LP3 - Ratatat
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  • Summary: This is the third album for the Brooklyn, New York duo.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
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  1. While these beats keep you hooked without a single word, surely they'd sound phenomenal with the right vocal on top. [15 Aug 2008, p.67]
  2. The result is some kind of cosmic machine music, reflecting not just a stoner’s world of internalized minimalist headbanging but an entire universe of culture, texture, and possibility.
  3. Adventurous beat-mining producers like the aforementioned West could very well be using bits of several of these tracks for a Common beat before the year is finished. But even if that doesn't happen, keep this collection close: Someone's definitely going to try to steal your copy.
  4. LP3 is a stronger outing, though it's not necessarily harder or faster.
  5. 70
    LP3 is as wildly organic as instrumental electronica gets without becoming another genre (or five) altogether.
  6. The balancing act that any group has to perform in successive albums remains askew here. In trying to bring outside influences into their specific sound, Ratatat have gained an appreciation for novel sounds, even if they don't fit in well.
  7. 40
    The result is strangely enervating. [Aug 2008, p.103]

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. Oct 5, 2013
    9
    People may find the album a bit weird, but it's great. Ratatat uses not-so-conventional techniques of playing, but I think it's their greatest album..
  2. CaseyE.
    Jul 9, 2008
    9
    Some completely different techniques, but the same old, awesome Ratatat.
  3. KurtW.
    Jul 9, 2008
    9
    Definitely different from their previous works, but in a good, progressive way. much more diverse than their previous two efforts. there are Definitely different from their previous works, but in a good, progressive way. much more diverse than their previous two efforts. there are songs on here that are as good as anything i've heard from them (falcon jab, mirando, shempi). best album so far in what my opinion has been a very weak year. Expand
  4. Siege
    Jul 10, 2008
    8
    Definitely quality music, but the energy is entriely different than Classics or the first LP. As a whole, the album feels cohesive. Definitely quality music, but the energy is entriely different than Classics or the first LP. As a whole, the album feels cohesive. Individually, each track is untethered and not exceptional. The highs are much less high and lows, much less low, but overall, listenable, enjoyable and a vereable stepping stone to their magnum opus. Also, not quite as danceable. Expand
  5. MalteS.
    Jul 10, 2008
    7
    Not as good as their previous albums. it lacks the catchy, unique ratatat-melodies and puts too much emphasis on diversity, like "oh, Not as good as their previous albums. it lacks the catchy, unique ratatat-melodies and puts too much emphasis on diversity, like "oh, let's try to put 7 more instruments into this song". still, "mirando" alone makes up for a lot. Freaking amazing. Expand