- Congratulations

MGMT - Congratulations
CRITIC SCORE
69
Based on 25 reviews
2010 Rank: #498 / 824
USER SCORE
78
Based on
137 ratings

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90
AllMusic

From the opening moments of the sublime “It’s Working” all the way to the titular closer, Congratulations is an incredible follow-up from a band that is still maturing into some unknown entity.

80
American Songwriter

MGMT plots a strange course for their listeners with Congratulations, but the material here often exceeds that of the band’s initial full-length.

SiberianBreaks
92
After the nostalgia-fueled, mainstream hit that was Oracular Spectacular, MGMT defy all odds of what they were stereotyped to be by releasing this kaleidoscopic creature that caters to those looking for something a bit more in neo-psychedelia than just a catchy, friendly tune. Thankfully it's not just the breathtaking production from Sonic Boom that pushes this to great heights. Risks like the lengthy, progressive song structures and the larger focus on making a more cohesive album with the ... read more
Sorrugis
81
Has a couple hiccups, but overall it's a great evolution from the mostly cheesy indietronica MGMT cooked up on Oracular Spectacular. Siberian Breaks is incredible.

Loved: It's Working, Siberian Breaks, Congratulations
Liked: Song For Dan Treacy, Someone's Missing, Flash Delirium, Brian Eno
Disliked: I Found A Whistle, Lady Dada's Nightmare
100
knew about MGMT and the album for so long, but never listened to anything besides Electric Feel and Pieces of What. That was a mistake.
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
WildChameleon
82
I like this album and I don't understand some small scores but nevermind !
Psychedelic but accessible, Congratulations is an intelligent arrangement of sounds and vocal's variation. I find this album rather inequal because of the alternance of really good songs (IW, FD and SB for example) and forgettable tracks (SFDT, BE, LDN)

Siberian Breaks is very good, I wish that they'll build tracks like this one.
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DETAILS

April 13, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sony / Label
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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
MISC LISTS
# 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