MGMT - Congratulations (new album / stream)

[23 March 2010]

By Alex Suskind

MGMT
Congratulations
(Sony/Columbia)
Releasing: 13 April

Recording the follow-up to your critically-acclaimed debut album has to be a nerve-wracking affair. As a band, do you go with the same sound/formula you used on the first record? Or, do you venture outside the box and approach things from a completely different perspective? On MGMT’s sophomore album Congratulations, they successfully manage to do both.

Currently streaming on their homepage, the duo’s new record is decorated with the same new wave synthesizer riffs and catchy pop melodies they used on their first album, Oracular Spectacular in 2008. But this time, Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden have injected the album’s nine songs with a heavy dose of prog rock and ‘60s psychedelia (that is, more psychedelia than the first album).

SONG LIST
01 It’s Working  
02 Song for Dan Treacy  
03 Someone’s Missing  
04 Flash Delirium  
05 I Found a Whistle  
06 Siberian Breaks  
07 Brian Eno  
08 Lady Dada’s Nightmare  
09 Congratulations

Published at: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/post/122850-mgmt-congratulations-new-albumstream/