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AUTOBAHN

Kraftwerk

 

Progressive Electronic

3.50 | 212 ratings

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thellama73
3 stars Let me begin by saying that Autobahn is a stone cold classic. It brought Kraftwerk into the public eye and transformed electronica forever. That being said, it's really not that great of an album.

The title track is charming and fun, but in all honesty it goes on for too long and suffers from a shortage of ideas. Maybe it's just the copy I have, but the mix seems quite low and all the subtleties are hard to hear.

Kometenmelodie 1 & 2 are two versions of the same song, one fast and one slow. It's a good idea, but the melody in question isn't really strong enough to warrant it, although the second half taken on its own is quite nice.

For me, the highlight of the album lies in the last two tracks. Mitternacht is a very well done, atmospheric instrumental that conjures up images of of dark solitude perfectly. Morganspaziergang contrasts well, with a cheerful flute melody that is reminiscent of the band's earlier albums.

As I said, this album is a classic, but ultimately Kraftwerk would make much more successful music in their later albums.

thellama73 | 3/5 |

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