in your head. It reminds me of a song that an artist like David Bowie would sing, and it has a real distinctive and unusual sound to it. The song has multiple meanings really, I can't settle on what it precisely means however a few lines to stick out to me. The line "now I can shoot a gun to kill my lunch" says to me that he's talking about animal welfare and veganism, and basically how people don't care about animals anymore, as this line suggests - "and I don't have to love or think too much", but then again these two lines don't match with the rest of the song so it's quite hard to figuire out, despite how many times I have listened to it! The overall sound of the song is amazing. Mind, blowing, infact. Whenever this song pops up on my iTunes, a sudden euphoric bliss hits me - no exagurrations! It's especially good with the volume on full blast, and as it progresses it brings me out in goosebumps.

        Track 3 The Youth
        Yet another flawless track. It has a distinctive MGMT sound to it, with unusual vocals and instrumentals. It sounds like it's bein recorded with charity shop kareoke microphones, adding a gorgeously husky sound to the whole thing. Their voices are distant so make the song sound amazingly dreamy and magical, although the quality of the vocals isn't great - it's not the easiest song to listen to while relaxing as it's hard to relax to or understand, but turned up full blast it is great to dance to, especially if dancing with my boyfriend. It has such a range of different sounds and at times I admit it does sound quite wild and obnoxious. The lyrics from what I can understand are talking about a revolution and a change of culture. It focusses on kids (i'd guess teenagers), talking about how they don't conform to society anymore and are more open minded.

        Track 4 Electric Feel
        Oh my god, this song is amazing. It has such an amazing sound to it - gorgeous vocals, great (but slightly limited lyrics) and euphoric instrumentals. Andrew's voice in this is very high pitched, in fact I thought it was a woman singing at first to be totally honest! The song is amazing though, honestly, it's my favourite song ever. It takes me back to the times of school discos (not that long ago but it takes me back to the excited sort of feeling I would get, with an upbeat sound) and it has a very vintage sound to it - maybe 60's. I especially love the vocals, they make me melt inside! Especially the chorus, which is amazing. The song is basically about sexual energy/having sex/bein attracted to someone/happiness when with someone/pleasure, etc. Some people think it's about drugs, but I disagree. It has this sweet, meaningful sound to it yet it's incredibly sexy too. It is a very hippie sounding sound (as are most MGMT songs), and it almost makes you feel high (on happiness!) if i'm bein honest, lol.

        Track 5 Kids
        I'd say this is probably my second favourite song on the album. It does feel alot more serious and personal. The song is self explanatory if you sit and listen to the lyrics. No hidden meanings at all. It's about life, growing up/different life stages, maturing, family and love. I love the intro to this song, which is kids screeching and laughing - it reminds me of being in Primary school and playing in the playground. The vocals are gorgeous and this song is less phychedelic and more pop with a mix of trance. This song will definetly mean different things to different people. Although the lyrics are easily understood they can be percieved differently by different people. Some see the song as bein about greed and drugs, while I see it as a gorgeous, truthful and sweet song full of personal emotion. The instrumentals keep it upbeat, assuring it isn't too deep. The chorus is very catchy and i'd highly reccomend giving this song a listen.

        Track 6 4th Dimensional Transition
        This is one o the songs that i'm not too keen on but it's not so bad that i'd skip it. It's quite catchy but it lacks meaning to me, from what I can understand it is about what is supposedly going to happen in 2012. It's another song that sounds phychedelic. It's a very imaginative song but just not really my sort of thing.

        Track 7 Pieces of What
        Andrew's voice in this song gives me goosebumps. The song is amazing. When I was a couple of years younger I became quite obsessed with this song, meaning it holds quite a few memories for me so i'm probably biased! The first time I heard this I sat back and listened in awe, I just love it. The song isn't quite as hippie sounding as the others, it's more indie rock with a Temper Trap sort of sound to it. The lyrics do get slightly screechy at points which I think add emotion to the song and make it that bit more raw - MGMT are the type of band that don't need autotune to sound great. The song, in my opinion, is about how now a days there is little seriousness in relationships and it's all about sex rather than love, and it's basically about the breakdown of a relationship and the rough time that the singer is going through afterwards.

        Track 8 Of Moons, Birds & Monsters
        This is a good song, but another that I don't quite get the jist off and I find the overall sound a bit too trance-like. I percieve it to be about taking responsibility for what mankind has done to the planet (global warming) and ourselves. The song is fast paced and very random at points. It's not great but not bad.

        Track 9 The Handshake
        Another really catchy song. I fell in love with it as soon as I heard it, it's really fast paced and great to listen to when you want to get hyped up before a night out or perhaps a jog. I think the song is more than likely about drugs.. LSD, and the tempation of drugs and generally bad stuff etc when you're famous (the handshake represents the record deal) and it's all offered on a plate.

        Track 10 Future Reflections
        An intresting song. Pretty weird to be honest - very trippy, but it finishes the album off nicely. The song is about a post apocalyptic world. The only remaining humans are young adults living on a desert island (again, this reflects the album cover) and basically living the dream. The singer refers to the group as a tribe, so it gives the impression they've gone quite feral lol. A good song but not brilliant!

        Overall this is an album that is incredibly hard to put into words, but I tried my best! The sound is amazing - unusual, weird, but intriguing and at points extremely relatable. Highly reccomended. 0

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          06.09.2009 11:44
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          great album!

          The debut album from MGMT 'Oracular Spectacular' is one of the most acclaimed albums of 2007-2008.

          Oracular Spectacular was released digitally in October 2007 and it wasn't until January of 2008 that the album was released on CD.

          This really is a fantastic album with some really catchy hooks and intelligent progressive melodic structures. I didn't really discover this band until one day I stumbled across 'Electric Feel'. What a song, I tried to imagine what their influences must have been to come up with this track and could find some similarities to some 70's music.

          It has been cited that the MGMT's main influences are David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, T-Rex and indeed the music of the 70's but this is not to be taken literally as MGMT are very diverse and not afraid to experiment.

          I have heard that they actually came up with the name 'Oracular Spectacular' by typing in the phrase 'Mystic Bullshit' in google and looking for alternatives!

          Andrew Van Wyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, the two protagonists of MGMT (formerly known as the management) never expected to reach number 8 in the UK charts and certainly did not expect it to go gold in five countries and platinum in two others.

          Track Listing:

          01. Time To Pretend
          02. Weekend Wars
          03. The Youth
          04. Electric Feel
          05. 4th Dimensional Transition
          06. Kids
          07. Pieces Of What
          08. Of Moons, Birds & Monsters
          09. The Handshake
          10. Future Reflections

          Recorded October 2nd 2007, Columbia Records.

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            10.07.2009 13:01
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            a good electro funk album

            Oracular spectacular is the first studio album from the indie electro band MGMT. It was released towards the end of 2007 and it did very well in the album charts as well as having successful singles as well.

            The first song off the album, time to pretend was also the first song to be released by the band as a single and it is also my favourite song of the album too. It has a very nice start to it and very nice electric keyboard parts all the way through. The singing is almost more spoken than sung and it sound very relaxing but this is something that really suit the song and their style of music I think.

            Electric feel was the second song off the album to be released as a single, its not quite as good as time to pretend, its much more fast beated then time to pretend is, and the singing is perhaps a bit more annoying than relaxing as it just seems to high and forced. Not a terrible song but not one of my favourites.

            Kids was the third single to be released and it seems they have stuck very much with the style that makes their songs great, great keyboard all the way through with the other instruments going around this and fantastic lyrics to this one. it's a bit of a toss up between this and time to pretend however I think time to pretend just about gets it, this is still a very good song though,

            This album offers something very different, and although its something that I don't usually go for, the lyrics are great, the instruments even better and their song are just so relaxing, if you haven't checked out this band yet make sure you do.

            1. Time to Pretend
            2. Weekend Wars
            3. Youth, The
            4. Electric Feel
            5. Kids
            6. 4th Dimensional Transition
            7. Pieces of What
            8. Of Moons, Birds & Monsters
            9. Handshake, The
            10. Future Reflections

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              A decent debue album

              When I first heard MGMT's first single, Time to Pretend, I was hooked. Loved there fresh youthful sound and was very impressed with some of the creative lyrics.

              However this album never quite matches upto that initial excitement. There are a few birlliant songs on there, 'Kids' has an addictive beat that sticks in your head. 'Electric Feel' is also a classic song.

              But after those three songs there is really not much to rave about. Its a good album in that its something a bit different and there are not many bands around who make music like this, but again they just dont quite seem to deliver on there potential.

              I would say this album is definately worth a listen, and I know some people really rave about it so maybe its just my opinion that is wrong on this one. Even though was a little disapointed by this album, I dont regret buying it. Have a listen!

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              Just buy the singles

              I first heard about MGMT when I was at Reading Festival so I went to go and check them out. I really enjoyed their set so when I got back home I was keen to purchase some of their music. I got their singles, "Time to Pretend" and "Kids" I thought they were fantastic so I also bought this album. I have got to admit I was rather disappointed with it. I thought the album contained a lot of songs that all sounded quite similar, and I found it pretty tedious to listen to. There are a couple of other good songs on the album. One that took my fancy was, "Electric Feel". I think that all the songs named have a funky, unique sound that is hard to beat, but I do not feel the same about the rest of the album. Personally, I think this album is not all it cracked up to be, all of the good songs are available as singles so I would just stick with them.

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              If you want to listen to summer and have music stuck in your head then this is the album for you!

              There is something warm and summery about the tracks on this album. Imagine being wrapped up in velvet and floating on a cloud. This is the only way to describe the music on this album.

              The two songs I have on constant repeat are;

              Electric Feel - It is so catchy that I can't help but nod my head and move to the music. This song also makes me feel really sexy which sounds werid but it is definatly a song that a female could dance to and feel attractive. This is partially through the power of the lyrics and great rythem to the song.

              Kids - This makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This is constantly on repeat no matter how often I hear it I do not get sick of it. It takes you back to your childhood with its great interesting lyrics.

              There are other songs on the album which are great to listen to such as ;-

              Weekend wars - which has a more serious tone but is still just as catchy. The singers in this band have great distinctive vocals which really makes their music sound great. They remind me slightly of david bowie, prince and other various 80's music and they also remind me slightly of the scissor sisters.

              Time to pretend- Is a fun song that would make a great song to listen to on a drive on a hot sunny day. For me personally I have heard it too many times now and this doesn't have that much appeal to me now as the other songs.

              The Youth - is a mellow and relaxed song but again is catchy and doesn't fail to hook me in with its catchy chorus.

              The handshake - is a song I would class as an ok average song but it doesn't stand out particularly to me and there are much better songs on the album. It is quite a slow song.

              Pieces of What - The voices of this track sound more harsher and I prefer the more higher smoother tones of the vocals that you get on the other tracks such as kids and electric feel.

              Of moons, birds and monsters - is a song I find ok to listen to but it doesn't grab me like some of the others. It is quite slow paced.

              Future Reflections- is another song that is great. It starts off slow but builds up into catchy vocals. The lyrics are really interesting to listen to as well.

              4th Dimensional Transition - is probably my least listened to song on the album as I just find it slow and not catchy and it lacks the magic that some of the other songs have.

              This album is simply amazing think of contempory 80's electro music infused with a modern upbeat hippy twist and you have MGMT - Oracular Spectacular!

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                09.04.2009 16:31
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                Fantastic Album

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                The Band
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                MGMT are an electronic, psychedellic, indie duo from America. They have only recently hit the mainstream music scene with their electronic anthems such as 'Kids' and 'Time To Pretend'. Their music is completely unique, because of this they have gained themselves thousands of fans from all ages and walks of life, never failing to dissapoint with theor electrifying performances. There isn't much to write about MGMT because they are fairly new to the scene! The duo consists of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser. To date, they have released two studio albums with another due to be released this year (yay!).
                Climbing To New Lows (released under the name 'The Management) (2005)
                Oracular Spectacular (2007)


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                Tracklist
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                01. Time To Pretend
                02. Weekend Wars
                03. The Youth
                04. Electric Feel
                05. 4th Dimensional Transition
                06. Kids
                07. Pieces Of What
                08. Of Moons, Birds & Monsters
                09. The Handshake
                10. Future Reflections

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                01. Time To Pretend
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                One of the best tracks on the whole album! Starting off with a catchy psychedellic electronic sound that's almost hyponotizing it then eases into the hook of a first verse and those strange but amazing vocals with a new sound that I've never heard from any artist before. The great thing about this track, apart from the fascinating sound, is the way the pre chorus builds up to the actual chorus, it's brilliant. "I'm feeling rough, I'm feeling raw, I'm in the prime of my life, lets make some music, make some money, find some models for wives, I'll move to Paris, shoot some heroin and f**k with the stars, you man the island and the cocaine and the elegant cars" 10/10.

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                02. Weekend Wars
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                After hearing the first track I really wasn't expecting this one. It takes the duo in a whole different direction and yet another new sound that I haven't heard before. It starts off with some very original vocals and a guitar background that's very hard to describe, it almost has a folk sounds until the pace picks up and the chorus kicks off. As with the first track, it's hard not to get hooked on this song, it makes you want to listen over and over. "Try to break my heart I'll drive to Arizona, it might take 100 years to grow an arm, I'll sit and listen to the sound of sand and cold, twisted diamond heart I'm the weekend warrior, my predictions are the only things I have, I can amplify the sound and light and love". 10/10.

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                03. The Youth
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                I'd heard this song before I bought the album, and to be honest, it's not as strong as some of the others. It is catchy but definitely lacks the magic of the first two tracks. That's not to say it's not a good song, it depends on your taste I guess. Give it a few listens to give it a fair chance! "This is a call of arms to live and love and sleep together, we could flood the streets with love or light or heat, whatever, lock the parents out, cut a rug, twist and shout, wave your hands, make it rain, for stars will rise again" 7/10.

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                04. Electric Feel
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                This is one of the most well know tracks on the whole album. Not to my taste but it is a really good song if you like that sort of thing. It starts off with some strange but good electronics and quickly moves into the verse, again with fascinating vocals. "All along the western front, people line up to receive, she got the current in her hand, just shock you like you won't believe, sun in the amazon, with the voltage running through her skin, standing there with nothing on, she gonna teach me how to swim". 8/10.

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                05. 4th Dimensional Transition
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                I'm still pretty undecided about this track, it's definitely not one of my favourites. The backing music is lacking something but the vocals are fantastic, almost haunting in a way. The song is easy to listen to and I think it could be popular with some people. "If what they say is true, you are a shadow in the fourth dimension, to float away with you, we see the corners where nothing happens, while we drifted we were one, ceilings lifted walls were gone, you speak the language of the breeze, all your leaves were meant for me, the love that every person wants to be". 7/10.

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                06. Kids
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                This song is amazing! It's one of my alltime favourites, I haven't come across anyone who doesn't love it. It starts off with an electronic melody that will hook you in within seconds. The brilliant thing about this track is the chorus, it's one of the catchiest that I have heard in years. You probably will have heard this track if you listen to Radio 1, that's where I heard it first! "The water is warm, but it's sending me shivers, a baby is born, crying out for attention, memories fade, like looking through a fogged mirror, decisions to decisions are made and not fought but I thought this wouldn't hurt a lot, I guess not!". 10/10.

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                07. Pieces Of What
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                Yet another hypnotizing tune, this one is more dimmed down and easy to listen to, it features vocals and lyrics that are very different to most mainstream music but no too different that nobody will like it, MGMT have got the balance just right. "When the world has turned, paralyzed and wrong, cold blooded claws, never offered anything at all, past the point of love, shattered and untied, waiting to pick up the pieces, that make it all alright". 10/10.

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                08. Of Moons, Birds & Monsters
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                This song is brilliant but be aware that you need to listen to it quite a few times to really get into it. I didn't like it at first but I listen to it all the time now. The vocals and music are both great and the song has a fantastic sound. "Why'd you cut holes in the face of the moon base? Don't you know about the temperature change, in the cold black shadow? Are you mad at your walls, or hoping that an unknown force can repair things for you? Pardon all the time that you've thrown into your pale grey garden? If the ship will never come you've got to move along". 10/10.

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                09. The Handshake
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                I love the dark feel of this track, in places the sound of the vocals and the song remind me of something that Prince would sing, it's a great sound, also a great track. It's not upbeat or fast paced but slow and eerie. "I just shook the handshake, I just sealed the deal, I'll try not to let them, take everything they can steal, people always told me, don't forget your roots, I know I can feel them underneath my leather boots". 10/10.

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                10. Future Reflections
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                I think this is a great ending to the album, I like it, I'll leave it to you to decide for yourself! "There was a feeling the spirit was leaving, red like a marker, so my tribe, with my knife, cut the heart from a lonely life". 10/10.

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                My Overall Opinion
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                This is a fantastic alternative album that everyone can enjoy. Although not all the tracks are to my taste, they are all good songs and may well be appealing to other people. There isn't a bad song on here and I would recommend it to everyone, at least give it a try! Overall, 10/10.

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                  23.03.2009 17:00
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                  filled with songs that vary from catchy club crowd pleaser's to at-home relaxing futuristic ones

                  MGMT (previously known as Management) refer to themselves as Pop but sit wonderfully in a cross genre between pop/electro/alternative.

                  Oracular Specacular is the debut album by the American band MGMT who are currently a 5 piece (originally begun as a two piece). The insanely catchy 'Time To Pretend' is what really caught my ears from this band. After hearing it in numerous locations I finally resolved to finding out who it was and decided to buy the album. This was, on my part, a great decision.

                  The fusion of a robotic sounding vocals and electronic keyboards spew insanely catchy riffs that will get stuck in your head for days.

                  --- Stand Out Tracks ---

                  Time To Pretend - catchy beats sit behind well placed vocals and what sounds like a futuristic trumpet. I defy anyone not to tap along to this or get up in a club.

                  Kids - Another futuristic sounding song (the theme of the album essentially) that is a lot more instrumentally involved than 'Time To Pretend', with a sort of gritty guitar beat that kicks in with the higher robotic style vocals that compliment it wonderfully.

                  --- Price ---

                  Pick it up for around £5 from many shops or £11.18 from Amazon

                  --- Track Listing ---

                  1. Time To Pretend
                  2. Weekend Wars
                  3. Youth
                  4. Electric Feel
                  5. Kids
                  6. 4th Dimensional Transition
                  7. Pieces Of What
                  8. Of Moons Birds And Monsters
                  9. Handshake
                  10. Future Reflections
                  11. Electric Feel

                  --- Summary ---

                  The album is filled with songs that vary from catchy club crowd pleaser's to at-home relaxing futuristic fairy tale style songs. Songs such as Kids and Time To Pretend demonstrate the bands knowledge of a good riff and hip-moving classic whilst songs such as Futuristic Reflections work great in the background, showing wonderful uses of instrumental pieces of a song with careful placing of vocals.

                  The band is different enough to stand out amongst others of the same sort of genres, whilst having hints of bands such as Daft Punk with the future references and intergalactic robotic style at times.

                  All in all this slice of psychedelic floor-filling band will go far if they continue to use this carefully balanced mixture of soft classics and fast paced dance songs.

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                  ''We make pop music, but pop music that isn't comfortable''
                  Andrew Vanwyngarden (MGMT front man)

                  MGMT are an American electric psychedelic pop duo. I'm not normally a fan of electric, but when I heard "Time to Pretend" (on various television programmes) I thought it was a very catchy and fun tune. I first heard "Time to Pretend" on the Skins series 2 finale, and then again on the Gossip Girl series 1 finale. However, it wasn't until the Leeds Festival last august that I really got into MGMT. They performed their album live and I recognised both "Time to Pretend", and "Kids", although I didn't know who the actual band was before.

                  If I could choose any one word to describe MGMT's music it would definitely be different. MGMT aren't just the same old boring pop, there's something really upbeat and strange about them which makes their music so enjoyable. Also, MGMT aren't really about the singing or lyrics in the songs, just the actual music. I caught myself humming and whistling a few of the tunes after I'd heard them. Although the music is definitely electric pop, the actual singing is indie, and it is aimed at the indie audience, so when/ if looking to buy, keep in mind the genre is indie in most stores.

                  Quite recently, I saw MGMT - Oracular Spectacular on offer at HMV at 2 for £10 (normally sold at £6.00), and as I wanted to buy another CD (The Foals), I decided to get it. I'm sure the offer will still be on, and there was a wide range of CDs on the 2 for 10 offer (at the Liverpool ONE, Liverpool store).


                  There are 10 tracks on Oracular Spectacular:
                  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
                  The three songs that really stand out to me on this album are "Time to Pretend", and "Electric Feel". All of the tracks vary; some are plain electric, and others more meaningful and softer, an example "The Youth".

                  - Individual Song Reviews
                  Time to Pretend
                  The introduction to Oracular Spectacular, Time to Pretend isn't too out of the ordinary. Many people will recognise the psychedelic pop opening melody, which is very. After the melody has played for about 30 seconds, the vocals begin. The melody from the beginning remains throughout the song and slowly everything builds up. The song seems very happy, the lyrics talking about everything, from shooting heroin to models for wives. Then at the end it all suddenly comes to an end.

                  Weekend Wars
                  A bit more on the stranger side, Weekend Wars is quite different to Time to Pretend. It's a softer song than Time to Pretend, again it is psychedelic pop but it is acoustic and the vocals seem softer. Like all of the lyrics, the lyrics to Weekend Wars are random and often confusing, and in this song, the lyrics talk about childhood

                  The Youth
                  The melody is very soft in this song, and unlike many of the other songs, the vocals and lyrics are the main focuses of the song. The vocals are soft like Weekend Wars and very effective. The lyrics are actually meaningful which I wouldn't have expected from hearing the rest of the album. The chorus sings "Our youth is starting to change" and although it is a lot softer and meaningful to the rest of the songs, it still has a psychedelic edge to it.

                  Electric Feel
                  Electric Feel is back to Time to Pretend, a mad electric song which lyrics don't make sense at all. Unlike the rest of the songs where I have a vague idea what they are about, I really don't have a clue about this song, the lyrics "Ooh girl, shock me like an electric eel". Electric Feel is one of my favourites on the album. Although softer than Time to Pretend and Kids, it definitely captures the psychedelic side of MGMT.

                  Kids
                  Kids is quite similar to Time to Pretend, not because of the melody, they are completely different melodies, but the refreshing, happy, bright electric pop is back in this song. The opening melody is on for about 50 seconds. Then the vocals begin. The melody makes me think of this song as quite a good disco dance song. Very upbeat, Kids has to be one of the best songs on the album.

                  4th Dimensional Transition
                  4th Dimensional Transition is one of the strange songs of the album. The vocals open up the song, the melody being quite basic percussion. The vocals are soft, higher during the chorus and this song certainly brings psychedelic to mind. 4th Dimensional Transition is probably one of the forgettable tracks of Oracular Spectacular.

                  Pieces of What
                  Pieces of What was a pleasantly unexpected song. The melody is mainly acoustic guitar the vocals very laddish rather than psychedelic.

                  Of Moons, Bird & Monsters
                  This song begins with psychedelic vocals and after a while, a guitar solo is played. The melody is upbeat but just doesn't have the refreshment of Kids and Time to Pretend. Nonetheless, this is one of the enjoyable songs on the album, the vocals soft with a few instrumental breaks.

                  The Handshake
                  The Handshake seems to turn quite folk. The vocals seem un-understandable at the beginning of the song. Again, there is an instrumental break and after a few bubbly sound effects, the song is back. This song as well as Future Reflections has a real folk edge to it. The melody is quite catchy in the second half of the song, the beginning just basically downright strange.

                  Future Reflections
                  The finale to Oracular Spectacular, it really catches most of what MGMT is all about. The psychedelic vocals are back and it really has the strange and electric sound.

                  After I had listened to the whole album once I had a mixed reaction; it was very electric and I wasn't sure if I enjoyed it or not. The only tracks I knew I definitely enjoyed were "Time to Pretend", "Kids", "Electric Feel", and "The Youth". My overall first impression of the whole album was "How Strange!" So I was unsure about it for a while, and after a few more listens, the tracks I weren't sure about grew on me and I enjoyed the Album a lot.

                  Although it's not for everyone, a lot of people I know really enjoyed this album. If this sounded like a positive review and appeals to you, don't buy it straight away! MGMT's music is very difficult to put into words and I don't know if I have explained it right! I highly recommend checking if you enjoy this type of music before buying!

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                    28.01.2009 13:36
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                    Very of its time, future modern classic

                    This is a very enjoyable album from New York based electro-pop duo MGMT. I first stumbled across them after being totally mesmerised by the video for Electric Feel which was getting occasional play on MTV2 back in early 2008, I did the research and found the album online and boy am I glad that I did.

                    The best thing about it (I think) is that they have managed something quite significant in that they really dont sound much like anything else around at the moment. Sure you can clearly here the influences of seminal artists such as Bowie and Ultravox, but they manage to create a strangely beautiful and distinct sound of their own.

                    This album was well received by the critics on its release in January 2008 but was a bit of a slow burner with the public, on its first UK release their debut single Time to Pretend only made #35 in the charts, it has just been re-released following the much better chart positions of follow up singles Electric Feel and Kids (#22 and #16 respectively) and is getting frequent airplay from the likes of Radio 1 and 6 this time round which is likely to ensure it improves its standings on this second outing.

                    I really love the album and found it to be one of those few you encounter where from the very first play I never skipped through it to my favourites but enjoyed every track. The songs represent a wider skill set than you might imagine off the back of the singles, Pieces of What, for example, is much more mellow and pensive than the upbeat Electric Feel or the chirpy Time to Pretend. It shows a depth which you might not think them capable of for ones so young and (relatively) inexperienced.

                    I predict great things for these guys, not necessarily releasing under their own name either, I have a feeling that with their knack for effects and everything electronic they may well be doing more behind the scenes wizzardry and will become in demand producers in their own right.

                    Having seen them live last year on their headline tour I was a little disappointed, it didnt quite translate as well on stage as it does on CD, maybe they just need more time to develop this side of MGMT and it certainly wont put me off seeing them again.

                    A great album for your collection and one which I do believe will be considered a classic in years to come.

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                      27.01.2009 21:30
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                      superb

                      I bought this album last week, in a sale for a fiver and I was pretty impressed to find it so cheap so quickly after its release.

                      MGMT were one of 2008's hottest new acts and scooped the NME's 'album of the year award.' Listening to their music, it is easy to see why they found favour.

                      The style of music:

                      It is hard to pinpoint the exact sound, it is electronic, indie, mesmerising and psychadelic all in the same breath, yet they manage to retain a solid pop streak to the music which makes it accessible to the masses. The vocals sound timeless and seem to float in and out like they are being beamed from another planet. The group have been compared to Bowie, Flaming Lips and even Jean Michel Jarre to name but a few. It is the kind of music you might play to warm up a party or when you have had just a little too much drink and everything seems to be a blur.

                      Standout tracks:

                      For me, 'Kids' is superb. It has a luxurious synth riff which plays over and over and a set of lyrics which seem to make no sense, yet that doesn't matter as the music is so indulgent it takes over. 'Electric Feel' is a glorious throwback to the sound of the sixties, with a hypnotic melody and dreamy vocals. 'The Youth' contains some meaninful and insightful lyrics which show the band are capable of being intelligent lyrically and musically. I think you will need to listen to the album a good fee times to deconstruct the many layers, as I seem to discover something new each time.

                      Production: Recorded in America, the production is crisp and sounds fresh throughout

                      Artwork: Minimal artwork on the sleeve, the front cover is quite avant garde.

                      Buy this if:

                      You want to hear something truly different, inspiring and challenging. You will not be disappointed

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                        Feel good!

                        My favourite album of 2008. Every song is brilliant and at no time do you feel like you have to skip a track. A brilliant fun album that doesn't seem to take itself too seriously and sparkles with radio-friendly songs while still being cool enough for the 'hipsters'!

                        There's hints of bands like The Flaming Lips and even old Queen. Punky with bits of hippy thrown in as well.

                        The first song I heard on the radio was Time To Pretend and I was hooked, the beat was infectious and the same can be said for every song on the album. Proper feel good music that makes you feel great. You'll want to tap your feet along to the whole album. 'Weekend Wars' is my personal favourite but every song will have you singing along. I'm just a bit gutted that they played in my town before I heard the album

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                        Great album, highly reccomended.

                        Oracular spectacular by MGMT, and spectacular this album is. As a second album, outstanding band, what more could you want. Fun filled, upbeat and cheesey to an extent, a summer album that will quite literally knock you off your feet.
                        These two guys from the USA certainly have a 60s vibe going on, which is very popular throughout at this current point in time. On the BBC "bands to watch" website for the last year, this band has definatly produced one of the albums of the year. Currently unrivaled in their type and style of music, i expect only better things from this band. Thier quirky style, instumental and vocally, seems timeless. A happily charged group of songs that will keep a smile on your face, and definatly stick in your mind, going round and round all day long. There is more to come from MGMT, and it can surely only get better.

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                        Disc #1 Tracklisting
                        1 Time To Pretend
                        2 Weekend Wars
                        3 Youth
                        4 Electric Feel
                        5 Kids
                        6 4th Dimensional Transition
                        7 Pieces Of What
                        8 Of Moons Birds And Monsters
                        9 Handshake
                        10 Future Reflections
                        11 Electric Feel