Sound — 9
Indie just got alot better. MGMT's Oracular Spectacular is the all time high in Indie music today. The sound is such a breath of fresh air compared to the Indie that I've been hearing recently. The Band Of Horses sound has grown a little stale and thats the majority of what I've been hearing. The album opens with the song Time To Pretend, an amazing catchy song with a nice upbeat sound. Coming Right after Time To Pretend is Weekend Wars, with a interesting quality of humbleness. Following is The Youth. With the songs unique story sounding style and sad melow quality it makes a highlight on this album. And then comes Electric Feel, the real highlight of the CD. it's highly unique mellow dance sound that has a touch of pop and electronica with its Indie sound makes it a the top song on the album. Then comes Kids another fun electronica sounding song with a catchy intro good beat and strong tempo. 4th Dimensional Transition sounds like a White Stripes song with more going on in the backround. Pieces Of What has that Rolling Stone's acoustic quality but inovated newness that makes it another great song. Of Moons, Birds & Monsters is another cool really Indie sounding song with a fun beat and catchy sound. The Handshake sounds a lot like an acoustic Band Of Horses song but with a empowering quality on it. Future Reflections closes the album with a nice sound but makes you feel like there wasnt enough in it, making the album feel like it should be longer.
Lyrics — 8
Lyrically the album is a little kiddish but it is made up by great vocals and interesting sound qualities. Some songs that stuck out were Time To Pretend, with it's live fast die young slogan it has quite a fun sound that could not be recreated throughout the rest of the CD. Another was Electric Feel with a interesting sound and vocal style, but good wholesom storylike lyrics about an "electric feel". The Youth has some quality lyrics about the youth and make it another one on the album that should be recognized.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall it strikes me as an amazing Indie album but comparing it to American Beauty by The Grateful Dead and other famous ones it is just another album. It is a real breath of fresh air from the regular White Stripes/Band Of Horses sound that is starting to dull down ever since Fully Flared got old (sorry Guy). It lacks a lyrical seriousness but creates a fun vibe that you can enjoy.