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Kraftwerk - Electric Café [Aka: Techno Pop] CD (album) cover




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2.51 | 130 ratings

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2 stars Boing Boom Tschak. The Telephone Call. Did Kraftwerk now try to emulate the bands that copied them just a few years earlier? What were they thinking?

My main issue with the album is that it doesn't have the quality of their earlier work, nor the power and vigour of their followers. Boing Boom Tschak and Techno Pop have beats that come straight out of earlier Coil or Front 242 albums, while other tracks like Telephone Call and Sex Object come off as poor attempts to sound like Depeche Mode or New Order. All those bands had long since overcome their initial Kraftwork influences and had moved on beyond what Kraftwerk delivers here. A bit painful.

It's an album that is still good enough not to be ashamed off, but it was high time to call it quits and leave the rapidly evolving scene that they started to the new talent.

Bonnek | 2/5 |


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