how so.. have you listened to their first album? besides time to pretend and kids, the rest sounds very similar to Congratulations. I really don't understand why people were so against their last album.. honestly, listen to the songs besides their singles and you'll see where that album is coming from. I don't think they ever had ambitions to be mainstream, nor are they trying to avoid being it. Not trying to come off like a snob, but if people truly liked their debut.. they wouldn't have been surprised by Congratulations at all.. Not saying you in particular, but I feel like most people only know this band by their two "mainstream" singles, which are both very different then the rest of their material.
This. I've had the privelege of knowing this band since The Management days and they've always just done this for fun, no ambitions of being super popular or "making it" it just sort of happened. I tell people all the time that the first half of Oracular Spectacular
is "mainstream" and the songs I did love off that album were never "Time to Pretend," "Kids" or "Electric Feel," it's always been "Of Birds, Moons and Monsters" for me. The second half of OS
is the exact same as Congratulations
. People really need to sit down and listen to both albums back to back and see for themselves.
Now I have to listen to both albums today after work and enjoy some chill music.