MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

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Album Review

Release date: 02 July 2008

MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

MGMT

Oracular Spectacular

It’s safe to say that, back in November, had anyone asked us which band’s album would be the first of the new year rush-released due to unprecedented demand, our answer would emphatically have been: “Not MGMT”. That’s not because the self-styled ’70s futurists seemed in any way undeserving of the current furore. It’s only because the last time an album was fast-tracked this...

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  • Feb 26, 2008

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MGMT - Oracular Spectacular: Wikipedia Album Entry

Oracular Spectacular is the first major label studio album by Brooklyn, New York psychedelic band MGMT, released digitally October 2, 2007 on Columbia Records, available in CD & LP formats from January 22, 2008. The album, which has sold over 1 million copies worldwide, was nominated for best international album in the 2009 BRIT Awards. It features new versions of both "Kids" and "Time to Pretend", songs from their previous release, Time to Pretend EP (2005), the opening track serving as a "mission statement" and theme continued through the proceeding tracks. Pitchfork Media compared MGMT to Muse and Mew, but weaving in an early 90s Britpop sound. Prefix Magazine said the album "sounds like a college-dorm experiment gone horribly right." It was named the best album of 2008 by NME. In 2009, Rolling Stone named it the 18th best album of the decade.

Rolling Stone (p.82) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "There are hints of Joy Division and Sixties nostalgia both acid-tinged and bluesy, but ORACULAR SPECTACULAR's playfulness and remarkable density are best displayed on 'Electric Feel'..."
Rolling Stone (p.92) - Ranked #31 in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of 2008 -- "It's acid rock for realists."
Spin (p.51) - Ranked #10 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "[A] state-of-the-art party album."
Uncut (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "MGMT offer a series of rock pastiches so joyously over-egged that they become something new and celebratory. A sugary feast for the senses."
Alternative Press (p.115) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "ORACULAR is thick with countless layers of electronics, live instrumentation and vocal harmonies....It's brilliant."
Q (Magazine) (p.138) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] collection of ambitiously stitched-together genres, all massaged into punchy cohesion by Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann. It's a bold debut."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.66) - Ranked #36 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "[With] wild reverbs, huge keyboards and slippery lyrics..."
Harp (magazine) (p.104) - "Filled with electro-processed recorders, mad Mellotrons, walls of fuzz and finely fingered acoustic guitars to go with MGMT's mystic mountain melodies..."
Clash (magazine) (p.67) - Ranked #13 in Clash's "The 40 Best Albums of 2008" -- "t's raw talent that has kept MGMT afloat through 2008. Long may it do so."
The Word (magazine) (p.106) - "[MGMT] have clearly soaked up a lot of the sort of stuff that bands of their ilk exist for...but, rather charmingly in these dread-heavy times, they dress it all up in expansively positive pop songs that are, generally, high as kites.


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