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Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

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  • Summary: This is the all-instrumental (think somewhere in between Out Hud and Daft Punk) debut album for the New York duo of Evan Mast and Mike Stroud (who formerly operated under the name Cherry).
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. What we have here is a long-awaited stepchild of IDM and hair metal sensibilities, joined by the omnivorous appetite of hip-hop.
  2. A happy mess of ideas, fun and riffing. [Jul 2004, p.122]
  3. The band's sound is both fresh and nostalgic, and so pretty that it seems overly harsh to criticize them too much at this point. It's just that Ratatat is good enough to suggest that, with a little more diversity, the group could do even better things.
  4. The end result is a sugar-high of electronic keyboard and guitars reaching glam-rock heights and booty shaking lows, all based around very simple, classical ideas of song-structure.
  5. 67
    Without French accents or anime babes, this kind of thing just feels incomplete. [Jul 2004, p.110]
  6. Like early arcade-game programmers, Ratatat are working with a greatly reduced palette, and the synth reductionism means they're never going to escape cute.
  7. Their songs routinely beg for a spoken message, to the point where their originals sound like dub versions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. KellyP
    Aug 19, 2005
    The best album I've ever heard...ever. It's a revelation, simply beautiful.
  2. davidr.
    May 27, 2006
    Nice. So I guess it's 2006 and that's all we're getting from Ratatat.
  3. MattyB
    Jul 8, 2005
    One of my favorite albums in years, beautiful guitars, and wonderful simplicity makes the songs vibes loud and clear If its not your thing it's not your thing, but suggesting that Ratatat add vocals is like suggesting that Jackson Pollock should try painting some landscapes, or still life.....its just dumb. Expand
  4. LeonardoF
    Oct 25, 2005
    a great album.
  5. FinnJK
    Dec 25, 2006
    Instant love. I'm struggling not to give it a full ten. The main reason it doesn't max out is the chiptune'ish backdrop. I love the sound - but it's not generally compatible with a lot of people. So, I'll give it a 9, as it appeals to me, but not a whole lot of my friends... Expand
  6. Toby
    Jan 15, 2005
    A winding and energetic album that at first listen wants lyrics, but when it doesn't deliver, it's way more than okay.
  7. StefanP
    Jan 13, 2005
    Fucking awful

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