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(The Third MGMT Album)

Andrew VanWyngarden
Ben Goldwasser

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Had Andrew and Ben not agreed (probably with a smirk) long ago that, should their ever-evolving musical collaboration called MGMT reach the crucial Third Record Threshold, they'd make that milestone eponymous, MGMT (the album) might well have been called something like Step Into The Club - ... Read more in Amazon's MGMT Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 13, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0037W68F4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2010 sophomore release from the Alt-Rock/Pop outfit. Congratulations is a collection of nine individual musical tours de force sequenced to flow with sonic and thematic coherence. Produced by MGMT and Sonic Boom, the album was recorded throughout 2009 in Upstate New York, Malibu and Brooklyn and features the band's core duo (Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser) performing with Matt Asti, Will Berman and James Richardson, their live band.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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77 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Seattleboy on April 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
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.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on October 10, 2011
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MGMT founders, Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, were unceremoniously catapulted into fame with the release of Oracular Spectacular--a place that they didn't appear to comfortably occupy. The crowds of excessively adoring adolescents were perceived by the band as a pseudo-fan base. The darkly tinged lyrics of "Time to Pretend" and "Kids" seemed lost on the blithe crowds who quickly targeted the album as the latest, must-have fad. The result was a flurry of interviews and award show appearances for which the band appeared to be ill-suited. Therefore, for their second venture, they seem to have distanced themselves from the style that forced them into the limelight--a style that was simply one of many in their creative repertoire.

With Congratulations, MGMT has meticulously crafted a musical journey that meanders through various soundscapes and experiments with broad variations in tempo and style. Although the universal sentiment is one of introspection and disillusionment, it is not crowded with thoughts and messages of gloom. While it would be fitting to assert that the drifting guitar riffs and psychedelic instrumentals are reminiscent of such classic rock influences as Pink Floyd, it must also be affirmed that the band has maintained a sense of innovation and novelty. It's safe to assume that there are no top 40 hits on this album, but this was likely intentional. It seems that, on this outing, MGMT's artistic course was a direct reaction to the standards of the radio industry, as accessibility was not a consideration. After all, their intended audience is not the mainstream crowd that flocked to their previous release.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Mefford on March 6, 2014
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After listening to this album I am left wondering why exactly I had put it on my wishlist to begin with. The music on this disc is dance twisted with alternative and a 50's flare. The first track immediately took me to the Beach Boys.

The whole listen was not dull or annoying, but it wasn't exactly inspiring either, and by the end I was quite ready for it to be over.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By B. Bielamowicz on May 21, 2010
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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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gregory William Locke on January 13, 2011
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Weeks after its release and I'm loving MGMT's strange new sophomore album, Congratulations, more with each listen. I hear the Zombies influence, a few songs even making me daydream about a Zombies/Of Montreal collaboration. The vocals sometimes remind of disco-era Mick Jagger, but only if he had a little less Mick in his Jagger. They remind my girlfriend of Prince, which I also agree with. And their songs also remind me of this and that, as does their look and general approach and appeal. They're artsy pop music historians disguised as hipsters - the price young artists pay in 2010.

All those familiarities we came to know on the band's debut, Oracular, are less obvious on Congrats. The sound here is also less instant, more clouded, expansive and odd, which led many reviewers to dismiss the record as inaccessible pop music upon its release. But wait, these songs are, for the most part, accessible as hell. Maybe not in an "Electric Feel" over-the-top sort of way, but this is definitely a poppy record full of hooks, riffs and fun, memorable moments. That the general vibe is so out there only makes the repeat button more interesting (and essential).

So are these seemingly hip kids, as so many have said, simply getting weird to be cool in the face of stardom? That's not the feeling I get. I like to think that they - a then unknown band - made an uber poppy album (Oracular) so that they could later make an album like Congrats and have people actually hear it and think about it and talk about it and argue about it. From t-ball to the majors, and it worked. And they did a fine job of making credible pop a couple of years ago, their debut standing as one of the best pop records of recent memory.
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I'm still buying it tomorrow, a 3 star CD by them is still better than some of the crap I've heard lately. Maybe if I have low expectations it'll blow my mind or something.
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