5 Second Review: MGMT's Oracular Spectacular

Influences aplenty in the debut LP from the psychedelic pop-rockers.


  • Some tracks (eg: Weekend Wars) strangely reminded me of The Beatles. What a compliment.
  • Seriously good singles. Time to Pretend= great. Kids= super great.
  • Funk & falsetto (Electric Feel) is a winning combination.
  • Draws so well from eras gone by that it could feasibly have been released in the 60s, 70s and at times 80s.
  • They know how to get folk singing along.
  • Happy things are fun.
  • The lyrics for Time to Pretend.

  • The "That's good but what else have you got?" curse raises its ugly head, resulting in a considerable amount of filler.
  • Hence, they're pretty much a singles band.
  • It might just be me, but they may be overdoing the 'lets be weeeird' thing a bit. Some perfectly good songs go unnecessarily crazy.
  • There's a slight touch of Spinal Tap to some of the mysticism.
  • As with any artist drawing so heavily from retro influences, sometimes things go too far and get a bit wince-inducing (Of Moons, Birds & Monsters).
When it's good it's really, really good; when it's not... it's a bit meh. Generally solid thumbs up though- Prepare to be hearing Kids played in clubs for years to come.

Electric Feel

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