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Kraftwerk - Radio-Activity [Aka: Radio-Aktivität] CD (album) cover




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3.18 | 202 ratings

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2 stars A very grey and boring album amidst a sea of other great recordings created by Kraftwerk.

Cringeworthy puns as song titles, a lack of strong ideas and sound with no real depth crucify this recording. Minimalism is the the order of the day - which I guess was always the Kraftwerk way. The artwork suggests it may be better to hear this on old crackly vinyl - in '75 it probably sounded pretty good with shortwave radio being at it's peak . However the relevance of an old wireless in this cd age of 2011 is lost.

Limp vocals don't help things either. Easily the weakest of the five Kraftwerk 'landmark' albums. As one reviewer noted, this has stark similarities in style to OMD's 'Dazzle Ships' from '83, however 'Dazzle Ships' is a far better and more experimental album which I'd listen to any day over this. It just goes to show that being an influential album doesn't necessarily make it good. Ah well, at least it's over relatively quickly in its brief 38 minutes. Dull, I'm afraid.

Dobermensch | 2/5 |


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