Album Review: Ratatat - "Magnifique" (8/10)

homepage_large.1b6a67e3NEWThe guitar-electronic instrumental duo
 Ratatat have returned with their fifth full-
length, Magnifique. The consistency of 
their last few releases created an expectation for more of the same: harmonized gui
tars and percussive loops thrown through 
funky filters, all separated by seemingly
 random vocal clips. This time around, though, the group trades in the chunky, fast-pace grooves for calmer melodies layered with a lot more keyboard work, and that’s quite all right. Standouts include “Cream on Chrome,” “Drift” and the two-faced “Rome,” which glimmers with hints of the band’s earlier work. – Andy Mesecher