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Oracular Spectacular
Studio album by MGMT
Released October 2, 2007 (digital) January 22, 2008 (CD & LP)
Recorded March 2007 - April 2007
Genre Alternative dance
Length 40:18
Label Sony/Columbia
Producer Dave Fridmann
Professional reviews
MGMT chronology
Time to Pretend EP
Oracular Spectacular
Singles from Oracular Spectacular
  1. "Time to Pretend"
    Released: March 3, 2008
  2. "Electric Feel"
    Released: June 23, 2008
  3. "Kids"
    Released: October 13, 2008
Alternate cover
2007 digital cover

Oracular Spectacular is the first major label studio album by Brooklyn, New York indie rock band MGMT, released digitally October 2, 2007 on Columbia Records, available in CD & LP formats from January 22, 2008.[1] The album, which has sold over 1 million copies worldwide, was nominated for best international album in the 2009 BRIT Awards. It features new versions of both "Kids" and "Time to Pretend", songs from their previous release, Time to Pretend EP (2005), the opening track serving as a "mission statement" and theme continued through the proceeding tracks. Pitchfork Media compared MGMT to Muse and Mew, but weaving in an early 90s Britpop sound.[2] Prefix Magazine said the album "sounds like a college-dorm experiment gone horribly right."[3] It was named the best album of 2008 by NME.


Track listing

All songs written and composed by Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser. 

Oracular Spectacular
# Title Length
1. "Time to Pretend"   4:21
2. "Weekend Wars"   4:12
3. "The Youth"   3:48
4. "Electric Feel"   3:49
5. "Kids"   5:02
6. "4th Dimensional Transition"   3:58
7. "Pieces of What"   2:43
8. "Of Moons, Birds & Monsters"   4:46
9. "The Handshake"   3:39
10. "Future Reflections"   4:02


  • "Knowing that the Almost Famous notion of stardom doesn't exist anymore (if it ever did), the duo of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser realize they're "fated to pretend." It's a charming idea — making a career out of fantasizing — and on Oracular Spectacular, they not only accept their playacting destiny, they demonstrate that, just maybe, it's a path more people should take." - Eric Harvey, Pitchfork Media
  • "This space-rock gem mocks the clichéd coke-and-hookers rock-star lifestyle, over big synth whooshes." - Kevin O'Donnell of Rolling Stone on the single "Time to Pretend".[4]
  • "We redid a lot of our songs that sounded too polished... Dave (producer David Fridmann) ended up running the tracks through this thing that crushed them and made them sound really gross again. They're a lot better now." - Ben Goldwasser in Rolling Stone[4]


Chart (2008) Peak
Certification Physical sales
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[5] 6 Platinum[6] 70,000+[citation needed]
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart 10 Gold[7] 15,000+[citation needed]
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart 55
Canadian Albums Chart 24 Gold[8] 50,000+[citation needed]
Dutch Albums Chart 45
French Albums Chart 22 Silver[9] 65,480[citation needed]
Irish Albums Chart [10] 5 2× Platinum[11] 30,000+[citation needed]
Italian Albums Chart 85
Japanese Oricon Albums Chart 161
Mexican Albums Chart[12] 74
New Zealand Albums Chart[13] 13 Gold 7,500+[citation needed]
Swiss Albums Chart 68
UK Albums Chart 8 Platinum[14] 300,000+[citation needed]
U.S. Billboard 200 38 Gold[15] 500,000+[citation needed]
End of year chart (2008) Position
Australian Albums Chart 16[16]
French Albums Chart 77[17]
UK Albums Chart 65[18]


  1. ^ "Oracular Spectacular on Amazon". Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  2. ^ Harvey, Eric. "Oracular Spectacular: Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  3. ^ Goldmeier, Jeremy. "Oracular Spectacular: Album review". Prefix Magazine. Retrieved 2007-11-26. 
  4. ^ a b O'Donnell, Kevin. "Artist to Watch: MGMT". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-11-14. 
  5. ^ "Oracular Spectacular ARIA Albums". Australian ARIA Albums Chart. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
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  10. ^ "Irish Album Chart 13th March 2008". Retrieved 2008-04-03. 
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  12. ^ "AMPROFON: Week 43" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  13. ^ "Oracular Spectacular RIANZ Albums". Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
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