Orac­u­lar Spec­tac­u­lar Columbia

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JIM CAR­ROLL

Flash­back time again. On their de­but album, MGMT duo Andrew Vanwyn­gar­den and Ben Gold­wasser tip jaun­tily an­gled hats to rock’s most odd­ball and proggy prac­ti­tion­ers. Yet they’re also acutely aware of just where pop har­monies should come into the equa­tion. Pro­ducer David Frid­mann pre­vi­ously worked with The Flam­ing Lips and, yes, there are lines to be drawn be­tween those Okie City dream­ers and this New York pair, par­tic­u­larly in how they spike their melodies. But the real beauty of Orac­u­lar Spec­tac­u­lar lies in its lav­ish lay­ers of tech­ni­coloured sounds, smartly struc­tured pop nu­ances (you won’t hear a bet­ter alt.pop tune all year than the space-rock majesty of Time to Pre­tend) and the duo’s gen­eral de­ter­mi­na­tion to re­make the sound of David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold the World by way of Sparks and Queen. www.who­is­ Down­load tracks: Time to Pre­tend, Week­end Wars

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