Oracular Spectacular review by MGMT

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  • Released: Jan 22, 2008
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.8 (53 votes)
MGMT: Oracular Spectacular

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.

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    How does someone listen to an amazing multi part song that switches feels effortlessly 4 time in the course of four minutes ending in a breakdown that brings to mind early 70s pink floyd get categorized as "Indy sounding with cool beat and fun sound"? I'm not trying to take them to seriously as they obviously don't but in terms of what of moons birds and monsters accomplishes soundscape wise this isn't really saying anything. Your obviously not a very observant reviewer if you use descriptions for the most varied song on the album that could easily apply to the entire album.
    I'm not usually the dancing type but damnit electric feel makes me want to get up and dance
    pieces of what is prob the best song on the album along with time to pretend
    lefthandman9876 wrote: this album could have been so much better, apart from the singles its just boring derivative prog wannabee stuff i bought this because i was very impressed by there jools holland perfomance, but this was half baked and should have been worked on more before it was released, shame as it could have been really spectacular..
    Have you listened to the newest album, Congratulations? You will be eating your words.