After listening to MGMT‘s Congratulations non-stop for weeks, I have come to the conclusion that I do not like it — that much.
May a slightly large aural crush on the band’s debut Oracular Spectacular have I? Perhaps. May a slightly high expectation on the band’s sophomore album Congratulations have I? Perhaps.
I took Andrew VanWyngarden’s words to heart with his words that some fans would find the sophomore album a disappointment.
“This album to me is something that needs to be listened to kind of carefully and a couple of times to really get into it, and I think there’s a good chance that a lot of people will kind of immediately brush it off.”
When I finally listened to the album, I used the same approach I did with Scarlett Johansson’s debut Anywhere I Lay My Head, which I eventually loved after constantly hitting repeat. But after many, many repeats, I don’t think I like it as much as Oracular Spectacular, which is probably to be expected considering how much I liked the first album.
No inclination to pelvic thrust during “Electric Feel”. No urge to head-bop during “Kids”. While the first single “Flash Delirium” is similar to “Time To Pretend,” there isn’t that immediate sexual umph. Yes, I have listened to the album carefully, but after a while, many of the songs blur into one large smoke-filled psychedelic haze — or was I simply listening to the opus “Siberian Breaks” repeatedly instead?
Sure, “It’s Working” has a bit of infectious melodies and tones, but it’s early and too late. I’m disappointed. Congratulations is definitely listenable, but I feel so burdened by my adoration for Oracular Spectacular that I simply cannot give MGMT the proper love.
- 1. It’s Working
2. Song For Dan Treacy
3. Someone’s Missing
4. Flash Delirium
5. I Found A Whistle
6. Siberian Breaks
7. Brian Eno
8. Lady Dada’s Nightmare
To see MGMT live, please view the band’s 50-minute performance on CBS’ Live On Letterman.
- 1. Flash Delirium
3. The Youth
4. Electric Feel
5. It’s Working
6. The Handshake
7. Song For Dan Treacy
8. Time To Pretend
10. Brian Eno