Music created out of experimentation and pleasure will always come out differently than music created by people who want to be "big fucking rock stars." With that ambition out of the way, the pressure is off, imagination is unrestrained, and lyrics are able to drip with believable "whatevs." MGMT started as something fun to do and their debut full-length album Oracular Spectacular is very genuine and likeable because of this.
Don't get me wrong, this isn't amateur music and it's not like they couldn't end up "big fucking rock stars." It's just that the ego trip (and subsequent music that follows) isn't likely to happen here. How could it when their major label debut begins with these lyrics? "I'm feeling rough, I'm feeling raw, I'm in the prime of my life / let's make some music / make some money / find some models for wives / I'll move to Paris, shoot some heroin and fuck with the stars / you man the island and the cocaine and the elegant cars..."
MGMT channels Bowie with "Weekend Wars," issues "a call of arms to live and love and sleep together" in the Britpop influenced "The Youth," and then breaks out a funkified all-skate jam complete with Bee Gee's falsettos in "Electric Feel." Since your ass is already shaking, they follow it with "Kids" - a song irresistible to anyone who owns the dance floor on new wave/Britpop dance nights.
The second half is more psychedelic. "Pieces of What" is a great acoustic hidden track that just happens to be out in the open. "Future Reflections" could have been the soundtrack to the night I was on 'shrooms and sure garden gnomes were talking to me, and really, how often do modern day "big fucking rock stars" provide someone with that soundtrack?