Indie, pop, dance, electronic, psychedelic ... all are good adjectives to describe MGMT's Oracular Spectacular. Poetic and strange lyrics accompany great beats and strong synth sounds to make a truly unique album. Some songs are nostalgic sounding, like they miss a past or innocence, while many others evoke a hedonistic style (of music and life). These guys are definitely doing something new here, but they are obviously heavily influenced by the past. I thought the sound quality of the actual cd was great. Packaging was lame: I already ripped the cardboard case (I have seen thicker greeting cards), and there are some slight scratches from sliding the cd out.
A great album for someone looking for something different: savage and artistic, without being cliché. This is something far more uptempo, nothing dark or depressing. Oracular Spectacular is an album that may not please everyone, but is still worth a listen. My personal favorites are 1-time to pretend (the beginning is reminiscent of Bela Lugosi's dead by Bauhaus, 4-electric feel (my favorite-some have described is as psychedelic disco, but I am not so sure about the "disco," I just have to move when I hear it), 5-kids (just a fun song, although the video is awful to watch--I do not like to watch kids being terrorized for no reason!), 6-4th dimensional transition (very classic rock influenced with a great drum, and 9-handshake (it has a rocking ending). 8-Of Moons, Birds & Monsters is a very pop song that has all the earmarks of being a 60s hit; something the Turtles or the Zombies would do.
And just so you have a reference for my taste in music: I love Interpol: Turn on the Bright Lights,Antics: The Special Edition, and Our Love to Admire. And the strange sounds of this album sounded like what Daniel Johnston could have been, here's a sampling of his music Welcome to My World.
All in all, a great musical experience: highly recommend.
- Vinyl (19 April 2014)
- Original Release Date: 19 April 2014
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: LEGACY
- Run Time: 40 minutes
- ASIN: B00IV5F2WM
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,553 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)