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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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Kraftwerk followed up their masterful 'Computer World' with 'Electric Cafe' and what a change of pace this is. It is more mainstream than anything previous and works as a kind of techno disco electro pop rather than the computerised innovation of previous albums.

Like many Kraftwerk albums the success rides on single success and this album produced many that did make it to the charts in one form or another. Namely we have the quirky infectious 'Boing Boom Tschak' with that weird electronic 'Tron' like face in the film clip.

'Musique Non Stop' is an electro trance hit with female vocals from out of nowhere echoed with a dominating bass voice. It is pure and simple electro pop that would have them dancing in discos worldwide.

'Telephone call' was another hit with a strange robotic clip and it kind of was more accessible.

'Sex Object' was a throwaway as was 'Techno Pop' but the last track was another solid track, 'Electric Cafe'.

So we have six original tracks with very pronounced rhythms and computerised vocalisations, but this is not the Kraftwerk I grew up with. They changed their style and became mainstream disco-tech. Not a bad album but nowhere near to the standard of TMM or CW.

3 stars for sheer radio friendly prog.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 3/5 |


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