- Congratulations

MGMT - Congratulations
CRITIC SCORE
69
Based on 26 reviews
2010 Rank: #491 / 818
USER SCORE
78
Based on
135 ratings

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PopMatters

“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

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.

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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April 13, 2010 / Release Date
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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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