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2 stars I discovered ''Kraftwerk'' when I was sixteen. In '75, it was almost impossible to escape the massive airplay of ''Radioactivity'' and the least that I can say is that I quite liked it.

I was curious enough to dig backwards in their catalogue (but no further than ''Autobahn'') and I would follow them up to ''The Man Machine''. Although I liked some tracks from this band, I have been a devoted follower. Still, lots a years later, I entered their early catalogue of which this album is the first one as the ''Kraftwerk'' entity.

Even if the mechanical beats are not yet present on this work, the repetitive approach of the music is already inherent to this work (''Retreat''). The experimental ''Stratovarius'' can't really move either, but to be honest; I have never been into this type of music. I was actually not aware that ''Kraftwerk'' did play this type of music until recently.

To my ears, there is a short portion of ''Stratovarius'' that sounds to music (an upbeat but short middle part) but most of it consists of noises put together. This is how I feel. It is amazing though how these four guys who are using conventional instruments are able to screw it up so intensively.

A track as ''Megaherz'' holds some Tangerine Dream texture in its initial phase, but it is invaded by weird sounds every now and then. Too bad, since it would have been a fine spacey moment otherwise. It is a very atmospheric track and my fave here.

To be complete, I have to confess that most of ''From the High Skies'' is pretty indigestible: so you get the picture.

When I listened to this album, I could only be pleased that they changed their style later on; at least they sounded funny, even if they didn't look like this.

Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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