MGMT – Oracular Spectacular (2007)

MGMT - Oracular Spectacular vinyl


MGMT – Oracular Spectacular (2007)

Oracular Spectacular is the debut studio album by the American band MGMT, released on October 2, 2007, by RED Ink and physically on January 22, 2008, by Columbia. It was produced by Dave Fridmann and is the band’s first release of new content, being recorded from March to April 2007. Promotion for the album started as early as June 2007, when the song “Weekend Wars” was given away in summer issues of free monthly magazine Nöjesguiden in Stockholm, Sweden. Matching CDs could be picked up for free in all stores in three different shopping malls around Stockholm from June 26 to July 31. The album was also promoted with three singles: “Time to Pretend“, “Electric Feel” and “Kids“. Both “Time to Pretend” and “Kids” were re-recorded for the album; they were originally included on the band’s previous release Time to Pretend (2005), with the opening track serving as a “mission statement” and the theme continuing through the album’s subsequent tracks.

Although Oracular Spectacular never sold more than 17,000 units in a week, at least 2,000 copies per week were sold during the period from January 2008 through April 2010. The album received positive reviews from critics, who lauded its production style, musical direction and composition. It was nominated for the International Album award at the 2009 Brit Awards. In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 494 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Tracklisting

  1. Time To Pretend
  2. Weekend Wars
  3. The Youth
  4. Electric Feel
  5. Kids
  6. 4th Dimensional Transition
  7. Pieces Of What
  8. Of Moons, Birds & Monsters
  9. The Handshake
  10. Future Reflections

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