Certain songs tend to evoke different musical fantasies. Rock songs tend to make you a little ornery. Structured pop songs give you a mythical toothache. Ratatatâ€™s new album, LP4, is a little of both, a certain structured chaos that seems to make you feel brilliant one minute and completely lost the next. After a decade together, the duo has found a way yet again to make unstructured chaos. LP4 stands as the groups most adventurous album to date, complete with new rhythm and song structures which seem a huge departure from previous successful efforts and falls a little flat in the process.
At times a bit over the top, the general conclusion I came to upon my third listen to this album was confusion. On the song, â€œDrugs,â€ the synth overpowers Stroudâ€™s guitar in the chorus. The confusing German (from Herzogâ€™s Stroszek) passage read aloud before the song does not help matters. By far the highlight of the album is the first song, â€œBillar.â€ Itâ€™s different for Ratatat. With elements of just about every noise known to man thrown against a little hip hop beat, it stands out as the most original song on the album. The album has no overall theme to it. It feels like a bunch of songs were just thrown together with no coherent synchronization. Amidst the mind numbing synths there are moments on this album that truly stand out but overall it seems a chaotic effort that has no rhyme or reason.