MGMT have a decent set of stones: They opted not to record Oracular Spectacular 2 (which is undoubtedly what their label, Columbia, wanted), instead deciding not to write any single-worthy material for their sophomore set, Congratulations. But the dudes in the band seem uneasy with their decision, apologizing for songs and now worrying aloud about whether or not anyone will really like the album:
If we tried to re-create our last album and someone didn’t like it, I think it would have been really difficult to look them in the eye and tell them we really believed in the album,” [Ben] Goldwasser says. “But now, if someone tells us that it sucks, we don’t give a shit.” Striking another note, VanWyngarden adds, “But if this doesn’t work, if this isn’t what people want to hear, then I’m not sure what we’ll do next.
It’s one thing to claim you didn’t want anyone to think you were just copying your last album, but it’s another to then worry about the decision. Own it, fellas! There were plenty of people who hated your last one, so it’s not like you’ll be able to please everyone all the time. Stop worrying. You made this mostly tuneless bed, you’ve got to lay in it. [New York]