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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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  • Audio CD (April 13, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: April 13, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Columbia
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • ASIN: B0037W68F4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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Amazing album! I never understood why this wasn't heralded by critics and fans as their masterpiece.

"Siberian Breaks" is the most brilliant song they've ever written, and likely ever will write.
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The story of Congratulations is an odd one for me.
One day I was watching a video and came across, in the comments section, a fine specimen of the internet's brilliance: complaining about how "kids don't know real music these days, in my time it was better, blah blah." and that kids only listen to hipster bands like Vampire Weekend and MGMT.
I didn't know either of these bands, but the name MGMT sounded familiar. When I looked them up, the first thing that caught my eye was the cover of Congratulations. I realized that I had seen it just a month ago on a site that had an author's list of most under-appreciated albums or something like that, and this album cover stuck with me because I just loved the look of it. After seeing this, of course, I went to go listen to the actual music.
Listening... and listening... and by the fourth song I had closed the tab. I hated it.
A week passed and I didn't give it much thought. A waste of a really cool album cover, that was all. But, by the end of the week, Congratulations had popped up in my recommended videos, since I had clicked on it once before. And I thought, I'll give it one more try.
Listening and listening... and, for seemingly no reason, I started loving it.
It has stayed that way, since that year ago when I first discovered the album. I never listened to pop music until MGMT somehow worked their way into my brain, but I'm now willing to at least try more stuff like this psychedelic pop-rock gem. If anyone is not TL;DR yet, here's a short breakdown of how I personally feel about each track:

1. It's Working - Yeah it is. Fantastic opener, starting with a surf rock sound and moving on to focused but airy lyrics, of which my favorite is the chorus of "love is only in the mind".
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