Congratulations unlocks a new musical world whirling in its own space/time grid infused with hints of music from the past five decades. Produced by MGMT and Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3, E.A.R., Spectrum), Congratulations featu... more »res Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, MGMT's core duo, performing with Matt Asti (bass, backing vocals), Will Berman (drums, backing vocals), and James Richardson (guitar, backing vocals), the band's live line-up. Congratulations is the successor to MGMT's Oracular Spectacular, the 2008 debut album. Soulful and complex, Congratulations is a surprising and delightful quantum step forward in MGMT's ongoing pop revolution.« less
Congratulations unlocks a new musical world whirling in its own space/time grid infused with hints of music from the past five decades. Produced by MGMT and Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3, E.A.R., Spectrum), Congratulations features Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, MGMT's core duo, performing with Matt Asti (bass, backing vocals), Will Berman (drums, backing vocals), and James Richardson (guitar, backing vocals), the band's live line-up. Congratulations is the successor to MGMT's Oracular Spectacular, the 2008 debut album. Soulful and complex, Congratulations is a surprising and delightful quantum step forward in MGMT's ongoing pop revolution.
"Yes, there are no singles on this album, which is going to be a shock (and a dissapointment) to a lot of fans of Oracular Spetacular, but this is an album that you cannot judge after one spin as it takes a while to sink in. But if you give it a chance it is a real grower and is easily the best album I have heard this year. Here is a brief breakdown....
1. It's Working - awesome, psychedelic tinged opener. Wouldn't be out of place on the second half of Oracular Spetacular.
2. Song For Dan Treacy - One of my favorites. It's not traditional pop per say and probably won't be played on the radio, but is very melodic even without a typical chorus.
3. Someone's Missing - The closest this album comes to a traditional single. Ends abruptly once the chorus kicks in at the end, but is still very good.
4. Flash Delerium - This is the first "single" off the album and when I heard it my initial reaction was "blah." But this song sounds so much better in the context of the entire album and is now my personal favorite off the album.
5. I Found a Whistle - A nice, slow break proceeeding "Flash Delerium." I imagine this will be the song that will cause the lighters and cell phones to come out during their concerts. Listen to the lyrics carefully. I assume the song is not referring to the "Phantom Menace," but I wonder.....
6. Siberian Breaks - This is probably the song that will determine if you like the album or not. At 12 minutes long it is one of those songs that people are going to love and hate. It is really like 4 or 5 songs thrown together, but for whatever reason it completely works and is the heart of this album.
7. Brian Eno - An almost punk-type song dedicated to Brian Eno. Not quite made for radio, but along with "Someone's Missing," it is one of the catchiest songs on the album.
8. Lady Dada's Nightmare - An instrumental and in my opinion the only mistep on the album. Not that it's bad, but it's not something you will want to listen to over and over and I would have much preferred a real, non-instrumental song, especially considering this is a short album at only 9 songs.
9. Congratulations - Great way to close out the album with probably the most traditional song MGMT has ever recorded. It is obviously meant to be a sarcastic reaction to the fame brought on by Oracular Spetacular, but is one of the best songs on the album regardless.
In closing, my only complain is that at 9 songs the album feels more like an EP then a full album. But even so, it is still so much better then most of the other crap out there these days. Give this one a chance, realize going in it is not Oracular Spetacular, and I have a feeling you will not be dissapointed"
First rate music. CD > Vinyl
funmusic2000 | California | 04/15/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought the vinyl on the faith that this album would deliver. And it did, double-confirming MGMT's status (in my humble classic rock opinion) as the best thing that's happened to music since the Beatles or Floyd. Someone [sven209] on their site said it was "Almost as if early Pink Floyd made their first few albums with todays technology." To that I might add with even better vocal harmonies.
With Vinyl as always, quality was excellent, but they split the record up into 4 chucks on 2 x 180g vinyls (for such a short album I don't know why). This provides for some interruptions in the music. I buy vinyls because they're nice to handle, but these were far from that. It is very difficult to cram 2 heavy and thick records in sleeves into one record cover. Plus, the record cover is just front and back, no fold out or anything. My roomates CD, on the other hand is really cool - it's fold out. There's also a booklet with some earthy-feel-good pictures and recording pictures and such, and it came with this coin that has parts mentioned in Flash Delirium.
In conclusion, definitely buy the CD, it's an amazing album. You might also buy the vinyl as well."
Better than their first?
joh | 06/25/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really like the direction MGMT is going. Great album very different from their first but not diverging from their synth pop sounds. an A+ on this one"
Better than OS
B. Bielamowicz | Dallas, Texas | 05/22/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In Rolling Stone a few months back, I read that MGMT was going to release a new album soon, and my heart almost stopped. After falling in love with Oracular Spectacular, I couldn't wait to hear their second album. The weekend it first came in, I listened to Congratulations a total of 12 times the whole way through; it might sound somewhat obsessive, but I couldn't get over how much I liked it. Sure, it's hard to compare it to OS; there are some songs on the album that remind me of the first album (Someone's Missing, I Found a Whistle, Congratulations), but for the most part, it's quite the musical leap from their first. I was so proud of Andrew and Ben's decision to stray away from singles; the album is meant to be listened to the whole way through each time, the way albums are supposed to be. What a novel idea!
And as far as the album cover? "Well, people that are stupid don't understand it, but cool, smart people get how awesome it is." Andrew VanWyngarden, you sure have a way of explaining things."
A LASTING album! Better than Oracular
Rafah Alkhafaji | 06/19/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great band that's finally showing their colors as they evolve from a clever pop act into world class artists.
This Album is miles ahead of Oracular. It doesn't grab you by the neck and hook you the way the first album does, rather, it takes a subtler approach and proves it can take the long haul of multiple listens without getting boring.
It is a LASTING album which, in my opinion, is the most difficult concept for most artists to achieve.
Looking forward for the third album from these very bright young chaps!"