Ratworld

Menace Beach - Ratworld
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2015 Ratings: #488 / 771
User Score
Based on 53 ratings
2015 Ratings: #287
January 19, 2015 / Release Date
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Memphis Industries / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
DIY
‘Ratworld’ is that rarest of beasts - a debut album that’s got a backstory running deeper than all six seasons of Lost, but still sounds like it’s delivered without any requirement for effort whatsoever.
80
NME
Menace Beach’s debut may relish a world on the brink of chaos, but this is a band with their shit together.
80
AllMusic
It's hard to fault Menace Beach for either their '90s reverence or the fact that they've loaded up their album with a string of similar-tempo, hooky tracks. They do what they do quite well and this cohesive debut should win them plenty of fans.
71
Pitchfork
Casual self-loathing was just as much a part of the fabric of '90s alternative as whimsical tonal juxtapositions, and Menace Beach don’t shy from either.
70
Drowned in Sound
There’s not the greatest spectrum of musical ideas on show here, though the band know when to quit and the plug gets pulled before you notice they’re repeating themselves.
70
musicOMH
At times, the music is so rousing and glorious that it’s easy to just not care about the fact that they’re heading down a well-worn path.
70
No Ripcord

Ratworld wears its influences brazenly on its sleeves, but its execution is impressive, presenting an odd bird view of a world that is ostensibly its own.

50
PopMatters

That’s three, maybe four good songs out of 12. Everywhere else, the listener is left picking out individual bits of tracks to focus on amongst the piles of guitars and mediocre riffs and hooks.

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Track List

  1. Come On Give Up
  2. Elastic
  3. Drop Outs
  4. Lowtalkin'
  5. Blue Eye
  6. Dig It Up
  7. Tennis Court
  8. Ratworld
  9. Tastes Like Medicine
  10. Pick Out The Pieces
  11. Infinite Donut
  12. Fortune Teller
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