Oracular Spectacular

MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2007 Ratings: #255 / 626
User Score
Based on 455 ratings
2007 Ratings: #62
October 2, 2007 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia, RED Ink / Label
Dave Fridmann / Producer
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MGMT find kindred spirits in Muse and Mew by dressing their melodies in the fanciful trappings of 1970s British prog, but unlike their contemporaries the duo also weaves in lessons from disco, new-wave synth-pop, and early 90s Britpop.

This is so good

The first half of this album is honestly a 10/10. Songs like Electric Feel and Kids define the 2000s and are easily some of the best tracks we've had of all time..
There are some interesting sonic ideas and catchy hooks but they're mostly ruined by the atrocious vocals.

Lyrics & Themes: 5/10
Performance: 3/10
Arrangement: 6/10
Sonic Palette: 7/10
Tried to listen to something completely out of my comfort zone: something with huge "mainstream appeal" (lol)...

Yeah, that was definitely not my type of music...way too synth-driven and the vocal manipulation was almost obnoxious...

Wouldn't call it bad tho, just not my thing...
This album is carried by Time To Pretend, Electric Feel and Kids

But honestly those songs are SO FUCKING AMAZING so do you really need any more than that!?
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Track List

  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
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