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LP4

June 8, 2010

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 8, 2010
  • Label: XL
  • Copyright: 2010 XL Recordings Ltd.
  • Total Length: 42:35
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B003JOKU04
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,344 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Overall Amazing Album!!
Cameraon Swagger
After listening to the song "Alps" from this album numerous times (and being brought to tears.....weird for me) I decided to choose the song to walk down the aisle to.
L. Bell
Taking a very southern Southern SOUTHERN tone, with a mix of ambiance and animals tones, they have created a wickedly addicting and creative album.
Chris G.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cameraon Swagger on June 8, 2010
Format: MP3 Music
While many of these songs were recorded during the same session that produced LP3, the two years of re-working the songs has produced a new sound that is noticeably different than LP3, while still keeping the distinct Ratatat flavor. The pure genius of multi-instrumentalist and producer Evan Mast and guitarist Mike Stroud shines with this new album, keeping the listener regardless of the times played. Overall Amazing Album!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Hodges on November 21, 2010
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Outside of the general categorization of electronica, "LP4" defies a more specific description. When I was exposed to "LP4", its organic, thematic qualities immediately caught my ear. Those familiar with Jean-Michel Jarre may recognize "LP4" as a more playful species of his work, while fans of Daft Punk will also find a lot to relate to. Ratatat takes electronica as seriously as Daft Punk did in the late 90s, but "LP4" is less expressly geared towards dance culture. It will undoubtedly get some heads bobbing, but Ratatat's atmosphere and aesthetic are also geared towards active listening. They mine the creative potential of electronic medium like Trevor Horn and the Art of Noise did in the 80s.

Unlike their elders, however, Ratatat enjoys a technological environment in which electronica has the increasing potential to sound less electronic. This grants a relatively small and underground group like Ratatat the capacity to create music of vast sonic complexity. What took Jarre a roomful of synthesizers and technicians in the 80s now can be done on a club stage with a more efficient and autonomous laptop. This organic side of Ratatat also emerges no small part due to guitarist Mike Stroud. His insistently melodic and sometimes epic style is playfully reminiscent of Queen's Brian May. His use of processing creates walls of guitar that certainly recall May's studio approach.

Upon listening to "LP4," the powerful rhythmic hooks of the track "Drugs" immediately struck me. The following track "Neckbrace" is a similarly driving pastiche of strings and indescribable melodic electro-vocals. These upbeat songs are counterbalanced by darker, more atmospheric pieces like "Bare Feast," which pushes harpsichord right up against Panjabi drums.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PuroShaggy on February 27, 2011
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For an instrumental album, composed and performed by two guys with a synthesizer and a guitar (with a couple engaging sound bites to mix-up the landscape), LP4 is another impressive outing by Ratatat.
How to describe the music on this album? At times, it reminds me (in a good way)of one of those slick, 70's session player albums that Jeff Beck or Boz Scaggs put out. The sound is bright and poppy, the melodies are non-stop, and there is so much going on in each song- in this case, such a wide-variety of synthesized yet enjoyable sounds- that the lack of vocals never gets dull or repetitive. Every song sounds like Ratatat, yet hints at other genres and/or artists in respectful ways. "Neckbrace" sounds like one of the aforementioned '70s tracks, driven by some funk inspired bass. "We Can't Be Stopped" sounds like an Elton John ballad, one of the wonderfully overproduced ones from the '70s. "Bare Feast" dabbles in middle-eastern flavors and would not be out of place on an M.I.A. album, while "Bob Gandhi" can't decide if it belongs on a Talking Heads or TV On the Radio release. Song after song, Ratatat produce their own versions of musical ideas indulged more in depth by other artists without coming across as merely playing lip service.
This is not their best effort, either in terms of consistency of tracks or in terms of staking out new territory. It is, however, undeniably Ratatat, which is original enough to make this electro-pop, percussion driven, synthesizer celebrating release a worthy purchase.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brady Fox on November 30, 2011
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Ever since Ratatat's start in the New York suburbs in 1999, many critics find the Ratatat duo, Mike Stroud and Evan Mast, to be either brilliant or ignorant. I find them to be brilliant. Over a decade into their career, the duo has grown in popularity with their music being categorized into many genres, including hip-hop and electro-rock, with a hint of slide guitar. Despite a throwaway culture, Ratatat has managed to fill venues and sell albums with their funky, yet danceable tracks.
The duo's most recent album, LP4, started where LP3 (their previous album) left off. In fact, according to Stroud, LP4 was recorded simultaneously with LP3. With that being said, it comes as no shock that LP4 gives off the same vibe and feel with its sounds palette. Stroud and Mast evolve LP3 into a more bombastic sound with the introduction of more string sections and autoharps. LP4 includes many tribal drum kits to give the album a thicker, more complex texture as well as a more diverse experimental feel. The last noticeable difference between LP3 and LP4 is the addition of dynamic vocals being worked into the tracks. The duo last used the vocal techniques in their second album, Classic, and they were well received by fans.
Although LP4 contains a little more variety and sounds much more developed than previous albums, I have to say LP4 fails in comparison to LP3. LP4 sounds like a desperate attempt to add variety to LP3. In fact, if LP4 were a party, it would end at 11 whereas LP3 would continue into the wee hours of the morning. LP4 consists of 12 tracks with 1 bonus track. However, of those 12 tracks, I struggle to pick out six tracks that I would recommend to friends.
Ratatat kicks off the album with the track "Bilar;" a great choice in my opinion.
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