Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Brooding, dark, and sometimes depressing indie rock.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

While MGMT's cryptic messages aren't excessively negative, they're decidedly dark and somewhat depressing.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The band's music may not be bright and cheery, but the members have kept their personal lives clean and relatively drama-free.


A couple of eyebrow-raising lyrics related to violence, including "Hey I found a whistle that hangs like a charm / And when my noose is tied I could blow it ... Hey I've got a pistol that's aimed at your heart."


Some light swearing; for example, "half-assed."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that these songs don't contain graphic language, sexual descriptions, or references to substance use; at worst the tunes contain very minor profanity and ambiguous references to violence. However, the songs have a dark, brooding overtone that may intensify those feelings among troubled teen listeners.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byfosterthemonster May 2, 2012

MGMT is one of the best bands left

Their music has some dark things but nothing to mature for kids 10 up
Kid, 11 years old January 3, 2011

For kids who take music seriously

MGMT is not a band that most kids like, as this new album is very dark, and not poppy. The band, who seems like they didn't like the popularity of their fi... Continue reading
Kid, 0 years old October 14, 2010

Best album of 2010! imo

This is now my favourite album of 2010. Seriously, it's amazing the best song, (in my opinion) is Siberian Breaks. It's a long song, roughly twelve mi... Continue reading

What's the story?

Following on the heels of their enormously successful debut record, Oracular Spectacular, MGMT is back with their second album, CONGRATULATIONS. Somewhat taken aback by their commercial success, the band has rebelled by refusing to release any of the songs on this CD as singles. In terms of the songs themselves, they once again reflect a pensive, often depressing perspective on life, intensified by the group's newfound fame and all of the demands that come with it. Though the album is fairly free of serious adult content -- aside from a couple of minor swear words and ambiguous references to violence -- its overarching tone is dark enough that emotionally troubled teens may find it further brings them down.

Is it any good?

Congratulations is a solid sophomore effort from MGMT, filled with songs that feature many of the trademark moves of the alt-rocker -- such as the organ and hauntingly hollow vocal effects. Still, the band ventures off the beaten path every now and again with a few non-formulaic surprises, including the Motown-like "Someone's Missing" and the light, '70s-esque "Siberian Breaks."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what types of music can help you cope with difficult emotions without becoming more depressed or upset. Can you think of five songs that you can relate to that aren't especially negative?

  • Aside from lyrics, how can musical sounds help to lift your mood?

Music details

  • Artist: MGMT
  • Release date: April 13, 2010
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: Indie Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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