(31) Days of Good: Day 5

Today’s picks come from two bands that both released follow ups to fantastic debut albums. The first one comes to us from the American psychedelic rock band, MGMT.

MGMT burst onto the scene with one of 2007’s finest, Oracular Spectacular. That album was huge and there was just about nothing wrong with it…except maybe that it was too good. Now MGMT had the incredibly difficult task of living up to everyone’s expectations with their sophomore effort.

Congratulations was released this last April and while it may not have the instant favorites and radio hits that Oracular Spectacular had, it is still a mighty fine record. You can tell when listening, that this album is a passion project and the boys made the album they wanted to make, not what they were expected to make. My favorite track is actually the first one I listened to—Flash Delirium. I’ll be completely honest, when I first listened to this I was somewhat disappointed. The track’s distinct clash of styles at first turned me off, but after much more listening, the song grew on me and it is now one of my favorite MGMT songs overall. It’s almost like 2 or 3 songs in one and the continuous buildup and eventual explosiveness of the track makes it impossible to not blast the song from your car stereo.
Purchase Congratulations via Amazon or iTunes
More MGMT @ whoismgmt.com
I was pleasantly surprised with this next band’s latest. Indie rock and NYC natives, Vampire Weekend, came out of nowhere with the 2008 release of their self-titled debut album. It’s not that I disliked that album, it just isn’t a favorite of mine. So needless to say, I wasn’t overly excited for the 2010 release of Contra. However, after the band released Horchata as a free download and as I started to hear more (thank you very much Hype Machine), I really began to enjoy the album and it’s probably one of my favorite 2010 releases.

If I had to pick one favorite right now, it would definitely be Run. The combination of syths, drum machines, and the swooning vocals of Ezra Koenig make for a fantastic track and one of my favorites of 2010 (the 2:39 mark is my favorite part, listen to it with good headphones and turn it up).

Purchase Contra via Amazon or iTunes
More Vampire Weekend @ vampireweekend.com
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