This is a Random Album Generator.
One album a day.
From the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Oracular Spectacular

MGMT

2007

Wikipedia

Oracular Spectacular

Rating

3.68

Votes

3875

Reviews

Like a review? Give it a thumb up to help us display relevant reviews!
View Author
2

OVRRTD.

👍
View Author
5

MGMT BAAAAAAAABY

👍
View Author
5

This might be blasphemous, but fuck it - there are shades of David Bowie in here. The hits are here, but the deeper cuts are infinitely listenable. Just an enjoyable album front to back. Best track: Kids

👍
View Author
5

Takes me back to the days when I worked at Subway and would mop the nasty floors jamming to MGMT

👍
View Author
4

Music history is replete with youthful innovators with a deep understanding of past music, displaying a sophisticated command of the genres they were working in. The duo behind MGMT, Andrew Van Wyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, are not that. Rather, they are clever debutantes, skimming along the surface of the last 50 years of pop music, plucking a bit of glam there, a touch of Prince there, a little disco there, some electronica here, a scintilla of psychedelia there, and weaving all these disparate elements into bright, summery pop music. They have an equal partner in Dave Fridmann, whose taste and firm hand on the keel is much appreciated. Fridmann balances analog and digital textures beautifully, and I didn't spot one single horrible synth patch, a small miracle in 2007. Another impressive aspect of Oracular Spectacular is that the duo composed all of the tunes, played all of the instruments, and did all of the arrangements. When I looked up the album on discogs, I fully expected to see session musicians. While Wyngarden and Goldwasser would never be mistaken for virtuosos on their instruments, between them they are competent on drums, keyboards, guitars and bass, at the very least. It doesn't stop there. The pair use their voices intelligently, sometimes going for mellifluence, sometimes a Bowie-esque whine, and still others a Prince-like falsetto. Their tunes are both catchy and display a keen understanding of pop songcraft. The tunes don't always develop in predictable ways. There are surprise changes in tempo, key, and time signatures. And their arrangements are canny, combining the old and the new harmoniously. The music on Oracular Spectacular may be light, fun pop, but there is quite a bit of skill under the hood. This kind of light pop really isn't my kind of thing, but MGMT and Dave Fridmann have done a great job with the concept and material.

👍
View Author
2

Tie-dye bandana hype. I couldn't get on board with the music (or the tie-dye) at the time, and I still don't get it now. Three absolute monster hits and a lot of really dreary filler. Rehashing all the shit parts of the 1970s in a knowing hipster way for the 2000s generation, great.

👍
View Author
2

Oracular Spectacular?....Craptacular more like it.

👍
View Author
3

I can't get on board with management. Bunch of boring clean shirts in their ties and polished shoes. Probably get home and expect their tea to be on the table. A downtrodden wife, who's been slaving away all day and doesn't even get a "thanks". A cottage pie, a cheap bottle of plonk and five minutes of miserable missionary. Makes me sick.

👍
View Author
5

I like adverts they make me buy lots of things to impress my friends and work colleagues

👍
View Author
3

There were some songs on this album that brought back a lot of memories. MGMT sounded familiar but wow those songs were really popular. They're also the best songs on the album, however. Some of the songs are a bit boring but songs like Electric Feel mostly make up for it and maybe it's partially because I recognize them but Time to Pretend, Electric Feel, and Kids are great. That being said, the lyrics are pretty weak throughout the whole album and the production sounds a bit washed out even on my favorite songs. Plus the end of the album is really weak and I skipped several songs on the album on the second listen. The good songs are good but there aren't enough of them to justify a 4th star. Favorite Songs: Time to Pretend, Electric Feel, Kids Least Favorite Song: The Handshake Decent 6/10

👍
View Author
3

The rest of the album doesn't hold up to Time to Pretend, Kids and Electric Feel, but those three are fucking huge tunes...although were played to death a bit at the time. Let's shoot some heroin and fuck with the stars, I suppose.

👍
View Author
1

dog shit. psych music is probably my most listened to genre so its nothing to do with genre, its because its just fucking shite. i feel dirty classifying it as psych, its like an instagram version of being wavy. like some teenager wearing a tie die t shirt and saying 'far out maaaan'.

👍
View Author
1

Elite level singles. Pure hype beyond that. Even worse than I remembered, no nostalgia bump at all here. The lyrics are shockingly poor. Aimed for left field indie-psych, ended up with advert music.

👍
View Author
1

hipster supermarket music

👍
View Author
5

2007: Time To Pretend, Kids, The Youth

👍
View Author
5

Great album

👍
View Author
5

Excellent

👍
View Author
5

One of the best albums of our time. I always come back to it.

👍
View Author
5

His best album

👍
View Author
5

great synth sounds

👍
View Author
5

One of my all-time favourites!

👍
View Author
5

This is my jam. Will always love MGMT

👍
View Author
5

Good

👍
View Author
5

Phenomenal light-pop synth album. I think they’re considered ground-breaking but it doesn’t matter I enjoyed it.

👍
View Author
5

classic MGMT. reminds me of nostalgic college days. energetic and bright.

👍
View Author
5

I'm not sure what my pandemic life has become, but randomly being given a great album I'm very familiar with - is a total bright spot in my day. The first two songs are a fucking knock-out. Both of these songs are a wonder on their own, and give you these little pockets of joy and exquisite noise. It's like how I describe marrying my wife, all of life became so much more and I was transformed into a new and better person. It's like that with MGMT, i can't imagine a world existing without discovering this band and this album. Like the music and melodies always existed and organically came to the surface to make me smile. I enjoy this very much, along with their follow up album. Nothing more to say, essential and five stars.

👍
View Author
5

epic😍😍😍😍

👍
View Author
5

One of my favorite bands. Congratulations is better, but this is a solid debut

👍
View Author
5

Was hard to pick a favorite!

👍
View Author
5

Fuckin solid obviously

👍
View Author
5

Brilliant

👍
View Author
5

AUTOMATICAMENTE 5 ESTRELAS Mesmo que só gostasse das que já conhecia, só pela nostalgia, já daria 5 estrelas, mas não foi o caso

👍
View Author
5

Great 2000's album, reminds me a lot of my teenage years. So danceable, fun grooves now I remember why they were the big deal back in the day.

👍
View Author
5

12 years on and still quality

👍
View Author
5

No questions one of my fav adolescence album

👍
View Author
5

Unbelievable classic

👍
View Author
5

ME ENCANTAN

👍
View Author
5

Dank Moritz herausragender Urlaubs-Playlisten kenne ich ziemlich viele der Songs aber ich wusste nicht, dass die sich alle auf einem großartigen Album befinden. Hit!

👍
View Author
5

Ohne es erneut zu hören, weiß ich, dass ich das Album liebe.

👍
View Author
5

So viele coole Songs, die sowohl als Album, als auch Solo funktionieren. Die synthi-rock Kombi, der teilweise 80er Hall. Nice!

👍
View Author
5

Un disco bien hilado, muy bien hecho, como una mezcla de rock viejito y un sonido más dosmiles, y el hilo conductor es una especie de nostalgia muy relatable.

👍
View Author
5

Loved it

👍
View Author
5

YOOOOOOO I already know the first song and love it. This is gonna be a good album. I know song #4 too?! Love it. #5 is the same album, too?! Bet. Love this music, automatic 5 for me. Don't even have to finish the album to know that.

👍
View Author
5

Byl nieznany pick, to musiala lista zbalansowac czyms co kojarzy chyba kazdy, bo oracular spectacular, to pierwszy album wydany przez powazna wytwornie, w tym wypadku columbia records, zawiera jedne z najbardziej popowych i chwytliwych trakow jakie slyszalem, wiec nie jest dziwne, ze gdy puscilem ten album w samochodzie, to nawet osoby amuzyczne od razu kojarzyly kawalek po pierwszych nutkach, reklama dupla sprzed 10 lat zrobila robote, no i samplowatosc tego materialu, bo sporo murzynow pozyczalo ich beaty, jak nipsey i call from the bank, sporo tez colabowali, moim ulubionym colabem w tym wypadku bedzie spotkanie z kid cudim i ratatatem na pursuit of happiness z czlowieka na ksiezycu 2k09, ale nie jest to w zadnym razie poczatek muzyzkowania dla duetu andrewa vanwyngardena i bena goldwassera, bo chlopaki ktore spotkaly sie na uniwerku i juz graja od 2k02, wiec troche im zajelo sprzedanie sie, przed oracularem spectacularem wydali jeden epek, z ktorego pochodza dwa najwieksze hity oraculara, kids i time to pretend, ktory jest takze tytulem epka i tak samo jak na tej plycie otwiera material, ale jak otwiera, przejscie z time to pretend do oraculara, to zpopowanie swojego brzmienia z nastawieniem na jak najwiekszy sukces komercyjny, cel jak widac zostal osiagniety i plyta jest na liscie, ten album pokazuje, ze nawet psychodeliczne liryki da sie sprzedac, jesli odpowiednio popracuje sie nad brzmieniem, bo to wlasnie ten aspekt najbardziej odroznia pierwszy epek i plyte, jeszcze mocniej synthami, wokale zmodulowane efektami do granic mozliwosci tak aby blendowaly sie z melodia, nie zostalo to za duzo z surowosci wokalowych epki, a to wszystko zeby sie sprzedac, gdybym nie znal calej dyskografii MGMT, to zalozylbym, ze nastepne numery pojada przetartym szlakiem i beda nastawione na jak najwieksze slupki, a sprawa wyglada calkiem inaczej, bo zarowno congratulations jak i eponimowy album sa powrotem do bardziej rokowego brzmienia z mniejszym wykorzystaniem synthow i opartymi na czystych dzwiekach instrumentalnych, bo zapomnialbym wspomniec, ze obaj czlonkowie duetu, to multi instrumentalisci, wiec jesli chodzi o wykorzystane dzwieki calosc byla tworzona przez duet, az dziwne ze album z jednymi z najbardziej popowych trakow w historii jest jednoczesnie jednym z moim ulubionych, stoi za tym kompozycja plyty, pierwsza czesc krazka jest wypakowana do granic mozliwosci hitowymi trakami, to jest 5 kawalkow, od szostego, nazwanego 4th dimensial transition album calkowicie zmienia swoje obliczne i pokazuje, ze MGMT to jednak indyjski rock, a nie sam pop, to tak jakby wydac dwa epki na jednej plycie i ta strona ktora ma sprzedac plyte jest stworzona z zrecyklingowanego materialu juz wczesniej wykorzystanego na time to pretend, natomiast od drugiej strony bije orginalnosc brzmienia, bardziej konserwatywne podejscie do chanelow, jak pieces of what, ktory daje mocno monowe viby, zwlaszcza w koncowce, gdzie na prawym kanale dostajemy wokal, natomiast basy i drumy na lewym, cos niezbyt popowego, ale kto dojdzie do tego momentu, jak na spotifaju, pierwsza strona oscyluje pomiedzy 300-500 milionow odtworzen, a druga strona pomiedzy 9-15 miliona, dopiero takie porownanie dobrze ukazuje to o czym pisalem, dlatego wlasnie jest to jeden z moich ulubionych albumow, ktore ciezko przypisac do konkretnego gatunku, bo tworcy pokazuja, ze potrafia grac cokolwiek w zaleznosci od tego czy chca sprzedac material lub tez grac co im lezy, na plejce juz mam cala pierwsza strone, wiec teraz wypadaloby dodac takze cos z drugiej, a wybor padl na piecies of what i zamykajacy material reflections, a cala plyta leci do spoti biblioteczki gdzie jej miejsce

👍
View Author
5

Beautiful, complex, and apparently a band I've heard a lot of before despite not recognizing the name.

👍
View Author
5

Super fun album, perfect for many many movie soundtracks and why wouldn’t it be. It somehow sounds nostalgic for not a specific time in history but for a time in everyone’s lives which I just think is neat

👍
View Author
5

excelent!

👍
View Author
5

There is no question that Time to Pretend, Electric Feel and Kids are incredibly well written and perfectly executed pop masterpieces that embody the neon soaked electro stylings of the pre '10s Myspace era, but I couldn't help feeling a twinge of cringe when I heard Kids as a direct result of hearing it over and over and over for the past 15 years. When consideration is given to the entire album you realise that MGMT are a highly complex organism that are able to shift from bright accessible electronica into the realm of deep, dark psychedelia with very little warning. Everything from Fourth Dimensional Transition onwards (literal nod to the album's change of pace?) makes it seem as if as if Side 1 and Side 2 were written for completely different audiences. The Handshake is easily my highlight, would love to listen to it in a float tank. This album is clear proof that a band can be far more than their often flogged singles. Maybe the cringe was a result of my own ventures into hair straighteners and side fringes. In any case that time, space and place will live on forever in this album.

👍
View Author
5

The nostalgia is strong with this one

👍
View Author
5

Like a crap calculator user, this album presses a lot of buttons with unexpected results. Some masterpieces on here. Tossing up between 4 & 5, can’t punish it due to a lack of 4.5 option. 5 it is!

👍
View Author
5

1. Time To Pretend: This sounds familiar. Oh I know this!!! I love the sound. I relate to this so much. It’s a little sad at the end. I get the existential nihilism but I hope they change their mind over the album. I love the… synths?… in the background. 2. Weekend Wars: Ugh I love this whole sound. “my predictions are the only things I have” is hell of a lyric. “There’s a reason I don’t win, I don’t know how to begin” 3. Youth: This makes me sad knowing they are probably mid millennials now. Every generation thinks it’s gonna change the world doesn’t it? Or maybe this is about growing up and taking your parents generations place as the adults in the world? This album feels very like “is growing up worth it?” This has a trance-y hypnotic feel because of all the repetition. 4. Electric Feel: I think this song is about the industrial revolution? Or the information (internet)/ technological revolution. They have a lot of repeating musical motifs throughout this album kind of like you notice in Broadway. Oh I love this flute part or whatever is. It sounds kind of Norwegian? Or something like that? Like I’d hear it in Frozen. 5. Kids: Everyone knows this song. I think Gossip Girl or something used it. Crazy how it was huge years after the album came out. I was obsessed with this once. Oh the famous “a family of trees wanted to be haunted” lyric that no one knows what it means but it’s provocative. Really gets the people going. Is this about growing up? Love the instrumental breakdown it’s gorgeous. Growing up and having to take responsibility? Unsure. 6. 4th Dimensional Transition: Pretty sure this is just about sex but it sounds really cool and the metaphors are interesting. I guess not committing though. The outro is so gorgeous. 7. Pieces of What: This sounds somewhat country but weirder. This has a lot of pathos. Not sure why. Idk I’m super into this it makes me feel nostalgic for something I’ve never known. 8. Of Moons, Birds, and Monsters: This is weird af but it sounds cool. What’s it about? Idk. I hear a lot of Lorde in this. I wonder if MGMT is one of her influences. Outro is so good. 9. The Handshake: This has to be the selling out song. MGMT’s hotel California. It’s such a cool song. All over the place like several songs stitched together but haunting and foreboding. 10. Future Reflections: I don’t know what this is about. Modernity maybe. But it’s gorgeous. Oracular means: relating to an oracle/hard to interpret/enigmatic/ utterance that seems to come from special inspiration or authority/prophetic Spectacular: beautiful in a dramatic or eye-catching way/ an event such as a pageant or musical, produced on a large scale and with striking effects/striking, sensational, notable for size or beauty Oracular Spectacular is a perfect name for this album. (Future Nostalgia could never) I love this. It’s like a perfect listening experience in the same way that melodrama is. And I feel like you probably pick up more and more on subsequent listens. This is going on my album rotation. Curious to see where the band went from here. 2nd listen: 1. Such a good opening track for a debut 2. I guess I just like trippy-ish music. This sounds Beatles-ish meets solar power Lorde but that might be boss baby syndrome. I just am into the vocals and the atmosphere. 3. This gets a little sinister cultish sounding towards the end? But I like it? It’s like yay! Growing up! Oh wait. Growing up. Or it’s starts out good intentioned but ends up really sinister. 4. I fucking love this song. Everyone says it’s about sex or ahuayasca but I still think it’s about technological innovation/Revolution and how it changed the world and how we felt about it at the start (before we knew the consequences) and the band straight up said it’s about electricity 5. If you don’t/didnt like this song at some point you have superpowers. But in context of the album (which seems very reluctantly coming to grasps with coming into adulthood both as an individual and a generation and a human race) it fits so well. I love love the bridge part. Second half of the album is apparently controversial about if it holds up to the first half. 6. This is the sex/drugs song though clearly. It has no hook but it’s atmospheric af. 7. I just really like this. I’ve never heard anything else like it. It’s like a trippy fucking Jack Johnson song or something but make it country on lsd. Love the beat pick up at the end. 8. I just love the instrumentals of this. Can’t make out the lyrics at all really. 9. I never get tired of the songs about selling out for fame. They’re always so sinister and cool. The handshake under our tongue being a reference to hiding pills under your tongue instead of taking them is clever af though / the whistling at the end is so eerie. 10. Is that an organ? Or an organ sounding synth? The vocals on this are higher in the mix then anything else. The end reminds me of something more recent. It’s like a trippy oceanic feeling. I really loved this album. I might change the tracklist order eventually but there are no skips.

👍
View Author
5

Nostalgia clouded rating! This album (and more specifically "Kids") was ubiquitous when I was doing snowboard seasons. I subsequently listened to this album a lot and have grown to love it. It makes fun noises!

👍
View Author
5

Own it, love it.

👍
View Author
5

Pleasingly proggy, I wish I'd listened to it sooner.

👍
View Author
5

Love this album so much I didn't even bother listening again.

👍
View Author
5

A ver, si es que tiene todos los temazos... (Voviendo a escribir en esta weá)

👍
View Author
5

Love this album. Such a nostalgic listen, easy to see how influential this was on indie/alt music

👍
View Author
5

One of my favorite albums of all time, every track is a hit. Still holds up. First time listening in probably 10 years.

👍
View Author
5

Great record

👍
View Author
5

This is a fantastic album. When I saw it I wondered whether my love of it was just nostalgia for the time but it is genuinely a great album. I remember when it came out it felt so cool and different to a lot of other stuff and the whole aesthetic of it felt so fresh.

👍
View Author
5

I am super impressed. I remember the hits from high school, but the album as a whole is great work in this genre. Great melodies, catchy synth parts, varying rhythms. Great work! An example for Indie!

👍
View Author
5

Com si d’un disc de vinil es tractés (l’obra es va publicar abans de l’arribada de la segona época dorada del vinil), el cd es composa de dos parts molt diferenciades. Les primeres cinc cançons són composicions pop perfectes, banda sonora ideal de la segona meitat dels 00’s, fresca i original, que ens transporta a tots els que la vam viure als millors moments d’aquells anys. La segona part és més densa, fosca i complexa, pista de per on anirien les coses en els següents dos discos del duet, abans que recuperessin la inspiració pop a ‘Little Dark Age’. No desmereix, però, i tot i estar lluny de l’efectisme meritori de la primera meitat, és la que aporta gran part de la vigència a llarg termini del disc

👍
View Author
5

A familiar start that took me back to being a teenager, still a fantastic album after all these years.

👍
View Author
5

Awesome album. They have such a cool sound, unique music!

👍
View Author
5

Great album! Love me some MGMT!

👍
View Author
5

Groovy

👍
View Author
5

Awesome album! Much more depth than I was expecting.

👍
View Author
5

Yes and also yes

👍
View Author
5

Never listened to this whole thing, find it very engaging

👍
View Author
5

College nostalgia dictates that I give this 5 stars. But really there are some great songs on here. Electric Feel has been in my brain for 15 years

👍
View Author
5

Weird. Messy. And most importantly, mind-blowing. These experiences are why I signed up for this project. This is a unique, unusual, and beautiful discovery for me. It's not easy to describe its sound, but I think the cover art tells a lot about it. Two seemingly hipster men on a beach, which is painted in a vibrant scheme of blue and purple. That perfectly sums up the album. It's hipster-ish, as some less enthusiastic people put it, yet it's oddly moving. It was like walking along a surreal beach built by those synth (?) riffs. It was like musical psychedelic trip, with a nice uplifting build-up. What happened to this type of music when artists like LANY and The Chainsmokers brought it to the mainstream in early 2010's? Whatever, I'm still glad that I discovered this gem. It might not be one of the best pop albums of the recent times, but it sure is the most mood elevating album that I have ever heard so far.

👍
View Author
5

Of Moons, Birds & Monsters and Time to Pretend are the best songs of all time. The production is intricate and I'm so proud of the accomplishments being that this album was made 2006-2008.

👍
View Author
5

This album has some of my favourite singles of all time and the album tracks are way better than they're usually given credit for.

👍
View Author
5

already have it!

👍
View Author
5

I love this so much!

👍
View Author
5

Time to Pretend, Electric Feel i Kids przesuper, generalnie bardzo spoko album, chyba jedyny utwor ktory srednio mi sie podobal to of moons, birds & monsters.

👍
View Author
5

Mama mia

👍
View Author
5

This album is perfect. Absolutely one of the best albums of the 00s.

👍
View Author
5

Still a great album. Time to Pretend and Electric Feel are my favourite tracks.

👍
View Author
5

On paper, I shouldn't like MGMT. It's electronic indie-pop. But MGMT manage to avoid all of the pitfalls of their peers by creating compelling rhythms and melodies accompanied by fun and surprisingly coherent lyrics. This whole album was just a jam. Each successive track built a mood that I found compelling. By the end, I was involuntarily tapping my feet and bobbing my head. It's a great album.

👍
View Author
5

I haven’t listened to this whole album before but have heard about it. It did not disappoint. Great album for such a weird and out there sound.

👍
View Author
5

phenomenal. great listen when you want to feel relaxed and cool.

👍
View Author
4

Pretty cool.

👍
View Author
4

Lots of catchy pop tunes on this one. I'd give this one another listen anytime; really enjoyed it.

👍
View Author
4

ooh i actually enjoyed this one! very good vibes thank you

👍
View Author
4

Good debut

👍
View Author
4

I liked this a lot more than I expected. First half is stronger than the second. Other than "Pieces of What", this album has solid offerings.

👍
View Author
4

Some creative, distinctive melodies in here.

👍
View Author
4

Kova!

👍
View Author
4

This is always a fun listen, great album 7,9/10

👍
View Author
4

vibes & kenn ich irgendwoher

👍
View Author
4

4! Never listened to this album straight in one sitting before. Really dig the sound. Very unique and upbeat

👍
View Author
4

Good album, but I lost a bit of interest towards the end.

👍
View Author
4

Few tracks were impressive but the entire album was not so memorable.

👍
View Author
4

Really enjoyed it and will listen again.

👍
View Author
4

Probably made for mushrooms, but still good

👍
View Author
4

A little bit quiet-rambly in first, but really picked up in the second half. I was a bit worried that I wasn't going to enjoy it as much as expected, but I think a couple more listens will help me to really pick it apart.

👍
View Author
4

- this feels unfair -"pieces of what" sounds like mick jagger -realizing I do not know what songs 6-10 sound like on this album - i'm grabbing onto the second half less, its like congratulations

👍
View Author
4

The 'big' songs from this album are a little more pop-like, but there are a lot of interesting trippy songs too.

👍
View Author
4

Great indie debur album. Some amazing hits and some more niche bangers. Great stuff.

👍
View Author
4

The good tracks are so good and well-produced! But the few annoying songs and all the abrasive leads knock a start off for me.

👍
View Author
4

Has a couple of the best indie songs ever released. Moments of pure musical trailblazing. The rest of it is a bit mush tho.

👍
View Author
4

if you’re not listening to this on a high volume with headphones - it’s not going to sound that great, I didn’t like this album as much as I anticipated but I can’t deny how good some of these songs make you (electric) feel

👍
View Author
4

This album is _spectacular_. Almost the anthem of my youth, almost.

👍
View Author
4

Noice

👍
View Author
4

solid fun

👍
View Author
4

This album always surprises me in how eclectic, fun, and jammy it is.

👍
View Author
4

Quite a few songs on this that I know that I didn’t know were them. Good stuff

👍
View Author
4

i loved this album when it came out, although i didnt necessarily listen to it, seeing the cover brought back memories.

👍
View Author
4

Handful of excellent tracks; fun, experimental, electronic and catchy. This was the album that got me into MGMT, and remains their best release.

👍
View Author
4

Really good throughout

👍
View Author
4

Waaaay better than I thought it would be, perfect rainy day emo album

👍
View Author
4

4 - Nostalgiekick

👍
View Author
4

Kids is such an iconic song. Very nostalgic.

👍
View Author
4

Another contemporary classic. it kinda drags towards the end but its very good.

👍
View Author
4

Got that Justice feel to it, with less edm and more pop. fucks wit it. I like The Youth. Electric Feel is ofc a bop. Like the leads in Kids, a good ass head bop. Overall good, might need to listen a few more times.

👍
View Author
4

Good alternative pop album that has roots that go back to childhood for me. Bittersweet but also somber memories; it's perception is highly affected by the past. Listening to the entirety of the album with an adult perspective was enjoyable, though.

👍
View Author
4

Loved the singles, other songs were just medium good to good for me

👍
View Author
4

Loved it!

👍
View Author
4

Gran actualización, por decirlo así, de lo psicodélico. Creo que nunca le había puesto atención de esa manera, quizá porque era un poco un disco olvidado de la prepa, pero bueno, "Time To Pretend" y "Kids" siguen teniendo para mí este toque de himno adolescente. Creo que ahora me gustaron mucho "The Youth" y sobre todo, "4th Dimensional Transition". MGMT ya estaba montado en la moda (?) de que la voz sonara culera, pero bien producida, no sé cómo explicarlo mejor. Muy ligerito, a gusto, buenos recuerdos. 8/10

👍
View Author
4

A classic when it came out!

👍
View Author
4

Un álbum del que me he quedado con varios éxitos como kids, electric feel y time to pretend. Ahora que es la primera vez que lo escucho completo me agradó, sobretodo 4th dimensional transition que jamás la había esuchado, por otra parte no le daré el 5 porque, fuera de los singles que ya conocia, no me entusiasmo mucho lo demás.

👍
View Author
4

Loved some of these

👍
View Author
4

Pretty good stuff. I'd like to listen to this again. 3RS

👍
View Author
4

some classics + some non-classics to bridge together the classics

👍
View Author
4

I rated all the songs individually (out of five) and got 3.8 so let's round that up to 4. Issues are that I think the singer doesn't have a good enough voice to make the long drawn out parts enjoyable enough. But some songs on this album slap hard.

👍
View Author
4

Otimo pra usar dorgas e assistir os videos

👍
View Author
4

4/5 not too shabby! I could buy it...

👍
View Author
4

trippy pop that had its perfect moment in time, and some of the songs still really hold up. Knocking one star off as they were surprisingly flat live

👍
View Author
4

Gestern noch drei Sterne, heute vier. Hab die ersten 3-4 :) Songs nochmal gehört und mach den Flow und die unaufdringliche Art.

👍
View Author
4

So many great tunes. Time to Pretend will forever be a pump up jam

👍
View Author
4

Great album, never listened all the way through

👍
View Author
4

Nostalgic. Top songs: kids, time to pretend, electric feel

👍
View Author
4

A great album which still holds up. Some classic tracks which always take me back

👍
View Author
4

4.5/5 very good album with no bad songs

👍
View Author
4

a few great songs, lacking overall

👍
View Author
4

Really great record. Some classic naughties singles. Fantastic production throughout

👍
View Author
4

Enjoyed the album. Different and unexpected.

👍
View Author
4

It has "Kids" and "Time to Pretend". Not much more to be said really, a luscious slice of indie electro pop

👍
View Author
4

Ya lo había escuchado antes. Es un muy buen disco, principalmente la primera mitad, la segunda mitad no es mala, pero tiene menos fuerza que las primeras 5 canciones. Aún así es de los mejores discos que he escuchado.

👍
View Author
4

Three singles that made up college

👍
View Author
4

Very nice, some classic (if overplayed) tunes, but a solid album overall. 3.5

👍
View Author
4

OH MY GOD THAT FIRST SONG. I RECOGNIZE THAT MELODY! Another song title to put to a melody I've heard from my childhood. neat. (Time to Pretend) The melody from [Kids] too apparently. Reawakened latent memories in me.

👍
View Author
4

I like this group and enjoyed this album!

👍
View Author
4

Some good tracks, some medium tracks. Overall quite nice

👍
View Author
4

enjoyed it

👍
View Author
4

4/5

👍
View Author
4

This was great, some strong melodies and lyrics. Unexpected to be honest. Goes to show when you like one song (Electric Feel in my case) you should go on to give the album at least one listen.

👍
View Author
4

Decent, some really good songs

👍
View Author
4

First half of the album is spectacular

👍
View Author
4

Whoo hoooooo good memories of this album

👍
View Author
4

Surprisingly better than my first impression led me to believe. One of those albums I could see myself listening to on a rainy day, walking around in a sort of trance

👍
View Author
4

First 5 tracks are great, slips away after that. Slightly coloured by the fact that I loved this album when I was 19, but just a great sound.

👍
View Author
4

I can't believe this is from 14 years ago. That seems weird. But I was really into this when it came out and I still like it a lot.

👍
View Author
4

I wouldn't call it psychadelic, but it is good

👍
View Author
4

Some high hits and some misses.

👍
View Author
4

Yeah, I really like MGMT. This album is pretty epic and spawned plenty of imitators. But nobody quite managed the big sound / ironic sneer / catchy and moody psych pop sound like these guys.

👍
View Author
4

Do-do do-do doo do-do doo doo

👍
View Author
4

A cracker and not one i know that well

👍
View Author
4

Well it's Orac Spectac, an album that influenced a generation of indie artists. Been a while since I listened to it, but front to back it's a genuinely great album with great track variety. Pieces of What is def my favorite, I'm upset I skipped over it for all these years. The Handshake also slaps.

👍
View Author
4

When your 3 biggest songs come off of your first LP, you're gonna have a bad time (living up to that hype). Seriously, this album helped shape some of my more formative years and continues to have songs in my regular rotation.

👍
View Author
4

Solid album. The Handshake is going to stay with me for a long time. However, beyond that and the singles, not much else from the album resonates with me.

👍
View Author
4

Time to Pretend is an earnest repudiation of fame and fortune from someone who feels trapped inescapably. I am really digging this blown out eletro pop sound. Of Moons Birds and Monsters provides a lot of needed breathing on the album as a whole, though the back half, with the exception of Kids, is kess impressive than the first half.

👍
View Author
4

I might have heard Youth somewhere at some point before. The start of Eletric Feel has some oriental air there. Sort of in favour of Pieces of What.

👍
View Author
4

It holds up! And what ever happened to MGMT. Some absolute bangers in here, but why didn't we hear of them after this? Did their other albums suck? Giving this a 4 star cos I wasn't super in love with every song and you've got to save the 5 stars for the really special stuff

👍
View Author
4

A classic. I was surprised that there were songs on there I didn't know, I guess I have never listened to the whole thing, enjoyed those ones but the old bangers are by far the best

👍
View Author
4

LOVE this album!! Spacey tunes, beginning of the album is banger after banger and the less popular second half of the album is still really enjoyable in a different way. Brings back great memories of seeing them live and really enjoying myself. Listening makes me so happy and puts me in a great mood!

👍
View Author
4

Liked it a lot! Already knew 4 songs from high school times but the rest was brand new. Kids is a classic for my generation. Enjoyed the rock/electronica sound and the thom-yorke-esque singing. Good stuff

👍
View Author
4

Somehow this passed me by, tho I knew a couple of the hits. Enjoyable

👍
View Author
4

Easy enjoyable indie pop/rock with synth elements

👍
View Author
4

A classic indie album. Psychedelic pop? Indie rock? Who cares, just enjoy it. Favorite Track: Time to Pretend Relisten: Yes

👍
View Author
4

Critical listening for my late high school years. Still a great album to boot.

👍
View Author
4

Great debut album for psychedelic pop band.

👍
View Author
4

The singles are three of the best pop songs from the 2000s. The rest is pretty alright. 8/10

👍
View Author
4

7/10. A lot of stuff I've heard on the radio growing up, but not really my style after the nostalgia wears off.

👍
View Author
4

The rest of the album didn’t quite live up to the singles, but overall an enjoyable pop album nonetheless. 7/10

👍
View Author
4

Love it but I’m biased because I know it well a three great songs in here and a set of other good ones and flows well

👍
View Author
4

7.5/10

👍
View Author
4

I feel like the only 22 year old who hasn't heard any of these songs before... maybe "Electric Feel" sounds a bit familiar, but here's a fresh opinion for you. I'm actually impressed by this modern pop album. The entire first half is really impressive. You have a ton of really creative synths attributed to modern production to create two entirely different moods: disco-like dance hits and mellower psychedelic trips. The track "Of Moons Birds & Monsters" is the perfect blend of both styles. Being a baroque pop fan, I'm actually partial to the less popular tracks like the chamber repetition of "The Youth" or the dark retrowave of "The Handshake." Ironically, a candidate for my least favorite track is the most popular, "Kids," which is mostly boring repetitive techno and annoying raised vocals. The synth rock solos tend to be my favorite parts of these songs. They're all very different from each other, evoking a variety of emotions. "4th Dimensional Transition" does this a lot throughout the song. It's also the little things like the trippy orchestral instruments coming in and out all at once at varying speeds, or their voices suddenly changing volume, that give these songs character, making it impossible for me to dislike almost any of them.

👍
View Author
4

This takes me back a bit. I had a phase of being very into this brand of indie-pop during the early to mid 2010s. I don't care much for the style anymore, but this is still a pretty good album. The difference between the best and the worst tracks is a bit too big. But the worst tracks are also still very listenable.

👍
View Author
4

Enjoyed

👍
View Author
4

I think I heard this once or twice when it came out but didn't have much memory of it. As soon as the first track kicked off it all came back, though - very distinctive poppy sound! I can dig it. Fave track - "Time to Pretend" and "Kids" - both pretty iconic!

👍
View Author
4

The singing is hit and miss, but I do like the music throughout. Several of the songs are instantly recognizable because of their distinctive tone and catchy licks.

👍
View Author
4

very pleasant album, I already knew some of the songs, great melodies and vibe

👍
View Author
4

Got those earworms.

👍
View Author
4

I really dig it

👍
View Author
4

What a fun album.

👍
View Author
4

Pretty dope album. Outside of the really nostalgic classics on this thing, the other tracks are equally as creative and interesting. I’ll def be coming back to it 8/10

👍
View Author
4

Great, first half is amazing

👍
View Author
4

This was the hotness when I was in college. Definitely fun to listen back to it now knowing a bit more about synthesizers and sound-creation. MGMT had that great mix of vocal-pop hooks and delicious synthy vibes. I think there are a ton of bands that wouldn't exist if MGMT didn't have the success they did. I've enjoyed listening to some of the lesser known songs on here, I've heard them but it's been a while. Weekend Wars sort of has a proto-punk vocal delivery, also sort of Freddie Mercury vibe. Thematically at the time it felt like it captured the millennial energy of both being worn down but still happy enough to wanna party. Only problem is songs like Electric Feel and Kids have been so overplayed that they don't mean much to me anymore.

👍
View Author
4

On the first side of this they are pretty much on fire. Loses some steam on side 2 but still very enjoyable. Psychedelic pop gets a modern makeover. Genuine fun.

👍
View Author
4

I remembered more of these songs that I thought I would. I had been thinking of them as one hit wonders with Electric Feel but that is really not the case. They really have a great sound.

👍
View Author
4

The bloom is off the rose with this knowing that nothing after really stands up but the highs are SO high here

👍
View Author
4

A real gem. Upset it took me this long to listen to it.

👍
View Author
4

Bardzo mi się przyjemnie tego słuchało. Wydaje się, że jestem w gronie nielicznych, którzy nie słyszeli tych gości nigdy (poza jakimś featem jednym) wcześniej. Bardzo wesoły vibe, te synthowe wstawki mi się mega podobają, kilka przyjemnych hiciorków. Nie jest to album przełomowy, ale czy musi być? Większość na razie nie była Solidną 4 wystawiam, chętnie wrócę.

👍
View Author
4

Time to Pretened i The Youth gigakoks, reszta również przyjemna do słuchania. Na tyle zróżnicowane, że nie nudziło mi się w żadnym miejscu. Kilka bardzo ciekawych syntezatorowych fragmentów, które bardzo poprawiały mój ogólny enjoyment ze słuchania tego albumu.

👍
View Author
4

Coś bardziej współczesnego, co idealnie wpisuje się w gatunki, jakich ostatnio słuchałem. Świetnie wkomponowane, z perspektywy czasu ikoniczne dla MGMT syntezatory, w połączeniu z klasycznymi instrumentami dają naprawdę ciekawą i intrygującą warstwę muzyczną, do tego przyjemny i poprawny wokal. To wszystko złożyło się na kilka tak chwytliwych i przyjemnych utworów z tego albumu, które na przestrzeni kolejnych lat został wielokrotnie samplowane i wykorzystywane chociażby w reklamach czy flagowych grach dużych wydawnictw (FIFA, patrzę na Ciebie). Momentami w wydźwięku lekko psychodeliczny, album ma swoje lepsze i gorsze momenty - na przykład Pieces of What czy The Handshake brakuje jasnej struktury czy charakterystycznych elementów. Niemniej album zasługuje na solidne 4.

👍
View Author
4

This is, to put it simply, peak background music. There's a reason most people will know at least two tracks from this album. It enchances basically everything you do, it's not intrusive, it's interesting enough to warrant moments of attention but not aggresively enough as to be distracting. The instrumentation is varied, the tracks are distinct yet flow together well, really if only it had any song that's stand-out catchy or deep enough to really bite into and think about it'd be perfect. Alas, it does not have them, so it remains a pinacle of 4/5. Greatly pleasurable listening experience.

👍
View Author
4

-Cool keyboards going in the left ear in "Weekend Wars" -Cool vibes in "4th Dimensional Transition" and "Moons, Birds & Monsters" -Love the end of "The Handshake" -some very respectable musical thingies happening here

👍
View Author
4

i was familiar with kids and electric feel but i’d never heard any other songs and i really enjoyed them. i thought they had a new sort of sound to them that were kind of unique but not too much in a way that was reaching. my only thing is that some of the songs got to be unnecessarily lengthy and repetitive, but other than that i really enjoyed.

👍
View Author
4

Favorite Track - Time to Pretend Where I was - Everywhere How I listened - Amazon music on speakers Listen Again? - YES!

👍
View Author
4

Eerste helft is iets vrolijker en gevarieerder. De 2e helft wat meer dromerig. Goed album, maar mist wat 'geheel'

👍
View Author
4

Effective mix of synths, indie and danceability + bangerz

👍
View Author
4

i know this album well. i like it. kind of got played a bit to much during my party days tho.

👍
View Author
4

I don't like a lot of synth music but this is a solid album.

👍
View Author
4

A great album I have heard many times before

👍
View Author
4

Skemmtileg plata!

👍
View Author
4

At the time I thought this was more of a singles band: the singles are all 5-star and instantly recognizable. In fact, the whole first half of the album is 5-star and then it drops a bit: a score of 8/10 seems about right to me.

👍
View Author
4

Great modern indie pop. Tunes galore with bubbling synths and more hooks than a bait shop. Best Tracks: Time To Pretend; Electric Feel; Kids

👍
View Author
4

I quite enjoyed this modern rock album

👍
View Author
4

The 2000s were a great time for indie rock/pop type music, and MGMT was leading the way during this time with a fairly unique sound in a psychedelic indie pop mashup. Not only did they pave their sound in a sea of indie pop bands, many of which sounded the same, but they hit the nail on the head on their first try with this debut album. Electric Feel, Time to Pretend, and Kids felt revolutionary at the time, and honestly, that still holds true today. The lyrics are catchy, the rhythms are catchy, the distorted composition are catchy. And though there have been attempts, there is nothing else quite like these tracks. The chorus from Kids, while so simple, has also always stuck with me: "control yourself / take only what you need from it / a family of trees wanting / to be haunted". It's a message about the planet literally giving itself over to be used by its human inhabitants, and that as a result, we have an obligation to treat it better, and teach our future generations to do the same. That all said, if you're looking for more on this album like the above mentioned well-known trio of outstanding songs, the remainder of the album could possibly be a letdown. No other tracks on the album hit quite like these. Still, this album has an experimental composition at its heart, and there are unique and interesting treats for the ears all throughout. I continue to find this album a fun experience, all these years later.

👍
View Author
4

A lot better than I'd expected. A pleasant surprise.

👍
View Author
4

Thought it would drag in the second half, but that's where the interesting stuff is.

👍
View Author
4

Great album, their hits do get a little annoying as they still get played a lot. I'm more of a fan of their later works (Little Dark Age) though.

👍
View Author
3

A solid alternative record, but the songs do tend to sound pretty monotonous.

👍
View Author
3

Always mostly liked this one

👍
View Author
3

3.5; Still holds up & feels experimental and fun. Could be nostalgia though.

👍
View Author
3

This album takes me back to 2007 and beyond. That year I realized a lot about myself and left a shit relationship to strike out and find stuff on my own. Also, Time to Pretend always makes me think of the pilot episode of HBO's "Girls" now.

👍
View Author
3

Cool album, enjoyed all the songs, none bad, singles I had heard but pleasantly surprised with the rest

👍
View Author
3

Overall, I enjoy this album mainly as I have fond memories of play EA games, who loves indie bands like MGMT, ‘Time to Pretend’ and ‘Kids’ were even used. It was the first album I heard that tried to combine Britpop with a synth-pop over the top, at the time it was very original. It led to the album being very fun and feeling fresh when it came out in my childhood and this showed how popular ‘Kids’ became. I still like the album now, but it feels very early and underdeveloped on other tracks especially ‘Pieces of What’ which was the weakest unoriginal album in my opinion. As stated, the album is fun and takes me back, but I don’t feel like most of the tracks stand out meaning the whole album is forgettable. Without ‘Time to Pretend’ and ‘Kids’ I don’t think I would have even known or listened to this album much, it is original but still in an ep/learning state.

👍
View Author
3

fun!

👍
View Author
3

More psychadelic / folk vibes than the singles let on.

👍
View Author
3

false

👍
View Author
3

interesting. not entirely my style, but interesting.

👍
View Author
3

Ihan jees, olinkin kuullut jo aiemmin. Mielenkiintoinen indierock / elektroninen yhdistelmä.

👍
View Author
3

mola

👍
View Author
3

It was okay. Some good songs.

👍
View Author
3

Modern, cheerful, bit strange.

👍
View Author
3

three huge songs! rest of the album is good too.

👍
View Author
3

Fun album with more of a psych streak outside of the big singles. 'Weekend Wars' and 'The Handshake' are the strongest tracks. 6/10, going to throw up if I ever have to listen to 'Kids' again.

👍
View Author
3

5

👍
View Author
3

First five tracks are fucking bangers!

👍
View Author
3

Looking forward to this having read it's produced by Dave Fridmann. A couple of absolute bangers and I like the Lennon/Flaming Lips/Tame Impalaesque style of a lot of the rest, although song writing maybe not up to the level of those others. Generally I enjoyed it. Favourite album of this Odyssey so far.

👍
View Author
3

Good listen

👍
View Author
3

‘Mgmt!’ dacht ik toen ik zag welke plaat we moesten luisteren. Maar een hele plaat viel toch een beetje tegen.

👍
View Author
3

Een groot verschil in kwaliteit tussen de drie bekende tracks (die echt heel goed zijn!) en de rest van het album wat er een beetje bij gepropt lijkt te zijn.

👍
View Author
3

Kende de hitjes wel, maar had het album nog nooit in zijn geheel geluisterd. Moet dit denk nog vaker luisteren om het te laten landen, maar klonk zeker niet verkeerd

👍
View Author
3

Té hitazos però

👍
View Author
3

First 5 songs are excellent but goes down hill a bit from there. Still really good though.

👍
View Author
3

I like most of the songs in this album in some way or another. Still I don't feel it entirely cohesive in itself.

👍
View Author
3

Singles were always good. Rest is meh

👍
View Author
3

Lots of noise, sometimes melodical, always "artsy". Was there lyrics?

👍
View Author
3

Meh. I wish we could give half stars because this is just middle-of-the-road. 2.5 stars.

👍
View Author
3

an album with my person teenage year trifecta of catchy pop songs, Time to Pretend, Electric Feel, Kids!

👍
View Author
3

Pink floyd turned a bit poppish.

👍
View Author
3

Blegh, background music. Did recognize a few tunes though.

👍
View Author
3

Mhhmhmmhm. Godbitar. "Time to pretend" drar igång i samma stund som jag kliver ut på gräsmattan för lite klippning. Mitt mode är på topp och jag känner att mattan kommer bli fin. De följande låtarna är inte på något sätt dåliga men det är heller inga som kommer gå till historieböckerna. Sedan när "Electric feel" drar igång, så drar även jag igång. Nu rullar det på. Klipparen som vanligtvis krånglar och hakar upp sig med jämna mellanrum går som en varm kniv genom smör och de ställen som man brukar behöva gå över flera gånger klipps till perfekt vid första passering. Ingen förändring i klippningens lätthet sker heller när albumets bästa låt kommer direkt därpå, oj vad jag klipper. Kvaliteten på gräset som är kvar efter denna låt blir något sämre men jag klassar det ändå som klart godkänt. När hela gräsmattan är kortklippt och albumet är slut kan jag bara summera det som lyckat. Bäst: "Kids"

👍
View Author
3

Best song: The Youth

👍
View Author
3

I have seen this band live because a friend had an extra ticket. They were fine, but there wasn't much of their music that resonated with me. This album has some good tracks, but the second half really lags. I do enjoy the interesting synth worth though. It's a good album, just not something I'd willingly put on.

👍
View Author
3

Fine.

👍
View Author
3

“Oracular Spectacular” by MGMT (2007) Rolling Stone magazine maintains its existence by casting about for innovation, like a surfer scanning for the next big wave on the musical seascape. In the relentless search for something new, on cue, MGMT rolls right onto the beach in this synth pop party boat of aural diversions. But these guys are smart enough to not stray too far from classic rhythms, chord structures, melodies, and harmonies. Nothing categorically aboriginal. Sounds like a formula for success to me. Playful (over?)use of echo and celesta-sounding garnish. Sometimes the fuzzy ‘quiver’ effect sounds like objectionable distortion, but maybe that’s just my 66-year old ears. Indeed, the album title aptly describes what they are trying to achieve, but they are only modestly successful. Lyrics that are frequently impenetrable, except for the opening track (“Time to Pretend”) that, as parody, rises to the level of the provocative and even the profound. I dearly hope they’re neither serious nor accidentally prophetic. And, despite the promotional cover art and music video, the referential connections with William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” are unconvincing. Beelzebub would be Beelzebored. The lyrics on the rest of the album stay pretty close to the shore. There are plenty of poetically palate-pleasing pieces to chew on, but, as they ask, “Pieces of What”? However, it’s far from a nihilistic wallow. There are some expressions reflecting genuine appreciation of what’s good, true, and beautiful. These lyrical themes will not damage your soul. But the sounds on this album? Andrew VanWyngarden’s annoyingly whiny lead vocal almost becomes almost endearing toward the end. And there are plenty of sonic textures to entertain. But the collection is neither portentous nor revelatory, and hence not oracular. And while it’s good, it’s a bit shy of spectacular. 3/5

👍
View Author
3

Nothing too dislikeable and a couple of genuinely great tunes but never deserving of the hype they received

👍
View Author
3

An average album elevated by two absolutely stunning tracks.

👍
View Author
3

I actually find the big tracks off this really fucking irritating (and bizarrely similar) This aside there was still plenty on this that I really enjoyed. Quite cool for the most part.

👍
View Author
3

// Favs: Time To Pretend / Kids / Of Moons Birds And Monsters Score: Decent to Strong 3

👍
View Author
3

Aside from the three hits, I didn’t really find this a very exciting album. I really like those three hits, though!

👍
View Author
3

A kitchen sink of styles and sounds many of them compelling. I don't know how to describe the album but I know that I like a lot of it. 3.5 🌟

👍
View Author
3

I didn't think I had heard of this band but knew a lot of the songs. Pleasant to listen to but nothing that really stood out

👍
View Author
3

Forgot how great Kids and Electric Feel were, such amazing tunes. Loved Time to Pretend as well and the rest were fine but not the same quality. Enjoyed it but apart from the three singles, not memorable.

👍
View Author
3

In its entirety, this album was different than the hits, and thus different than I expected- like a few moments I'd say I heard some 60s psychedelia- but I enjoyed it. I'd have to listen again to see if I'd up it to a 4, but I might give it a 3.5. (I think I need to start specifying .5s in my ratings because I'm giving so many 3s that it feels like it doesn't mean as much.)

👍
View Author
3

Love the hits, wanted to love the rest more than I did

👍
View Author
3

Couple of belters, but don't need to listen to the full album.

👍
View Author
3

3.3 - It's 2009 and I'm sitting at my cubicle with my earbuds in. Pandora's spinning another MGMT track, just for me. I look around. I see my mug. Then my screen. I gaze up at the beige ceiling tiles...Everything's FINE. Everything WILL be fine. Everything feels PERFECTLY FINE... I am feeling perfectly fine...

👍
View Author
3

A few real good bops on here

👍
View Author
3

Great pop songs and beats.

👍
View Author
3

One of those records where you just want to grab one of the dudes in the band and go, “DO YOU NOT HEAR WHAT YOU’RE GOOD AT?? JUST DO THAT. JUST DO THAT THING. GET RID OF ALL THAT OTHER SHIT. PLEEEASE!” Could’ve been such a good dancey-synthy-indie-pop thing. Alas…

👍
View Author
3

Super fun psychedelic pop.

👍
View Author
3

Not really my thing but it was good for a single listen

👍
View Author
3

Typisch soort popmuziek. Best wel leuk

👍
View Author
3

College alt-pop for a later generation than mine

👍
View Author
3

This was everywhere a few years back. Quite fun in a psych synth rave kind of a way, but apart from the singles nothing very memorable.

👍
View Author
3

22nd November 2021 Funnily enough listened to the vinyl of this on Saturday as we had sav and Sally round and he bought it for my birthday. But Listened today while I painted the spare room. Takes me right back to being a teenager, love it. I'm in the prime of my life...memories of calais, dakota, there's some arcade fire vibes in there which emphasises all of this.

👍
View Author
3

I feel like this album was sneakily groundbreaking. It's lyrics are poignant and the music is attention grabbing.

👍
View Author
3

Альбом показался довольно интересным, но он не в моем вкусе. Местами звучит однообразно, хотя текст цепляющий. Из треков могу выделить Electric Feel и Kids. Переслушивать не стану, поэтому - твердая тройка.

👍
View Author
3

Clássico

👍
View Author
3

Really enjoyed this at the time...and quite enjoyed it now, though I wonder about their other albums

👍
View Author
3

pelo menos uns 10 anos que nao ouvia esse album, continua bom

👍
View Author
3

Better than expected. Felt like the first of their genre (electronic indie) & appreciated it as such, but much of it felt uninspired - probably because they helped invent it.

👍
View Author
3

I remember listening to this CD a lot during University. Electric Feel / Kids is a very solid 1-2 punch. Time to pretend is okay. The rest of the CD is meh, even through the nostalgia glasses. I expected more here, and didn't get it.

👍
View Author
3

Indie pop. Interesante.

👍
View Author
3

Qué buenos recuerdos!!! Time to pretend y Kids impagables.

👍
View Author
3

overrated

👍
View Author
3

It was fine, smacked a little of sepia filters on instagram

👍
View Author
3

3 absolutne bangery, które niestety prościej usłyszeć w telewizji niż w radiu. Reszta albumu średnio bym powiedział. 3.5/5

👍
View Author
3

You know that cheap beer, which is perfect for cracking a cold one with the boys and can bring some of the best memories, but you won't have much pleasure from drinking it alone? Yeah, that's Oracular Spectacular. A pleasant set with some of the best known songs from MGMT, but at the same time rubbing me up the wrong way for some reason. Listening the whole album for the first time (first sip?) was dreary sometimes, but I got used to it. The second sip was much better - I finally noticed the wide spectrum of instruments and non-obvious harmonies. All in all, it's some non-controversial music to play at a house party to accompany a cheap beer. And the best memories. Highlight: The Youth

👍
View Author
3

Didn't know anything about this group - the cover gives nothing away. Are they EDM? folk? hip-hop? emo? I'm not sure I expected the immediate lush melodies though - right off the bat it's hard to not be captivated by this. This melodic and catchy trippy electronic pop/rock carries on throughout the entire album - if i have any criticisms, it's almost an assault on the ears. Not that it's overly loud or abrasive, just that it's too *dense* to a fault in many of the songs. There's a lot of suffering from modern/digital production - jamming all the levels of every instrument to their peaks and after a while I didn't realize it but my ears get a little tired. I'd definitely listen to any/all of this again but even with the short runtime it's just a bit much to take in all in one gulp. Still, worthy of a strong 3 stars. 7/10 3 stars

👍
View Author
3

Kinda 21 piloter core… början va bäst….

👍
View Author
3

CD

👍
View Author
3

It’s ok. A couple of memorable songs, good live band though

👍
View Author
3

There were some good tunes here that I was not familiar with.

👍
View Author
3

3.5

👍
View Author
3

Pretty good pop-rock w/ electronic sounds. Sometimes Beatles, sometimes disco, sometimes bluesy. Was surprised to recognize several songs (or at least the hooks): Time to Pretend, Electric Feel, Kids. Top tracks: Electric Feel

👍
View Author
3

I like this, and will definitely listen again

👍
View Author
3

Very fun and nostalgic album. A few classics on this album which will be quintessential feel good songs. Some of the other album is a bit trippy pop and is okay. The second half of the album is not nearly as strong but overall it’s an impressive and joyful album for the youth. 7.3/10

👍
View Author
3

Gute Indie-Pop Album. Etwas zwischen 3 und 4.

👍
View Author
3

Listenable, not bad.

👍
View Author
3

I enjoyed it overall. I was surprised at how many of these songs I was already familiar with. 3 stars.

👍
View Author
3

- another oh it’s that song on the first track. I like the melody, not a huge fan of the song. Kind of like arcade fire from my recollection. - Good beat and melodies - Some very interesting lyrics - Notable Tracks: Kids (though the end is a bit much), The Youth

👍
View Author
3

The idea of this being a collection of 3 fantastic songs surrounded by a bunch if mediocre ones is ridiculous, but that's because it's actually 2 fantastic songs and electric feel. I'm a sucker for a synth bass I guess. The fleetwood mac moment was nice also

👍
View Author
2

Music is too busy with lack of memorable tune. The tracks from MGMT's 2005 album could easily be mistaken for any track on Oracular Spectacular. I guess if you appreciate the style then the differences would be apparent. It's not the worst thing that I've listened to so... 2/5 (?)

👍
View Author
2

Kind of interesting but nothing special.

👍
View Author
2

Overhyped. A couple of really great singles, but that's pretty much it.

👍
View Author
2

Didn't finish it, got bored

👍
View Author
2

Some interesting songs, not my cup of tea...

👍
View Author
2

I is not a bad album. But a bit common to me. It is not realy speaking to me.

👍
View Author
2

Yawn

👍
View Author
2

I like 1 song

👍
View Author
2

The two well known tracks are really good, I don't have much time for the rest really

👍
View Author
2

I don't know how to be positive about this album. I knew some songs before and those songs had a nice melody. However the lyrics were in my opinion pretentious and unintersting. Sometimes the mixing of sounds was quite awful.

👍
View Author
2

I find this quite annoying. But I always found Electric Feel and Kids irritating. Kind of liked Pieces of What.

👍
View Author
2

Was ok. Happy it finally ended....

👍
View Author
2

I find the seemingly random tempo changes annoying.

👍
View Author
2

I wish this album was more like the highlight, kids

👍
View Author
2

First Listen. Sounds pretty good.

👍
View Author
2

Ubiquitous A few gooduns here 4th Dimensional Transition best track on here

👍
View Author
2

Forgot they existed, but neo-psych has never been my genre

👍
View Author
2

The psychedelic sound got tiresome even in the psychedelic era. Wasn't awful to me but not an addition to my library.

👍
View Author
2

I actually listened to this album once before. In both cases, there was nothing for me to grab a hold. Its probably a taste thing more than anything else

👍
View Author
2

What's the deal with this? I hate the production job and for the most part the songs are mid-paced borefests. Plenty here to dislike but the main bugbear is the complete lack of ambition. Still, that 'Electric Eel' song sounded catchy on one of the old FIFA games.

👍
View Author
2

I drank too much this Weekend to remember enough of this album to write a propper review. My overconsumption of alcohol wasn't a deliberate attempt to forget, but maybe there is a subconcious causal relationship between the two.

👍
View Author
2

Hit songs are great, but not much to recommend for the filler.

👍
View Author
2

Eh

👍
View Author
2

Their best, but it's just few songs which are OK

👍
View Author
2

nope. not for me. mgmt has never been for me.

👍
View Author
2

Ironic dance music I'll happily iron to even if it doesn't always make me want to dance.

👍
View Author
2

meinlaust, ekki ég

👍
View Author
2

Tråk! Gillar int sången och vill ha lite sämre produktion....

👍
View Author
2

2.5

👍
View Author
2

A couple of songs were recognizable. It is best to describe this as indie music with synthesizers. The album was tolerable and relatively short which helps. Be than a two but not really a 3. I will round down to a 2.

👍
View Author
2

ive heard of them. idk if it matters tho. eh. 2 or 3, leaning toward 2. Its not offensive but its so boring.

👍
View Author
1

0

👍
View Author
1

Pretty garbage

👍
View Author
1

Did not care for the sound quality...maybe that's their thing but wasn't appealing to me.

👍
View Author
1

Really couldn't be bothered to listen to all of this, it's very poor. I got as far as Kids, which is a good song, but not this version: but there's an amateur couple on Youtube who do an acoustic version 10 x better than this. Rubbish.

👍
View Author
1

You've got to be kidding me. NO. This is my first album and it might be my last.

👍
View Author
1

Not a fan

👍