MGMT - Congratulations

MGMT - Congratulations
CRITIC SCORE
68
Based on 22 reviews
2010 Rank: #382 / 582
USER SCORE
77
Based on
82 ratings

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PopMatters
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“I hope I die before I get sold,” quips MGMT towards the end of Congratulations. It’s a clever one-liner, belied more than a little by the band’s gold-certified, Grammy-recognized stature. That it comes during the heavily anticipated follow-up to a wildly successful debut feels bitingly sarcastic. That it comes halfway through “Siberian Breaks”, however—Congratulations’ prog-inflected, marathon-length center

piece—seems eerily appropriate. The song is the logical culmination of the album’s defiantly anti-commercial tendencies; embodied here, in these fiercely psychedelic 12 minutes and 10 seconds, is its staunch refusal to cater to fan expectations what MGMT is, was, or should be.

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Tiny Mix Tapes
Tiny Mix Tapes

Although it was an unusual move, there’s something noble about the way in which Klaxons reacted to Universal Records’ criticism of their proposed second album: they admitted the label was right. As bassist/falsetto man Jamie Reynolds fessed up to NME in March of last year, the dance-punk quartet had made “a really dense, psychedelic record,” and after meeting with the suits they came to realize it just wasn’t their forte. Whe

ther or not it was the right call remains to be heard — the fact that there’s still no release date on the thing might be a bad sign — but that’s not really the point. It’s just refreshing to hear that a successful pop band made the predictable attempt at grandiose Art, failed, and were willing to admit it before foisting their mistake on the rest of the world.

User Reviews
SiberianBreaks
95
A truly underrated modern psychedelic masterpiece. MGMT use their budget to achieve the right sound they want instead of creating another radio single. At this point, they're doing what they want to do. They don't give a crap about the mainstream audience. An amazing psychedelic surf opera with some seriously beautiful moments and some really fun moments. I'm not shitting, I think Siberian Breaks is one of the greatest tracks ever made.

Favourite tracks: Siberian Breaks, Flash Delirium, It's ... read more
austincrane235
94
Best Track: It's Working, Flash Delirium, or Siberian Breaks
Worst Track: Brian Eno
Most Overrated Track: Song For Dan Treacy
Most Underrated Track: Someone's Missing
AlienMindSet
86
Neo-psychedelia from start to finish.
EvilFoetus
84
Siberian Breaks is just amazing
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DETAILS

RELEASED: April 13, 2010
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Sony
GENRE: Electronic
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 11 - American Songwriter
# 8 - Billboard
# 28 - DIY
# 3 - MOJO
# 19 - NME
# 39 - One Thirty BPM
# 10 - Q Magazine
# 26 - Rhapsody SoundBoard
# 20 - Spin
# 14 - Spinner
# 33 - Stereogum
# 37 - Under the Radar
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# 21 - NPR Listeners (Mid Year)
Track List
  1. It's Working
  2. Song for Dan Treacy
  3. Someone's Missing
  4. Flash Delirium
  5. I Found a Whistle
  6. Siberian Breaks
  7. Brian Eno
  8. Lady Dada's Nightmare
  9. Congratulations
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