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Brooklyn’s Ratatat have managed to create their own brand of electronic music by manipulating some basic “rock” sounds into something that's uniquely their own. Animated guitars and assorted synths and keyboards (including a Mellotron) bend and whoosh, sometimes moving like a Kraftwerk-ian ride on the autobahn, at other times rising and dipping like a rickety roller coaster. On LP3 (yes, their third studio outing) duo Mike Stroud (guitar) and multi-instrumentalist Evan Mast keep the beats flowing with few new moves, but with plenty of devotion to their old ones. The album has a wide assortment of playful textures and ethnic flourishes: there’s a bit of Spain on “Mi Viejo,” and the downtempo “Flynn” glides along on a reggae/dub rhythm while the lively “Mumtaz Khan” exudes a vaguely Middle Eastern vibe. “Gypsy Threat” is great fun, with an assortment of sounds creating a bed of rhythm cleverly layered with a loop of soft vocals. There’s even — gulp —a vocoder on the otherwise groovy “Falcon Jab.” Peppered throughout are tablas tracks, arpeggios of video game bleeps and blips, and even acoustic guitar. This is electronic music with a pop heart.

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This band is by far one of the most underappreciated bands today, which is suprising because they have a sound that could easily infiltrate the pop/rock/club/hiphop/jamband/dance/alternative music scene and flood the airwaves. This cd is a bit different from there first two albums. This is a good thing there's lots of growth clearly expressed throughout the tracks. They have grown but have stayed true to their "older" ratatat roots. I have never been let down by this band and neither should anyone else. Buy this CD it is worth every penny! (BTW First Review!) "


i love ratatat's first two original LPs and their mixtapes, but this is definitely weak compared to most of their old stuff. there aren't enough insane guitar parts like there were in some of their old songs (seventeen years, lex, gettysburg, wildcat, etc.). there are definitely a few good tracks (after a couple times through the album, my favorite is mumtaz khan), but overall, i was kind of disappointed.

this is an amazing effort

For their third album ratatat has quite powerfully distinguished themselves as one the elite electronic/alternative music groups. Each of their albums are creative and this one is no different in that respect (odd how that works out). This is the type of album that will grow on you. When people (myself included) wax poetic for previous songs like loud pipes, seventeen years, or germany to germany, and then, because these songs have seperated themselves from those gems, that is to say they aren't carbon coppies of existing songs, we are initially dissapointed. However, and pay attention, you need to let go of those old songs, and give the new album a serious listen. Quality wise LP3 is on the same plane as Ratatat and Classics. Further, if this was their first album people would be going nuts for it. It is a very solid album taking their music to another level. If LP3 had been too similar to Ratatat or Classics I would have had the opposite reaction (initially happy, then quickly bored). Listen to this album with a clean slate and appreciate it for what it is... a masterpiece.


Formed: 2001 in New York, NY

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formerly known as Cherry, New York's rock-meets-electronica duo Ratatat feature multi-instrumentalist/programmer Evan Mast and guitarist Mike Stroud. Mast was also the brains behind the pretty laptop pop of E*vax, and with his brother E*Rock he ran the indie electronic label Audio Dregs. Stroud also played, in the studio and on tour, with artists including Ben Kweller and Dashboard Confessional. Between these duties (and Mast's job as a graphic designer), the duo found time to work on their collaboration....
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