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The Truth About Music Radar: April 13th, 2010

MGMT's "Congratulations"

Unlike last week, this week presents a flurry of new music to choose from. With that in mind, it is important to remember that everyone has a limited budget of both time and money so choosing what to listen to and what to forget about is more important than ever. Here’s what we think will be worth your time this week.

Number one on everyones listening lists this week is going to be MGMT’s sophomore album attempt, “Congratulations.” After being certified gold by the RIAA in the United States, MGMT cemented themselves as one of the largest indie gone pop bands in the world. Unfortunately, what worked so well for them on the first go around, will be their achilles heel in round two. In an interview with NME, the pair was quoted regarding the new album:

We’d rather people hear the whole album as an album and see what tracks jump out rather than the ones that get played on the radio – if anything gets played on the radio!…There definitely isn’t a ‘Time To Pretend’ or a ‘Kids’ on the album. We’ve been talking about ways to make sure people hear the album as an album in order and not just figure out what are the best three tracks, download those and not listen to the rest of it.

With that said, this album has fallen from the sky in my head. Once one of the albums I was looking forward to the most in 2010, the first single left me wishing MGMT had followed their debut with things that actually sound like what we remember from “Oracular Spectacular.” The new direction has not worked and “Congratulations” is one album that I am now dreading listening to.

Amber Pacific's "Virtues"

MGMT aren’t the only kids in town this week. Record shelves will also be filled with a new release from Coheed and Cambria, back with their fifth studio album “Year of the Black Rainbow,” and the band’s first work since 2007. Although I have never been a huge fan of the New York rockers, the first single “Here We Are Juggernaut” has a really dark rock groove that gives me hope.

An album that most people probably weren’t planning to pick up this week is from Amber Pacific, a group out of Seattle, WA. Although I can’t give you much background on the band, this is their first album on Victory records and the lead single “Three Words” is fantastic, leading me to hope the rest of the album can match the quality. The album is called “Virtues.”

Finally, this week features the American debut of Two Door Cinema Club. A band that was highly touted at SXSW, this Irish band brings a fresh electro pop sound with their album “Tourist History.” If you are interested in hearing the type of music featured on this album, they happen to be the iTunes Free Single of the Week so you can sample them for free!!

That’s about it for this week but be sure to check back each week as we tell you what’s worth your hard earned cash or valuable time spent surfing illegal download sites.

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6 Legacy Comments

  • Comment by MGMT Fan posted April 13, 2010 at 08:43

    of course you don’t like mgmt. They are an indie band and everyone knows that you enjoy targeting them for no apparent reason. Think of something easier to target or come up with better points douche!

  • Comment by Harris posted April 13, 2010 at 08:47

    The fact of the matter is that the first single is terrible. Why would a band consciously try to not have a single? The only reason most people ever heard of the band was because of “Kids” “Time to Pretend” and “Electric Feel.” With no songs like that, the album doesn’t get heard, and if the album doesn’t get heard, well you know what happens next. They will be a three hit wonder…

  • Comment by MGMT Fan posted April 13, 2010 at 11:37

    Totally false. If you have ever heard of MGMT before this the fact that they sell out tours worldwide means nothing?? I think you need to back your points up more. MGMT doesn’t need to release a formal single because their name is so big. Maybe they want the whole album to act as a single in itself? Think about that….Also being a Nickelback fan means you loose all musical credibility

  • Comment by MGMT Fan posted April 13, 2010 at 11:42

    oh and by the way you say that this is MGMT’s sophmore album, implying that Congrats is their second album when really it is in actuality their 4th. They have been around since 2002

  • Comment by Fan of the Truth posted April 13, 2010 at 14:21

    MGMT Fan – what other 2 albums are you referring to? Because when referring to “freshman” and “sophomore” albums most critics mean full length … which for MGMT is Oracular Spectacular then Congratulations. Yeah they had a few EP and single albums released as well as some remix albums and songs they’ve been guests on, but only 2 full length…

    Also, I’m not knocking them because I happen to be a huge MGMT fan as well … but “Flash Delirium” sounds as if they took everything people like from their other songs and shoved it into a garbage disposal – without any thought put into the fact that all those great sounds make one loud noise that make people run for the hills. It sounds like they’re trying entirely too hard. On the other hand, I haven’t given the album too much of a listen yet except the title track, which is a totally different sound for them that I’m digging but will be hard to make the press like “Kids” etc did…

    That’s all I’ve got.

  • Comment by MGMT Fan posted April 13, 2010 at 15:15

    I meant one they have when they were originally known as “the management” before MGMT. This one was called “Climbing to New Lows”.