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Instrumental album worthy of repeat listens,
This review is from: LP4 (Audio CD)
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.