Ratatat, 'LP4' (XL)

Critical Mass
Label: XL

by SPIN Staff

Four albums on, Mike Stroud and Evan Mast have barely altered their instrumental electro/indie/hip-hop hybrid, except to expand and refine its tasteful details. The duo's sense of play remains intact (see the melancholic interlude "Party With Children"), and on buoyant tracks such as "Mandy" and "Grape Juice City," they even take the talk box as a jumping-off point. New sounds -- ukulele, bouzouki, real strings, even a pet parakeet -- get added to their template of booming drum machines and cop-show guitars.



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