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3.19 | 207 ratings

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3 stars "Radio-Activity (Radio-Aktivität)" is the 5th full-length studio album by German experimental electronic pop/rock act Kraftwerk. The album was released through Kling Klang/EMI/Capitol Records in October 1975.

The music on the album is electronic based (even more so than it´s predeccessor "Autobahn (1974)") and this time around electronic percussion, various synths (including Moog Micromoog, Minimoog and ARP Odyssey) and vocoder vocals are the dominant sounds on the album. On previous releases Kraftwerk had always utilized at least some organic instruments like violin, flute and guitar, but this time around they´ve opted for a more electronic/artificial sounding approach.

Quality wise "Radio-Activity (Radio-Aktivität)" is a bit of a mixed bag. There are some absolutely endearing moments featuring simple memorable synth themes and catchy electronic beats (the title track is the best example of this) but there are also sections and tracks that just go on and on and on with little to no changes. Endless repetition and experiements with sounds that aren´t particularly memorable. I´m sure fans of experimental electronic music will find those moments interesting, so it´s probably just a matter of aquired taste. Personally my attention wanders when Kraftwerk move into their more experimental territories.

Overall this is a very well produced, innovative and (for me personally) partially enjoyable album that deserves a 2.5 - 3 star (55%) rating in my book.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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