Oracular Spectacular

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Jan 22, 2008
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 198 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 198

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  1. ChristianP.
    Jan 31, 2008
    6
    The first song is wonderful. The rest is forgettable.
  2. KyleJ
    Feb 8, 2009
    4
    I bought into the hype and purchased the entire album. I regret this. While "Time to Pretend", "Kids", and "Electric Feel" are all very good and show what potential MGMT have, the rest of the album is annoying and forgettable.
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Alternative Press
    90
    Oracular may be a complex effort, but the verdict is simple--it's brilliant. [Feb 2008, p.115]
  2. Under The Radar
    80
    Though the record is slightly front-loaded, there's nary a dud to be found here. [Winter 2008, p.86]
  3. While Oracular Spectacular has its sophomoric moments (you’d be wise to avoid the nasal whine of 'Weekend Wars'), a listen to 'Climbing To New Lows'--a catchy demo set from their undergrad days--will make anyone see what attracted the bigwigs at Columbia in the first place.