it totally hear u about oracular. i guess for me, i loved oracular when it came out, i considered mgmt one of my fav bands. but congrats stole my heart, and mgmt became my favourite band. everyone has their own emotional reactions and memories attached to albums and that's a beautiful thing! to me, oracular is a tad played out (most songs, some songs still stick as amazing and I'll never tire of them). but personally, congrats has that space in my heart and to be honest, i wouldnt be surprised if in my musical opinion they never top it. For example I don't expect them to top the lush emotions and numerous sections of their "symphony" Siberian Breaks. but whatever about ranking past albums and whatnot! this album is totally different than anything they've ever done. i've only listened to it once, certain songs twice, and will listen again now. i agree that *SOME OF* their best songs are on this album. but anything other than that would have been a true disappointment. Okay okay I'm gonna stop with my opinions now!
I'm just kind of amazed that after all this time, all this anticipation and after *100* (!!!) pages of this thread, it's FINALLY OUT! I'm glad they "leaked" it themselves. And I'm happy to hear the new fruits of their crazy amount of labour. And the Optimizer.... is anyone talking about the Optimizer?? IT"S SO FREAKY COOL! As part of their live show, it will definitely be a full *experience*! New tour dates, boys???