Listened to this album probably 15 times through now since I got it and it still hasn't grabbed me much. I've really tried to get into their new direction but this album just seems really inconsistent. Seems more like they knew what they DIDNT want to sound like instead of knowing what they did want to sound like.
Don't get me wrong, I still like several songs on this album but *to me* its just not as good or fun as their last album period. And I am not a "singles" guy at all.
after letting this album soak in for almost three months, i must say that your review is almost spot-on. after my first listen, i never thought i'd be going back to this album as much as i have. only thing i disagree with is that it's the "opposite" of OS. I definitely think that the non-singles from OS were a hint at things to come. a few of those songs would fit right in on Congratulations, even. this is such a great album; definitely a grower.
I love all the poser comments saying they're MGMT fans because they liked OS. There's still 2 albums and 2 EP's other than OS. How can you claim to be a fan when you only like 20% of their work? Incredible album. If you don't like it.. well you can go suck MTV's dick.