MGMT are a psychedelic rock band and “Oracular Spectacular” was the band’s debut album.
“Oracular Spectacular” is one of the most lavishly produced albums I have come across. This thing is chocked full of different sounds and little details that make each song burst like a pinata. MGMT cover a lot of musical ground on the album with songs incorporating acoustic and electric guitars, electronic beats, thumping basslines, orchestral movements, and the vocals of Andrew VanWyngarden. While some albums can sound overproduced that is not the case here. Each sound and style fits snugly together and each one is done proper justice.
The aspect of this album that absolutely makes me go goo-goo ga-ga over it is the songwriting. MGMT blow each song out of the park by creating some of the most instant and catchy melodies I have heard. The band showcase an incredibly strong pop sensibility while also crafting songs that have significant shifts within them. It keeps the album fun and exciting and as a result it really flies by. “Oracular Spectacular” is one of those rare albums where I think every song is great, though of course I do have my favorites.
For me, this is a perfect album. Without a doubt, it’s one of the catchiest and most intriguing pop/rock projects I’ve ever heard.
Favorite songs: “Electric Feel”, “Pieces of What”, “Of Moons, Birds & Monsters”, “The Handshake”