A funny thing happened Friday night: MGMT's sophomore album Congratulations leaked on the internet. With the album not due out until April 13, the band figured they might as well use this to their advantage and stream it on their official website.
|Yup. That's the album art.|
The band had this to offer about the leak:
"Hey everybody, the album leaked, and we wanted you to be able to hear it from us. We wanted to offer it as a free download but that didn't make sense to anyone but us."
A free download is a pretty noble idea coming from the band, but I am sure their label shit a brick when they brought that up. Whatever the case, Congratulations is streaming now, and the expectations on the album are dangerously high, thanks in no small part to the massive hype surrounding MGMT.
This second album from MGMT is either going to soar or go down in flames. I personally haven't had a chance to really listen to it -- I'm too busy with She & Him and The Golden Filter -- but I am intrigued to find out how it sounds.
Stereogum has already had a chance to listen and they have offered up on of their Premature Evaluations
on it. A lot of their focus is placed on the massive hype surrounding the band -- namely Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, the brains behind MGMT. Their first album propelled them to unheard of heights for a new band, and the subsequent widespread acclaim followed. A lot of focus on the band -- even my own, admittedly -- has been on the god-awful hype and exposure they have been afforded in their early career. Lost in all the hype is the actual music, and if it is any good.
The band has provided the music
, and now its up to listeners to determine the album's potential/appeal. Will it be as well received as Oracular Spectacular
or will it wither away and be forgotten, unable to shake off the massive hangover from MGMT's much heralded debut?
For all of this, I have one simple plea: can people please stop listening to "Time to Pretend" now?