Oracular Spectacular is the first major label studio album by American band MGMT. The album, which has sold over 1 million copies worldwide, was nominated for best international album in the 2009 BRIT Awards. In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 494 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Japanese Edition includes four bonus tracks.
This DVD/2CD set includes a deluxe lift top box packaging and postcards. The DVD includes promo videos, footage from Top of the Pops from 2001, Later…With Jools Holland: 06/09/2001, and Top of the Pops: 08/17/2001. The CDs include the original album plus a CD with footage from Pyramid Song, Knives Out, Canal + Studios from 2001, and I Might Be Wrong - live recordings
Young American composer Timothy Andres (b. 1985) has received a good deal of positive buzz in the last few years, and his works have been championed by various significant individuals, including New Yorker critic Alex Ross and composer-conductor John Adams. This CD contains a 10-movement work for two pianos composed in 2005–07, as Andres’ senior thesis for Yale University. My first exposure to Andres’ music was a live premiere in 2006 of a rather dull concert band piece. However, hearing other works of his in the years that followed quickly showed me that Andres was a composer of great imagination and character. (That band piece had clearly been a misguided “one-off.” It is a good lesson to be reminded of in general, not to necessarily draw too many conclusions from the very first piece one might encounter.) I was thus very pleased when our editor sent me this release, which is Andres’ CD debut.