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Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express [Aka: Trans-Europa Express] CD (album) cover

TRANS-EUROPE EXPRESS [AKA: TRANS-EUROPA EXPRESS]

Kraftwerk

 

Progressive Electronic

3.94 | 318 ratings

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AtomicCrimsonRush
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3 stars "Trance Europe Express... Trance Europe Express... Trance Europe Express..."

'Trans Europe Express' is an interesting Kraftwerk album as it centres around two excellent tracks and a whole swag of mediocrity that is cheesy and rather shallow in structure. It is a pity relay as the title track is a definitive prog statement with massive techno ambience and entrancing repetitive synth motifs.

The track perfectly captures the feeling of a long monorail or train in full flight, complete with click clacking percussion and haunting diesel horn effects. The other great track on the album is 'Europe Endless' clocking in at 9 and a half minutes it is a triumph of techno pop.

The other tracks do not measure up to these classics but still have moments. Curiously one of the most memorable is the chilling 'Endless Endless' with its computer faced vocals and echoed repetitions. There is not much to this track, the vocals dominate all, but it stays with you.

Unfortunately there is not much else I can recommend. 'Showroom Dummies; was never a favourite and I still do not like the structure of this poppy quirky ditty. In any case the album is worth a listen for the aforementioned tracks.

The greatness for Kraftwerk was yet to come. 3 stars minimum.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 3/5 |

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