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Ratatat (Mike Stroud and Evan Mast) are pleased to announce the release of LP4 through XL Recordings on June 8, 2010. LP4 is the follow up to LP3 which was released to worldwide critical acclaim in July 2008.

The album, their fourth for XL, was conceived following the prolific LP3 recording sessions at Old Soul Studios, in rural upstate New York and much of the album was ultimately was ... Read more in Amazon's Ratatat Store

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  • Audio CD (August 22, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Xl Recordings
  • ASIN: B000GH3COS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,800 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

Classics" remains resolutely instrumental, but the band has introduced a wealth of new sounds, from acoustic and slide guitar to sleigh bells and cello. Their vastly improved production and writing makes this record a refinement of their art. "Ratatat lay squealing metal harmonies over choppy Neptunes-style dance thumps, then break into pastoral waves of keyboard tone, riding dub tempos and hip-hop struts. They're crotch-pumping arena pimps and introverted minimalists..." - Blender. "Stroud and Mast have come up with some catchy melodies over light, snappy bass lines in what sounds like something tailored for the headphones" - Urb. The band has toured with Interpol, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, The Stills, and Mouse On Mars.

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This album has a lot more substance to it, and is faster as a whole.
Logan Seguin
Focusing primarily on Ratatat's sound, the band makes heavy use of guitar, bass guitar, and synthesizer.
Ian Nathan
I listened to this album several times a day for about a week and loved it.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Logan Seguin on September 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Ratatat's second album Classics, is full of energy, but mostly great instrumentation. The music is yet again all synthesizers, drum machines, guitar and bass. But this time it seems that the duo has grow up a little, with a much more mature follow up to the very good self titled album. This album has a lot more substance to it, and is faster as a whole. I got to see them on their Classics Tour and live you can see all the energy that each song has.

This album to me sounds almost like what their self titled album was supposed to be, there are lots of common threads between the albums, but Classics seems to just take the ideas further. The songs also have a more set structure, which makes it easier to get into each song.

All in all, I am a fan of their first album, but would have to say that this album is probably two times better...in my opinion.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Horan on April 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Ratatat have an instrumental sound somewhere between the softer side of Daft Punk and The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour. Don't let their gruff, hirsute faces fool you, this is seductive background music for a party, a long drive, or anything else that keeps your mind engaged or sets your body in motion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dad on January 11, 2014
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I bought this album based on a song I herd on Pandora. I am very happy with the purchase; the rest of the album is great too!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Craig on September 7, 2006
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"If you like Explosions in the Sky, Depeche Mode, and Air's "Moon Safari" than buy this album." I never heard of the band until it was recommened to me from the record store teen and the guy was right on. This is a cool album, very creative and by far one of my best purchases in several years and I own lots of cd's. It lacks the gimmicky pop sound often with electronic music and is not the constant repeating of a looped melody: this keeps the songs fresh after many listenings. This album goes to the top of my list as best of 2006 and will certainly be a Christmas gift for friends and family. If the band continues on this path and doesn't get lazy (like Air and Royksopp) there is little doubt they will be very well known. The next Depeche Mode?? Only time will tell, but this album is promissing and a good addition.
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Focusing primarily on Ratatat's sound, the band makes heavy use of guitar, bass guitar, and synthesizer. Their songs are devoid of any lyrics or chorus but still remain intensely emotional and remarkably catchy. Typical of most electronic or "technosonic" music, the measures are looped and minimalist changes occur throughout. However, superimposed on these looping song fragments is a rigid and traceable structure that allows Ratatat's music to be listened to as though it had distinct choruses and verses. My favorite aspect of Ratatat's sound is that though the same theme is repeated, it transforms just quickly enough to keep you interested. Typically, as I begin to tire of a rhythm, the song leaps into an entirely new theme to explore.

I noticed that when I attempt to describe what a specific Ratatat song sounds like I end up describing almost every song of theirs. I was actually reminded of Ratatat by a 1964 composition using some of the first synthesizers by Moog and Buchla . This fact highlighted for me that it's certainly not the complexity of the synthesizer or other instruments used in Ratatat's songs that makes them appealing. Rather, despite the similarity of techniques and instruments used to create tracks, I never tire of their songs and it's easy to find unique aspects to appreciate in each of their songs. In fact, this is one of Ratatat's strengths; they can create textures and themes that combine to form unique songs while at the same time can effortlessly create tracks that blend extremely well with each other due to their similarities.

Turning to this album in particular, "Classics" is Ratatat's second studio album and shows definite growth and depth in contrast to their first self-titled album.
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By reviewman on March 15, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Ratatat is an electronic music group out of New York comprised of two members: Mike Stroud (guitar) and Evan Mast (bass, synthesizer, producer). Since breaking out on the electronic music scene in 2004 with their self-titled album, they have toured on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean solo and lined up with groups such as Björk, the Killers, and Daft Punk. Ratatat's first album was almost entirely instrumental, featuring short vocal samples on select tracks. They followed this up with two volumes of remixes in which they superimposed their own beats and electronic sound over tracks from popular hip-hop musicians such as Kanye West, Jay-Z, T.I., and The Notorious B.I.G. Ratatat may have achieved their greatest success and critical renown from these two remix volumes but the group's best original music comes from the 2006 release of Classics, a return to their instrumental roots. Of all the great songs on this album, "Wildcat" sticks out to me as the best due to its catchy and expressive beat and the use of a multitude of diverse sounds, tones, and electronic effects that creates a powerful and memorable song that begs the listener abuse the repeat feature on their mp3 player or stereo.
The song starts off with a high-pitched resonating melody backed by occasional but well-timed accents from a high-pitched guitar note with a sharp effect, accenting the melody sporadically. This builds to introduce the core beat of the song which drops in sync with the melody 17 seconds in after the high-pitched but distinctive roar of--don't hold your breath--a wildcat. The bass adds another layer and increased complexity to the song. The beat continues and ringing sounds, wildcats, and high guitar riffs accent the core that I described in the previous sentences.
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