• Record Label: XL
  • Release Date: Jun 8, 2010
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Stroud and Mast are still two of the best beat alchemists around, able to craft layer upon layer of instrument and sounds to brilliant effect, but it still sounds like you've all heard it before. It all leads to LP4 having little identity of its own, with the unfortunate tendency for tracks to blur into one another.
  2. 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.
  3. The Wire
    60
    The results are mixed. The album never fully escapes the feeling of rootless hipster genre-rifling. But the skill of Mast and Stroud at engineering riffs cannot be denied. [Jul 2010, p.60]
  4. Uncut
    60
    All too often, though, slick jams such as "Drugs" and "Party With Children" resemble library tracks, exercises in style that pirouette exquistely, but shy away from becoming anything meaningful. [Aug 2010, p.93]
  5. Ratatat always aimed for the flashy yet mass-produced flavor of sub-luxe fashion and lifestyle accessories--and for at least two albums, they hit their mark. But at this point, their sound is wearing increasingly thin and producing diminished results.
  6. Dec 21, 2010
    40
    As quiet strings and stupid whizzing noises pull the curtain on LP4, all I imagine is Ratatat going, "Alright, party's over, guys" and all I can think is "wait, is that what was happening for the past 43 minutes?"
  7. What's frustrating is that beneath the surface of LP4 there appears to be the basis for a great record. But its execution is too rote, too much the result of being so entrenched in the band's Ratatat-ness that the material is suffocated.
  8. LP4 is every bit as unimaginative as its title suggests, picking up quite literally where 2008's lackluster LP3 left off.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Jan 30, 2011
    10
    Yet again, another album whose ratings have been slashed by the critics, in an genre which they really don't understand. This is undoubtedlyYet 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. Full Review »
  2. Nov 5, 2013
    5
    [5.1] For an electronic group with so much promise, Ratatat has a bad tendency to execute their music sloppily and ironically, without much[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. Full Review »
  3. Oct 26, 2012
    10
    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 IThis 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. Full Review »