LP4

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LP4
Studio album by Ratatat
Released June 8, 2010 (2010-06-08)
Recorded 2008 - 2010
Old Soul Studios in New York City
Glassworks Studios in Manhattan
Genre Alternative rock, electronic, psychedelic rock, experimental hip hop, neo-psychedelia
Length 42:43
Label XL
Producer Evan Mast, Mike Stroud
Ratatat chronology
LP3
(2008)
LP4
(2010)

LP4 is the fourth studio album by Ratatat, released on June 8, 2010. The name comes from the acronym for long play (LP), as it is their fourth album. It is similarly titled to their third release, LP3. A majority of the tracks are from the same studio session as their previous album.[1]

Background[edit]

The album largely features material produced during the session of Ratatat's previous album LP3, recorded at Old Soul Studios in New York.[2] Evan Mast of the duo stated, "A lot of the sounds and palettes are similar, but I think the songs change pretty drastically." Ratatat had purchased several Middle Eastern percussion instruments, which are featured in LP4. The album also features a string quartet, whereas previous Ratatat albums had used a Mellotron.[3] The string sections were recorded at Glassworks Studios in Manhattan.[2] Music videos were produced for the tracks "Drugs", "Mahalo" "Neckbrace", and "Party With Children". The album contains numerous spoken word samples, including a line from Werner Herzog's 1977 film "Stroszek" seguing "Bilar" and "Drugs".[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
The Music Cycle 5/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media (5.2/10)[1]
SPIN Magazine 3.5/5 stars[7]

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at #66 selling 6,700 copies in its first week.[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bilar" – 4:14
  2. "Drugs" – 4:55
  3. "Neckbrace" – 4:06
  4. "We Can't Be Stopped" – 2:10
  5. "Bob Gandhi" – 4:01
  6. "Mandy" – 3:42
  7. "Mahalo" – 2:02
  8. "Party with Children" – 2:58
  9. "Sunblocks" – 3:42
  10. "Bare Feast" – 2:38
  11. "Grape Juice City" – 3:56
  12. "Alps" – 4:21
iTunes pre-order bonus track
  1. "Biddang" – 3:21

Chart positions[edit]

Weekly[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Greek Albums (IFPI Greece)[9] 23
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[10] 33
US Billboard 200[11] 66
US Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[12] 3
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[13] 7

Year-end[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[14] 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Howe, Brian (June 8, 2010). "Ratatat LP4". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b RATATAT LP4 out THIS WEEK on XL Recordings
  3. ^ Ratatat's Leftover Studio Minutes Spawn 'LP4'
  4. ^ Ratatat Quash Neptunes Understudy Rumours
  5. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Review: LP4". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "The Music Cycle Review". 
  7. ^ "SPIN Magazine review". 
  8. ^ Jacobs, Allen. "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 6/13/2010". Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "Ratatat - LP4" (in Dutch). Ultratop (NL). Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "2010-06-19 Top 40 Dance Albums Archive | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  11. ^ "Ratatat Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Ratatat. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  12. ^ "Ratatat Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums for Ratatat. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  13. ^ "Ratatat Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Independent Albums for Ratatat. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  14. ^ "Dance/Electronic Albums: 2013 Year-end Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved July 13, 2014.