MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
Catalog#: 88697 19512 1
Format: 180 grm Vinyl, LP, Album
Sticker on front reads:
Newly Remastered From The Original Analog Tapes
Featuring "Kids" "Time To Pretend" and "Electric Feel"
Pressed on 180-gram audiophile vinyl
Released: 22 Jan 2008
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Indie Rock
Credits: Artwork By [Art Direction] - Josh Cheuse
Lyrics By - Goldwasser (tracks: A3, A4)
Mastered By - Greg Calbi
Music By, Arranged By, Performer - Goldwasser
Music By, Lyrics By, Arranged By, Performer - VanWyngarden
Producer, Engineer, Mixed By - Dave Fridmann
Notes: Recorded at Tarbox Studios, Cassadega, NY & Context Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Includes code for free mp3 download of the album.
A1 Time To Pretend (4:21)
A2 Weekend Wars (4:12)
A3 The Youth (3:48)
A4 Electric Feel (3:50)
A5 Kids (5:03)
B1 4th Dimensional Transition (3:58)
B2 Pieces Of What (2:44)
B3 Of Moons, Birds & Monsters (4:47)
B4 The Handshake (3:40)
B5 Future Reflections (4:00)
After all, overproduction has a long tradition in rock going all the way back to Phil Spector. Many of the "progressive rock" bands, like Yes and the Moody Blues, specialized in multi-layered opuses.
Even today there are bands that are heirs apparent to that style, like Flaming Lips, Polyphonis Spree, and Arcade Fire.
This band does "overproduction" quite well, and they definitely put across the image of a neo-hippie, hedonistic lifestyle. Just watch their hyper-psychedelic video of "Time to Pretend" and you'll know where their heads are at, as they used to say back in the `60's. That leadoff track gets the album off to a joyous start, and even if you don't subscribe to the drug-culture lifestyle they seem to espouse (sardonically or otherwise - this song is probably one of the factors that earned them an "explicit lyrics" label),
you have to admit it's a fun and freewheeling track.
In fact, there's a lot of bohemian fun and loose song structure throughout this album, infused with some often "retro" engineering tricks.
Another standout track is "Electric Feel", where they lay down one of the funkiest '70's-style grooves I've heard in some time. The energy level seems to flag a little in the latter half, but overall it's an enjoyable LP
MGMT - Kids
God... MGMT is so amazing that I just want to cry when I listen to their songs...
MGMT - The Youth
Somehow their songs really make you contemplate the meaning of life somehow, but in a way that its not what they meant to do....the music is just genius.
MGMT - Time To Pretend
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