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Oracular Spectacular [Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics]

Mgmt Audio CD
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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

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Forty years after the Summer of Love (and 30 years after the Summer of Hate), MGMT is celebrating the grand re-opening of the third eye of the world with Oracular Spectacular, an enigmatic and prophetic collection of hallucinatory sounds and hook-riddled Pop tones for the new millennium. MGMT is: Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, two psychic pilgrims whose paths first intersected in the green pastures of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, circa 2002. The pair was drawn to the music of other duos and found themselves incorporating the implications of the hallucinatory power-twee of the Incredible String Band, the roaring subway minimalist Electronica of Suicide, the silky Pop-Soul of Hall & Oates, the pulsing narcotic trance of Spacemen 3, the avant-garde Industrial romanticism of Royal Trux and much more into the constantly evolving sounds of MGMT. Columbia. 2008.


Oracular Spectacular's intriguing cover image features two members of what looks to be the Lost Tribe of Androgynously Handsome Nu-Rave Hippie Natives from Thunderdome. The boys on the cover are MGMT, the highly talented, multi-instrumentalist duo of Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Van Wyngarden. Bowie, Muse, Pulp, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Daft Punk, and other major players in the canon of postmodern pomp-pop clearly loom large in MGMT's universe. The group's lyrics play figurative dress-up, too, as when, on "Time to Pretend," the pair imagine that they're already rich and famous. But like the worst of Bowie (Tin Machine, anyone?), these lyrics and music unfortunately ring false, not unreal, per se, but as if not enough effort were put into the endeavor. Stylistically divergent songs like "The Handshake," "Youth," "Electric Feel," and "Weekend Wars" have a lot going for them, and the album is ultimately a promising debut. It just happens to sound like a wayward mix tape. Hopefully, successive albums will have both the cojones and the cohesion missing here. --Mike McGonigal

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4.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular "Oracular" June 26 2008
Format:Audio CD
Putting a label on the debut album by MGMT is a toughie. They're sort of a synth-psychedelic-space-indie-noisepop band.

And they break an awful lot of rules in their debut album "Oracular Spectacular," a vibrant, colorful little album that sounds like a cascade of summer flowers. They have a few wrinkles yet to iron out, but their music has a unique and striking sound, and they obviously know how to craft solid pop music with a foot-tapping beat, and a slightly eerie sound.

It opens with squeaks, bubbling noises, and finally with a slow-building electric riff smothered in twisted synth. "I'm feelin' rough, I'm feelin' raw, I'm in the prime of my life/Let's make some music make some money find some models for wives... This is our decision to live fast and die young/We've got the vision, now let's have some fun..." the soft layered vocals intone.

Well, at least there's no pretense about plans for the future, even if it means "I'll miss my sister, miss my father, miss my dog and my home," and ends up with divorce, more models, and "We'll choke on our vomit and that will be the end/We were fated to pretend."

They slow down a little with the guitar-led, sparkling pop of "Weekend Wars," and the shimmering psychedelic echoes of the languid "The Youth" ("We could flood the streets/with love or light or heat/whatever!"). But then they happily speed back up again -- beat-heavy funky tunes, undulating playful synthpop, and rapid-pattering electronic psychedelica. Styles are jumbled seamlessly.

As the album's end approaches, the songs get even more complex, as if the band is learning the ropes as they go along.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good not great March 4 2014
By ty
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
The A-side of this album is legendary. Wish I could say the same for the B-side. I still enjoy the B-side of this record to some degree, but it doesn't have the same upbeat feel as the A-side/singles. If you're expecting most of the album to sound like "time to pretend" "kids" and "electric feel" that is not the case.
Think of it like this… The A-side is a great album to spin before the bar. The B-side is something to listen to after the bar at 4am in a gloomy basement.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good album Jan. 26 2013
By Malcolm
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
Solid record from start to finish. Received it within three days of ordering it which was cool. You should buy this. Do it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alternative Pop album of the year Oct. 30 2009
Format:Audio CD
From start to finish, this album is indeed as the title says, "spectacular". Not a song on this that I would even class as so-so. Reminds me of Radiohead with their own unique vocals and stylings. Must have in the collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oracular! April 18 2009
By Marz
Format:Audio CD
This album is genius! Inspiring from beginning to end, epic at times and truly original. The 70s and 80s are definitely an influence in this brilliant music by MGMT - they just beautifully take it to the next level with some awesome electropop-ish mastery. This is a classic in the making and I can't wait to hear more MGMT!

Be sure to check out this album on amazon.com to listen to the samples.
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