Ratatat (album)

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"Seventeen Years" redirects here. For the 1999 Chinese film, see Seventeen Years (film).
Studio album by Ratatat
Released April 20, 2004
Recorded July, 2001 - May, 2003
Evan Mast department, Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Genre Electronic rock, experimental rock, psychedelic rock
Length 45:25
Label XL Recordings
Producer Evan Mast, Mike Stroud
Ratatat chronology
Ratatat Remixes Vol. 1
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media (8.4/10) 4/28/04

Ratatat is Ratatat's 2004 self-titled debut album. It was recorded between July 2001 and May 2003 in Mast's Crown Heights, Brooklyn apartment and mixed in June 2003 before its release in 2004.

The album is essentially instrumental, although it has occasional voice excerpts (referred to in the liner notes as "spoken interludes") by local MC and rapper Young Churf. The track "Spanish Armada" contains a French horn played by Michal Emanovsky. Other tracks of note are "Germany to Germany", later released as a single; and "Cherry", an homage to Ratatat's original name.

The most well known song on the album is "Seventeen Years". It was featured in a television advertisement titled "Accessorize" for the Hummer H2 in 2004, in the British television show Soccer AM as the original background music for The Crossbar Challenge segment, and in Level One Productions's ski movie Shanghai Six.[1] It was also played during Rob's party in the 2008 monster movie Cloverfield. The song "Bustelo" was used in several Jaguar commercials in mid-2006.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Seventeen Years" - 4:26
  2. "El Pico" - 4:41
  3. "Crips" - 3:47
  4. "Desert Eagle" - 4:25
  5. "Everest" - 4:10
  6. "Bustelo" - 2:27
  7. "Breaking Away" - 4:19
  8. "Lapland" - 4:56
  9. "Germany to Germany" - 3:38
  10. "Spanish Armada" - 2:58
  11. "Cherry" - 5:58


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