Classics - Ratatat
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  • Summary: Anyone disappointed by the last Daft Punk album might enjoy this funky, largely instrumental second album for the New York duo.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
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  1. Outwardly it's a fun album, triumphant and full of majestic refrains and riffs... but there's still something in it,... that makes it somehow all very sad.
  2. Achieves a slinky grandeur surpassing that of its terrific debut. [Sep 2006, p.75]
  3. While sometimes Classics sees the group straying from their conceptual center, it’s never without Ratatat’s unmistakable identity and indelible gentle humor.
  4. 70
    It's very Art Of Noise circa 1991. [#73, p.104]
  5. Laid back as it is, what Classics lacks is the force of purpose to overcome its target audience of hipster kids' aversion to--or limited ability for--dancing.
  6. Classics can testify just like Ratatat (2004) did, and there’s no shirking of moral duty to melody, but the “growth” between the two albums leaves the sophomore effort a bit of a chore.
  7. 40
    This time they've vacuumed all the loose dirt out of the silicon chamber and left a low-funk environment. [Nov 2006, p.154]

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  1. Nov 8, 2013
    8
    Pitchfork is being too hard on this one. This album offers a lot of great songs, like Loud Pipes and Wildcat.
    Definitely an 8. Not a nine,
    but very close to it. Very. Expand

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