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Kraftwerk - Computer World [Aka: Computerwelt] CD (album) cover




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3.83 | 230 ratings

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5 stars Program your home computer to beam yourself into the future...

Kraftwerk are one of the first prog bands I got into along with Pink Floyd and as such I am sentimental about their music having heard it as a small child. It floored me then and it continues to floor me today. The music is so cold and clammy and techno futurist it is easy to see why they influenced me so much as a sci fi and prog enthusiast. This album features some of their best material and is almost flawless.

The title track is a real treasure with some of the quirkiest lyrics 'Interpol and Deutsch bank, FBI and Scotland Yard... Computer World'. I love the techno riffs and computerise vocals. Stirring stuff and we return to this at the end of side one (vinyl). 'pocket calculator' never grabbed me and 'Numbers' was a throwaway in my opinion that taught me how to count in various languages if nothing else, although the band treasure it as a live favourite.

Side 2 is absolutely brilliant and features all my favourite tracks. 'Computer Love' has an infectious melody, so much so that Coldplay stole it and it became a huge hit for them recently. Other highlights are 'It's More Fun To Compute' with a Dr Who sound effect and lengthy instrumental section that is progressive and incredibly mechanised, sounding at times like a printer shunting back n forth fighting with a computer game. The mechanisation of the music is well ahead of techno and ambient rock. 'Home Computer' is a wonderful track that informs you that he has programmed his computer to "beam myself into the future". That's about the size of it really, and the rest is hyper computer effects and techno percussion to the max.

Overall this has to be one of the definitive Kraftwerk electro prog albums and deserves 5 stars as a result.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 5/5 |


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