Saturday, 12 March 2011

#498 - "Oracular Spectacular" - MGMT

Released On:  Columbia/Red Ink, 2007 (Digital) 2008 (Physical)

The era of the Big Rock Star, which ruled the idea of rock n' roll in the 1960s and 70s, had one last huge fling in the hair-clogged 80's and keeled over dead, a victim of excess and self-parody.  The equation is simple:  take a Led Zeppelin, add time and mainstream dilution and out pops Warrant.  MGMT arrived too late to become globe-trotting Biggest-Star-On-Earth superstars, but slyly grinning irony is timeless and it is exactly that irony that propels Oracular Spectacular forward with such inhibition-shedding force.  The production work of Dave Fridmann, famous for his work with the Flaming Lips, probably has a lot to do with it as well; even while the album chuckles, it soars with the combined force of a thousand lesser albums.

Where You'd Know It From:  The Season 1 finale of Gossip Girl, the series premiere of that godawful remake of 90210, and the trailers for such winning, classic films as How To Lose Friends And Alienate People and Sex Drive all used the sublime "Time To Pretend".  Also, the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire, the party of cradle-robbing neo-con French President Nicolas Sarkozy, ripped off "Kids" on several occasions and even offered the band the generous sum of ONE WHOLE EURO to use it in the future.

Track Listing:
1.  Time To Pretend (4:21)
2.  Weekend Wars (4:12)
3.  The Youth (3:48)
4.  Electric Feel (3:49)
5.  Kids (5:02)
6.  4th Dimensional Transition (3:58)
7.  Pieces Of What (2:43)
8.  Of Moons, Birds, And Monsters (4:46)
9.  The Handshake (3:39)
10.  Future Reflections (4:00)

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(This video is MESSED UP by the way)

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