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Monday, April 11, 2011

MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

Well good morning B Siders! It's Monday, and I'm over-the-top tired today. I need something to really pick me up. On Saturday, the HD music channel Palladia showed a documentary about N.E.R.D. Upon talking to Pharrell and Shay - they asked who their favorite new bands were. They both talked about how great MGMT is, and how their music is so fresh and new. I realized that I've never listened to this album in full, and no time was better than the present! MGMT is a Connecticut based band that started making music in 2005. Two guys were attending Wesleyan University and decided to start hanging out and jamming. They had zero intention of forming a band, they simply wanted to groove. When they finally jumped into the band pool, they named themselves "The Management", but since that turned out to be taken, MGMT became the name. They signed to Columbia Records in 2006 - but the opportunity was almost lost. When the A&R man called, they thought it was a joke and hung up the phone initially. Luckily he didn't take it too hard, and continued to pursue the group. This album dropped in October of 2007 and is certified Gold by the RIAA. Seems a hair low, just because of how amazing the track 'Kids' is. Style wise, this has that punk, psychedelic, straight up garage rock feel to it. Depending on which track you're biggest into, you could classify them into a different genre. There isn't much about this album that doesn't make you want to hear more. It's extremely fun, and it doesn't sound like they spend hours and hours in a studio making it "perfect". There are some musical flaws that might actually be intentional, which makes it even better. I have not listened to any other stuff by them, but if this is an indication of the rest, it's a pretty darn good start.

1. Time to Pretend
2. Weekend Wars
3. Youth, The
4. Electric Feel
5. Kids
6. 4th Dimensional Transition
7. Pieces of What
8. Of Moons, Birds & Monsters
9. Handshake, The
10. Future Reflections

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Top 3 Tracks:
1. Kids
2. The Handshake
3. Time To Pretend

3.5 out of 5 stars

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