LP4 - Ratatat
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  • Summary: Ratatat's LP4 includes some tracks from the recording sessions from the duo's 2008 release LP3.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. So LP4 may seem like a glorified mess but it has all the coherence and sensorial vigor of one of those Ed Hardy ink designs: unabashedly gaudy with a hard-assed physique; its Byzantium details revealing a mid-to-late century decadence that may still only appeal to a select audience.
  2. The New York duo make experimental electro pop that works.
  3. It means you can put on LP4 around any mixed group of people at a barbeque or house party this summer and people can simply enjoy the sensory pleasure of interesting, lively music without analysing the cultural baggage than comes with it. The King of Space-age Pop would surely be proud.
  4. 70
    Four albums on, Mike Stroud and Evan Mast have barely altered their instrumental electro/indie/hip-hop hybrid, except to expand and refine its tasteful details.
  5. A good deal of the album (particularly the first half) uses the new-fangled instrumentation sporadically, as an afterthought to a slightly darker version of the duo's time-honored techniques. This is where LP4, though flawlessly produced, is messy.
  6. LP4 hints at the band's potential. The mildly weirder arrangements and quirkier synth twists on Party With Children are signs of what they should have fully run with.
  7. LP4 is every bit as unimaginative as its title suggests, picking up quite literally where 2008's lackluster LP3 left off.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 30, 2011
    Yet again, another album whose ratings have been slashed by the critics, in an genre which they really don't understand. This is undoubtedly a jewel in Ratatat's crown. This album takes a much more abstract or "trippy" approach than their other albums, and succeeds. Yet again, Ratatat doesn't fail to deliver, and I can't find a single track in the entire album that I dislike. My favorite would have to be "Bilar," because of the incredible drop in the beginning. This is probably the best album Ratatat has released to date, and the best album I've purchased this year. Expand
  2. Oct 26, 2012
    This album, in my mind, is the pinacle of Ratatats collection so far. The opening track is one of the most beautiful pieces of music that I have ever heard. It is abstract and disjointed and absolutely beautiful. 10/10. A masterpiece. Expand
  3. Nov 5, 2013
    [5.1] For an electronic group with so much promise, Ratatat has a bad tendency to execute their music sloppily and ironically, without much energy. For a band that can sometimes produce orchestral electronics with a fairly limited range of tools (as far as other bands of their kind goes), most of the problem with this album is that it is just too boring. The instruments are brought together in a wonky way that doesn't help with the group's lack of vocal input. Overall, Ratatat tries too hard to be an experiment instead of a full blown project. Expand