Ratatat / Ratatat
Album: Ratatat   Collection:General
Artist:Ratatat   Added:Apr 2004
Label:Xl Recordings  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-07-05 Pull Date: 2004-09-06 Charts: Electronic, Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Aug 29 Aug 15 Aug 8 Aug 1 Jul 18 Jul 11
Airplays: 1 2 1 2 3 3

Recent Airplay
1. Nov 16, 2021: I Like to Dance: Shake Off Your Pants
Seventen Years
4. Apr 09, 2016: Hysteresis History
El Pico
2. Jan 13, 2019: Bass Pro Shop
El Pico
5. Mar 31, 2016: All Passion No Technique
Seventen Years
3. Apr 21, 2016: All Passion No Technique
Seventen Years
6. Mar 24, 2016: I Like to Dance: Shake Off Your Pants!
Seventen Years

Album Review
Captain Dee
Reviewed 2004-06-26
Instrumental duo of electronics and electric guitar. All songs are very synth heavy, and almost sound like they could be from an 80’s videogame. The beats are hard, and the electric guitar gives the album an edgy vibe. But the songs still feel carefree, and often wander off into a different direction halfway through. One reviewer says the album has "baroque ardor." which I thought was apt.

Some parts become tiring, but other riffs and sections are catchy.

My picks are tracks 2, 10, 11.

- Captain Dee, 6-04

1. Spoken intro. Clapping beat. Electro-y chords with deliberate, fuzzy beat. Cheerful but trippy end. Mid-tempo. (4:26)
*2. Organ-like background synths with "slipping" beat and fuzzy electronics. Super catchy end. Nice! (4:41)
3. Pounding bass with stop & start beat and happy synth melodies. It's like the Teletubbies are going for a walk, but in a badass way, if that's possible. (3:47)
4. Beat comprised of weird sound samples. Disjoint guitar chords, phrases of synth chords. But then an ominous guitar enters. Appropriate music for a vampire's castle, I think. (4:25)
5. Wistful synth notes and chords float over a tick-tock beat. Melody crescendos in intensity. (4:10)
6. Reggae music for robots. (2:27)
7. Funny spoken intro. Messy hip-hop beat. Staccato guitar that is later replaced by the standard electro vibe. (4:19)
8. Rolling guitar riffs with complex beat and chill guitar melody. Loud synths take the spotlight later. (4:56)
9. Slow fade-in of marching-like beat and wailing electric guitars. Muted interlude has a warmer, smoother sound. (3:38)
*10. Syncopated hip hop beat. Cool tweaked-out guitar chimes in every few bars. Endearing melodies trade off. Abrupt end. (2:58)
*11. Click-hop with cute, muted melody. Spaced out (but loud) electric guitars take over. (5:38)

Track Listing
1. Seventen Years   6. Bustelo
2. El Pico   7. Breaking Away
3. Crips   8. Lapland
4. Desert Eagle   9. Germany to Germany
5. Everest   10. Spanish Armada
  11. Cherry