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By A Customer
This review is from: Ratatat (Audio CD)
Actually 3 and a half stars. This is chilled-out instrumental guitar music. That said, on most of the songs the guitars are so processed that they sound more like a synthesizer or electric organ. A couple of welcome exceptions to this are '17 Years' and 'Desert Eagle', on which we get to hear some riffs and licks that actually sound like a guitar. Elsewhere the album is distinctly more ambient (perhaps TOO ambient for some), and so is likely to appeal to apres-clubbers and smokers. Be warned that it takes several listens to fully appreciate the finer subtleties of this album, and, as with most chill-out music, you will only feel like listening to it in a particular mood. Generally speaking, the little ditties that these boys purvey are superbly composed, and the addition of electric guitars to the chill-out genre is, in my opinion, most welcome. There are also moments so atmospheric, such as on 'Cherry', that I was half expecting a chorus of violins to start playing. But, alas, no violins. And despite the quality composition and pioneering genre hybridisation, the slight repetitiveness, simplicity and mediocrity of some songs will ensure that not more than a couple will make it onto the I-Pod playlist.