Tuesday, April 13, 2010

MGMT

Add Date: April 13

Artist: MGMT

Album: Congratulations

Label: Columbia

Genre: Rock, psych rock

Comments: MGMT's 2008 debut, Oracular Spectacular, quickly propelled the band to stardom. "Kids" and "Electric Feel" had great crossover appeal, and "Weekend Wars" and "The Youth" were pretty solid jams, too. But without looking, can you name a single track from the second half of that LP? Didn't think so.

For the followup, Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Van Wyngarden have made their first really good album. It's consistent from start to finish, yet it also may not be what you expect from MGMT. The band is less reliant on electropop flourishes, focusing more on psychedelia--which, while not necessarily prevalent, was certainly noticeable throughout Oracular Spectacular. That's not to say there aren't any danceable numbers or catchy singles (go right to "Flash Delirium" and then to "Brian Eno"), but when the band launches into a 12-minute, Pink Floyd-inspired jam like "Siberian Breaks," it makes sense in the context of the record as a whole. The band has hit its target on Congratulations; now, the big question is whether they'll reel in the casual fans who swayed along to "Kids."

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