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Ratatat's new album LP4 is the next step forward on the work that Evan Mast and Mike Stroud began on LP3. It was conceived during the creative streak that began during the LP3 sessions at Old Soul studios, in rural Upstate New York. Since then the band have toured relentlessly; visiting countries such as Vietnam, China and Cambodia on the one hand, and selling out bigger venues than ever before on the other.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: XL Recordings
  • ASIN: B0031YEPUI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jeff Hodges on November 21, 2010
Format: MP3 Music
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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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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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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By Sam on December 30, 2015
Format: Vinyl
First off, the package came in doubleboxed, which soothed my worries in case it became warped or cracked, and the vinyl itself was wrapped in a nice protective plastic, so very reliable shipping.

The actual product itself, while I think this is one of Ratatats weaker ones, this is still a fantastic album. There is just no other band or artist to compare, a band as unique as this is a blessing, So Ratatat at their worst is still pretty dang good.
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can't go wrong w/Ratatat. Nothing to me really compares w/ there first 2 albums but I think that's cus when you're introduced to something that you fall in love with it adds something more to it and it happened to be there first 2 albums for me. LP3 is also really good as well, in fact IMO better than LP4. Def recommend their self titled and classics. Both are really great. How these guys keep guitar driven instrumentals interesting and really catchy, which is a good thing in this case is amazing. Great musicians. Great albums. there are some really good tracks on LP4 like "drugs". Like I said you can't go wrong w/any of their material but the self titled and classics you can put in on random and sit back for your musical journey.
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By Paul on June 12, 2014
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This is such a great album. Some of the songs can take a while to get into, but the majority are catchy and will find stuck in your head.
Glad to see there's still actual music being made by bands that don't change for the mainstream.
Buy it, take the time to relax and enjoy.
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