Earlier in the year MGMT released their highly anticipated 2nd LP entitled Congratulations. Long story short, the thing flops like a fish. It was a critical and commercial train wreck. Apparently the organ heavy, 70’s psychedelia-prog sound didn’t sit well among fans of MGMT’s debut, Oracular Spectacular. The differences between the two discs are obvious and well noted in a negative way by seemingly anyone who brings it up. I, for the life of me, can not figure out why.
Characteristically, I usually seem to like albums that most people dislike. It’s apparently part of my personality. All that aside, I still think that this album has been shit upon unfairly. If every DJ on the radio’s commentary or every blog I’ve ever read about it weren’t seething and unyieldingly negative I wouldn’t feel the need to defend it so much. I’m here to say that Congratulations is highly enjoyable and a credit to MGMT’s catalogue. To me it brings to mind Gabriel era genesis at times and mid career Kinks at others. That makes me smile having been a fan of both. Maybe you need to be a fan of that era of music to enjoy it. I still just don’t see how anyone could dislike this album as much as everybody seems to.
Is it just a domino effect? Did the all mighty Pitchfork Media decide to destroy Congratulations, therefore making everyone else jump on the ban wagon? Not really. Pitchfork gave it a favorable review, in pitchfork terms anyhow. They gave it a respectable(again, respectable by Pitchfork terms) 6.8 out of 10. So why then do I still to this day seven or eight months from its release, keep hearing terrible comments about it? I guess the world may never know. Either way MGMT, I’ve got your back. I’m even looking forward to your next piece of work, no matter how ill received it may be.