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Autobahn

Kraftwerk

1974

Autobahn

Album Summary

Autobahn is the fourth studio album by German electronic music band Kraftwerk, released in November 1974 by Philips Records. The album marked several personnel changes in the band, which was initially a duo consisting of Florian Schneider and Ralf Hütter; later, the group added Klaus Röder on guitar and flute, and Wolfgang Flür on percussion. The album also completed the group's transition from the experimental krautrock style of their earlier work to an electronic pop sound consisting mostly of synthesizers and drum machines. Recording started at the group's own Kling Klang facility, but was predominantly made at Conny Plank's studio. Autobahn also includes lyrics and a new look for the group that was suggested by Emil Schult, an associate of Schneider and Hütter. Most of the album is taken up by the 22-minute "Autobahn", featuring lyrics by Schneider, Hütter, and Schult. The song was inspired by the group's joy of driving on Germany's autobahns, and recorded music that reflected a trip emulating the sounds of a vehicle. The album's release in West Germany saw little press attention. "Autobahn" was released as a single and received airplay at a Chicago radio station, leading it to spread across the United States. In 1975, the song became an international hit and Kraftwerk's first release of their music in the US. "Autobahn"'s success led to the band touring the United States with new member Karl Bartos, who would replace Roeder, followed by a tour of the United Kingdom. Initial reception to Autobahn was mixed; it received negative reviews from Rolling Stone and Village Voice's critic Robert Christgau who felt the music was inferior to earlier electronic music from Wendy Carlos and Mike Oldfield. Other critics found the track "Autobahn" hypnotic and arresting for its imagery of driving on the autobahn. Critics from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Newsday included the album in their "Honorable Mentions" sections of their year-end lists. Later reception was unanimously enthusiastic; Simon Witter wrote in NME the album is of "enormous historical significance" and Simon Reynolds said the album is where Kraftwerk's music really starts to matter. Musicians of the 1970s and 1980s, including David Bowie, cited the album as a major influence.

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Rating

3.09

Votes

4753

Genres

  • Electronica
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Notes: 7mins into first song: SOMETHING JUST PLEASE HAPPEN THIS IS LIKE GUCCI GUCCI PRADA PRADA ALL OVER AGAIN 8mins in: Ok maybe I should have been careful what wished for. You know when you get stuck/lost on a video game level and the soundtrack just loops? Yeah… Some of the effects were nice just not used in a nice way. I was constantly checking how long was left on this album and I paid more attention to it than other albums we’ve done so I feel a bit more confident with my vote. This album was the equivalent of a long drive on the autobahn for someone who doesn’t like driving.

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5

Not completely robots yet. This is a real sweet spot in their catalogue. Last one produced by Conny Plank, which I think is a shame in a way that their creative partership ended here. A real sonic journey. The Beatles of electronic music.

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Sublime. A musical journey.

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It didn’t werk for me

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5

fun fun fun on the autobahn fun fun fun on the autobahn FUN FUN FUN ON THE AUTOBAHN FUN FUN FUN ON THE AUTOBAHN FUN FUN FUN ON THE AUTOBAHN

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5

The sound of optimism in the future. I find this album very uplifting and enjoy hearing the full version of the title track. Sound so ahead of its time, and this version of the album cover has to be one of the most iconic sleeve designs ever.

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5

This is electronic music with a heart of gold. Happy instead of freaky, if you know what I mean. I had never listened to this album before but it's just my cup of tea. Clearly experimental but not past my ability to easily grok what they are trying to do and appreciate it. I also admire the commitment to the theme. Four stars for how much I like it and an extra star for being almost as old as I am. Talk about groundbreaking. Respect.

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Listened while working, which I think is kind of a perfect pairing for the repetition here. I read a bit about Autobahn and it's supposed to effect "like driving down the Autobahn" with the repetition and changes. The brief pauses and little changes after remind me of taking an exit ramp and getting onto some other road. This is probably not my favorite Kraftwerk album (that is likely Trans-Europe Express), but it's probably up there. I haven't really listened to it much lately. I like the inclusion of some traditional instruments like flute, etc. Mitternacht is a nice track, very moody. Reminds me of Berlin Era Bowie/Eno Side B tracks. Morgenspaziergang electronic parts reminds me of some of my test equipment that I modified that does weird stuff. Fun! I do like the inclusion of traditional instruments on the album as a whole. I know this is kind of the last album they do that on.

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Day 27 of Albums You Must Hear... Today’s album is titled Autobahn by German Electronic band Kraftwerk. As I’ve mentioned before, I am not a big fan of music that is strictly instrumentation. I really love electronic music, just not as much when it has no words. This is one of those albums. My first time listening to Kraftwerk’s Autobahn, I didn’t know the year of its release, or anything about the creators. When I learned that this was released in 1974, I instantly gained much respect. These guys are innovators of EDM and I would have to imagine that the recourses and technology in the 70’s was scarce enough that you had to A) be super creative and imaginative and B) have the balls to release something so strange and new. 99.9% of music that you hear now utilizes synthesizers, drum machines, auto-tune, recording through MacBooks, and endless applications to create different sounds. Even the music that sounds completely unplugged is most likely plugged in, even in live performances. In 2021 Autobahn sounds generic, but that’s not fair to Kraftwerk. They lead the way in the early 70’s, and the entire music industry over the nearly fifty following years would benefit from them. There are some good melodies here, and this recording is at its finest when you are wearing headphones, especially the noise cancelling kind. In closing, I wanted to take a crap on this album until I learned it was nearly fifty years old, and realized how jaded to musical technology I’ve become. To me, Autobahn isn’t necessarily a must hear, but it is a project that deserves everyone’s respect, regardless of your preference in music. Please share your thoughts, memories and opinions!!

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KK Slider went off.

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Boring, but I think that's sort of the point. A few parts were rad, but it was just so boring.

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5

Brilliant - SideA is a masterpiece Side B is great. Imagine hearing this album back then!

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5

One of my formative albums from one of my formative bands. Is this you a five star album objectively? No. But it is for me.

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5

OMG the generator gave me Kraftwerk albums two days in a row. I guess it liked my comments on The Man Machine. Hey, generator, what’s up ;) Yesterday I said that I thought "Neon Lights" was possibly the best song Kraftwerk ever made. As I typed it, a little voice in my head kept saying "Except for Autobahn!" So, I guess now I get to talk about Autobahn, which pretty much makes my weekend. Okay, it’s obviously not for everyone, an acquired taste, as one reviewer put it. But if you have the patience, this album is really worth the listen. Autobahn is next level over next level, something that I have tremendous respect for and also just like listening to. It is a bit of a mood though. I don’t necessarily want to hear it often, but when I put it on, those first 22 minutes just make me inexplicably happy. You get a sense of joy and that they were really having fun on this one, and I guess that’s what I’m feeling a response to, the joy. Musically, the album is absolutely sublime. I love the effects they use to give an impression of vehicles in motion (“Autobahn”) and the sounds of the natural world (“Morgenspaziergang”). It’s an incredibly playful and clever use of synthesizers. The incorporation of traditional instruments adds an extra level of depth you don’t hear in their later albums. This is actually “The Man Machine” in action, the natural/traditional paired with the mechanical/constructed. Go figure. In "Morgenspaziergang," the band masterfully captures the essence of sounds from the natural world like birds and flowing water to create a pastoral soundscape, complete with accompanying Pan's flutes. It's incredibly pretty. “Kometenmelodie 2” is likewise just a lovely, melodic listen. It’s a window into what other electronic artists will be doing 5-10 years down the line. As for the masterpiece of the album, "Autobahn" is the only 22-minute song I will ever care to listen to. I hesitate to even call it a song, because it's bigger than that. It's a far ranging, longform musical journey. I may never make it to the actual Autobahn, but one day I want to just get in the car and take a ride to nowhere with Autobahn playing on a loop. It's what this album was made for. Fave Songs: Autobahn, Kometenmelodie 2, Morgenspaziergang

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5

Really enjoyed this. The title track has - unsuprisingly - a real autobahn feel to it. Added to my library.

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Awesome album. It's an aquired taste. I have listened to it multiple times, just to hear the song 'Autobahn' once again, but I kept listening to the whole album.

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Better than Gary Newman! This would sound much better played in the MGM grand arena during the first set break of a Phish show. Beautiful in some places. Stark in others. There's only so much intentionally de-humanized music one can handle before you just want to radically abandon your biological programming and commit a random act of unfiltered imperfection. So yeah, I'm typing this sentence with my pants down in front of a large window with 5 chickens on the other side. It's ok, they get it. I'm more akin to the hens than to Kraftwerk. We're all naked pecking around in a heavy rain. Kraftwerk is driving a car. B-

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That's a nah from me dog. This was revolutionary at one point, but that was a long time ago.

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Very bland for my taste. Maybe for its time, it was something never done before, I dont know. Just finished listening to it and I completely forgot about it already. 1 star, there's not intereresting substance (for me at least) and I wouldn't listen to it again.

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I get it's pioneering but these seem more like experimental recordings over something you'd want to listen to just to listen to. 2/10.

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did not enjoy. First song was 22 minutes long and for what.

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Electronic music is definitely not my place. However, this album is very good in simulate the annoying of long road trips (at least).

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Not my genre

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I find this all a bit souless and dull to be honest. Also do we need a 22 minute opening track? Complete lack of love and sounds like the soundtrack to a shite arthouse movie. Good cover tbf. 1/5

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Autoballs

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weird

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Didn't make it all the way through...little too off for me.

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Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this but I thought it was pretty shite. 1/5

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Seriously?! A 22 minute opening song. Fucks sake, kill me now. I honestly hate this shit. Who in the hell listens to 42 minutes of boring electronica??

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Shit

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false

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5

v drained 2day. not much to say. first side is amazing, hypnotic, etc, and even though the second half is generally weaker its still worth a 10 just for that first track alone. imagine listening to this when it came out in 1974 lmao

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5

это далеко не лучшая работа красивенький, но она прекрасна. 10/10.

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Pretty Good Track 4 best

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5

Achei muito bom, muito doido o synth imitando os som. Nós dirigimos na estrada.

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5

whoaaaa, proto-CAN!

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5

Muy electrónica, pero para tener de fondo mientras se hace algo es bastante buena

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5

<3

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5

Sensacional!

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5

Monumental album. Influential and memorable.

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Rad

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5

Een epische tocht op de Duitsr snelweg. Lekker dromerig en otherworldly.

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5

This album just takes you somewhere else. It’s so innovative and ahead of it’s time. Who said you can portray emotion with computers?

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5

Classic stuff

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5

YEAH KRAFTWERK!!! Already love this.

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5

Loved this album. Weird rhythms and strange sounds!

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5

A stunning masterpiece ✨️

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ja!!

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5

I just really really really liked the sound of all of this I love the flute sounds on Morgenspaziergang So much of this album sounds warm and familiar

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take LSD up your ass and start singing along, along the autobahn. your heart rate will sync with the light flickering in your sad sad office. as you stare into the window, the world turns darker and brighter. congratulations, you are now a lizard again. life as you know it is over, no more worries. enjoy the sun. find the best looking rock you can find. enjoy the sun.

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5

Went from I want an Audi to what are the aliens trying to say very quickly. Synths are still a top tier instrument

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5

German Rush

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I loved this.

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5

10/10, super cool album I’m surprised electronic music sounded that good in 1973 I was expecting it to sound a little more simplistic or something but they really made the most out of it you can hear all sorts of modern production techniques being used throughout the album and I have no idea how they pulled it off overall just a super impressive album they pioneered genres that led to some of my favorite artists like Big Black Delta and LCD Soundsystem

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5

gesamtwerk. and some bonus flutes

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5

rating this 5 for the 5 year old who probably loves this

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5

Easy five. Kraftwerk's best album.

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Titillagið er æðislegt, þótt kaflarnir séu misspennandi. Kometenmelodie 2 er mjög skemmtilegt og lifandi hljóðfærin í Morgenspaziergang eru flott tilbreyting frá hinu hefðbundna Kraftwek soundi. Held ég hendi í fullt hús.

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5

Loved it... Fun fun fun auf der autobahn

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The electronic dream starts here. There have been fits and starts, promising beginnings and premature ends but this is where it starts to solidify itself. Before the suits, the haircuts, the dummies, cycling obsessions, etc., Kraftwerk focused on the joys of the road and the beauty of the automobile as they wax sonic miracle that continues to enliven and enlighten nearly fifty years on. Fahren! Fahren! Fahren!

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5

As I've established thus far, I'm a suckered for gimmicky experimental sounds. I love the feel overall of this, and it feels like perfect late night music.

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5

Affirmative

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5

It's my birthday today and this is 1001's present to me rather than some obscure mid-80's album by some unknown dirt band. I found this many years ago in my dad's collection and have been on an Electro journey ever since but these guys are the Godfathers of Electronic music. You don't get any better than this and it's a trip from start to finish. Experimental, ambient, jarring and hypnotic. 🌟🚗🌟🚗🌟🚗🌟🚗🌟🚗

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5

funf all day long

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5

可以说是很超前的电子乐了,充满了虚幻感,仿佛表达了宇宙的意识。刚开始给人一种迷幻的感觉,我相信可以启发一些人的思想,充满着未知与创造性,可受众面不会很广。但在电子乐的领域真的很强,可以给人带来一种不可言喻的升华。

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This album was super weird. Not sure if I have many thoughts about it. I can see its appeal when you come from a technological advancement standpoint but in the current day it left a bit to be desired in my opinion. For the first song I was expecting it go into a Yes-like frenzy of sounds but it never did, instead it kept teasing me with a pseudo chorus about a road made for fast cars. The other, shorter songs were quite nicer but not something I'd listen to regularly. I think my favourite was the third track "Kometenmelodie 2". I realize this mostly an electronic ambient work of music but I honestly expected a bit more lol. However not bad overall, just not my cup of tea. I'll probably enjoy it more on future listen minus the title track. 7/10

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4

I have heard other songs by this group before. I liked the songs on this album. That being said, for the time this was probably a great album. Now this kind of blends in.

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4

I wish there was an aready listened function. Album is class, though.

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Always a good one to listen too

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This was a musical journey. It was weird to start, but by the end it was really good.

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4

Fun at the autobahn

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Ah ze Germans ya very fond of ze autobahn.

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4

Pretty nice background music

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Title track is pretty cool as it morphs over time. Middle third (?) is favorite section, but I like the vocal parts of the first section (bahn bahn bahn, ist das Autobahn). Side B is less impressive to me. Ordinarily I enjoy ambient electronic, but this was more just beeps and boops than it was coherent songs. Overall, cool stuff.

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4

So I have listened to this a bunch. My German teacher loved this album. And would play it during tests. It brings back good memories.

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Fun fun fun on the autobahn

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4

Thoroughly enjoyable early electronic music!

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4

An important document in music history. I recognize the massive influence this album had in electronic music and synth-pop.

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I think I’ll be able to give this one a five once I’m more familiar with it. One listen wasn’t enough. Autobahn was definitely the highlight of the album

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Groundbreaking

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ahora no le dedique el estudio suficiente a la banda pero me imagino es alemana y estuvo chidito el trip que se agarra con ciertas canciones especialmente la ultima que tiene un toque asiático saludos a toda la banda! buen matecitos de churritos

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Cool and poised and wry, like the most well-dressed cyborg reading haikus

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Really enjoyed it. First time I’ve listened to it all the way through, and was interesting to notice the influences it’s brought to other artists over the years. Weird vibes at the end, almost went a bit chronicles of Narnia. Overall 8/10

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4

It's almost impossible to listen to this now and appreciate how ahead of its time it was. Some of the instruments used here were brand new, expensive and not widely used. Plus they made their own synths too!

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false

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4

Very long tracks. Engaging

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Fon fon fon

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Yeaa kraftwerk początki elektroniki, techno trochę. super odkrycie. tour de france super piosenka nie z tego albumu akurat. Puszczę kiedyś na jakiejś imprezie na pewno

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4

Autobahn is a masterpiece. Some of the tracks are even more experimental in nature and didn't quite jibe with those.

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23 min song was amazing, but the songs with flutes were terrible - however, really glad I took the time to listen to it all. Very impressive - for the time and for now (but mainly for that 23 min song, fantastic)

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Innovative, great material

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Really enjoyed that and can't believe I haven't listened to Kraftwerk more as I'm such a fan of electronica. Could have done without the singing though

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Quality album. One of the first bands I saw live.

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<3

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A me i Kraftwerk mi sono sempre piaciuti. Conoscevo già Autobahn e lo trovo geniale. Non si tratta di un ascolto semplice e magari non tutti lo apprezzerebbero, ma a me questa atmosfera elettronica di altri tempi mi ipnotizza.

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FUN FUN FUN AUF DE AUTOBAHN

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Pioneering ambient work that clearly opened doors for many other synth and pop artists.

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Synthesizer greatest, wie kent het niet? Heerlijke melodieuze muziek. Album is wel vreemd met een liedje van 22 minuten en dan nog een paar kleine tracks. Zou het eerder maxi single noemen. Ik persoonlijk houdt wel van extended versies van liedjes en al helemaal van elektronische muziek. Heel leuk hoe je de auto's voorbij hoort komen of de wolf hoort huilen 's nachts . Deel "2" van de "Kometenmelodie" is ook wel heel goed zeg. De vrolijke panfluit in de ochtend kan ik ook waarderen. De rest mwoa. Geweldig hoe men in de jaren '70 al electronische muziek kon maken. De muziek was de tijd ver vooruit, maar zijn tegenwoordig wel een beetje langdradig en saai. ****

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Need to listen to more of this for sure.

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This was not what I was expecting given Kraftwerk's later work. It's ... symphonic. Sure, it's repetitive but it's also layered, textured, and nuanced. Sure, it's electronic but in a way that somehow feels natural and not overly synthetic and robotic. Autobahn (the title track) in particular, truly feels like driving on an interstate highway at night. They nailed it. I'm impressed.

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4

Fun album!

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Lovely music for me to listen to

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I think that it's almost impossible to fuck up an electronic album.

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Notice that the artwork looks so exceedingly modern? Smashing album by the way, ambitious in scope and, despite the majority of sounds being generated by electronic means, it has a warmth to the sound - and even a touch of humour. German is the perfect language for this kind of electro-futurism. I miss cold mornings in Berlin.

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Didn't think I would like it be it was white noise which I enjoy for some reason

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autobahn is kraftwerk's crowning moment

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great instrumental German electronica

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Live laugh love, get weird, get dark, get light, get bionic

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Pretty great. Some optimistic songs. Some dark menacing songs. Very filmic. The birth of electronic music.

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Очень круто. Ок. Компьютер.

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A great glimpse into into the early rise of electronic music. A good album to put on while stuck in a German highway. Favorites: Autobahn, Mitternacht

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4

Cool. Not as catchy as other Kraftwerk stuff but a bonus star for its innovation at the time.

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I'm not the biggest fan of electronic pop music, but I did enjoy this album! First song, autobahn, I could listen to for hours! So soothing and love the lyrics "fan fan fan.. Autobahn!"

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The first of a string of top class albums by Kraftwerk. Certainly not their best work, but it's bright and atmospheric, surmounting Kraftwerk as one of the leaders of the krautrock movement. The star track is obviously the titular piece, which was a massive hit everywhere in the world, but the other songs match the hype exceedingly well, tending to reflect a wide range of emotions, from the optimism of Kometenmelodie 2, the discovery of a hidden land of Morgenspaziergang, and the cautious sense of adventure into the unknown of Mitternacht, that isolates Kraftwerk from the rest of the genre. Definitely one of the more intriguing and non-repetitive krautrock albums out there, and one I'll use to expose people into the genre.

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Really good with some surprisingly pretty songs.

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A bridge between the analog dreamy Kraftwerk and their electronic phase, not their best but still a classic

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Muy interesante, pero muy estraño (lo usual, pues, jaja). Me gusta que cierren con "Morgenspaziergang" porque se siente correcto: después del alboroto, una calma, una caminata matutina. 8/10

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fuhn fuhn fuhn

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Great in its day. Sounds a bit dated now.

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Sintetiza a importância da eletrônica na música. Audição com maturidade.

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zey ar zee fazers ov electronic music

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The title song is 22+ minutes of Germans being weird and I loved every minute of it.

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Solid electronic album

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Not Krap.

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Original

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"Wir fahren, fahren, fahren auf der Autobahn!" Album je instrumentalno-ambientalno-progresivno elektronički/futuristički-repetativno-minimalistički u neku ruku i hladan, a opet ima tih dijelova na gdje ima taj neki warm feeling, tipa zadnja stvar. Sviđa mi se, i je, prva stvar je najbolja, ali nemojte zzzzzz na B stranu albuma. Samo da kažem da više preferiram original cover art, ovo je samo znak što je u tom cover artu. Svejedno je dobar ovaj, imam majicu takve boje sa bijelim slovima, piše: "23. Memorijalni turnir Seoce 2018." Tako da ako bi imao ovaj cover art na majici, bila bi druga najbolja majica sa ovom bojom.

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This album reflects a transitory period where Kraftwerk was blending electronic influences and coming out of their Krautrock origins. This album is atmospheric and melodic. Though it is not as fully realized as their later work. It documents early experimentation and for that reason alone it belongs in this list.

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p318. 1974. 4 stars. In terms of influence, this is absolutely massive. Giorgio Moroder, Vangelis, Gary Newman and all of the 80's electro/synth bands owe this a huge debt, as well as John Carpenter and anyone working on sci-fi soundtracks in the 1980s. Aural cinema :) If you don't like atmospheric synths then you're going to hate this - but everyone should listen to this once in their lives.

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It's interesting hearing Kraftwerk before they completely turned to robots, musically speaking. The more acoustic instruments (i.e. flute, violin, guitar) was actually a nice bit of fresh air compared to the rest of their discography I've listened to so far. The 22 minute title track is a fun trip itself through the Autobahn itself and a underground level from a video game, and I like Kometenmelodie 2 as well since it's sunshine beaming out of the dark tunnel that was Kometenmelodie 1.

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Bits of this sound incredibly futuristic now - I'm not surprised it didn't catch on at first in 1974. Great album.

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It was good. I read up on the group and was intimidated - sounded a bit too experimental. After listening , I really like the beats/music more than I thought I would.

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As always, weird and intriguing. I had no idea the band had been around since 1969 having only heard them in the 1980’s

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4

Enjoyed this one for the most part. Autobahn was easily the best track with the quality factor going down and annoyance factor going up to the end of the album

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Wild, I listened to it running which worked well, I think I would find it kinda boring in other contexts, but whilst running it felt like interesting a varied

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This still sounds incredible.

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Fun fun fun on the autobahn! I know these are not the lyrics, I know exactly what they're saying, but that's not the point. The point is that this is a creative, relaxing, album of electronic music that I can always go back to (and I do). Now, let us drive, drive, drive, on the Autobahn.

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Super groundbreaking, of course, and it is a deeply hypnotic driving album. The B side is near perfect IMO, but the title track on the A side does get a little repetitive, and the vocals absolute do not sit well in the mix when they crop up.

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I am fairly sure that I saw Kraftwerk's debut on british tv on tomorrow's world in the early 70s, so was always intrigued by them and Autobahn in particular. I never got that into Kraftwerk but have really enjoyed listening to this album, particularly the monumental title track. Even at 22 minutes it is a joy to listen to. The remaining tracks are well worth a listen and I particularly liked the contrasting moods between Mitternacht and Morgenspaziergang. one thing that intrigues me is how different Kraftwerk really are to other exponents of 'kraut rock' such as Tangerine Dream and the extent to which their far greater popularity is down to image as much as the music?

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4

I love Kraftwerk, but some of this isn’t their best, some of it is.

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This isn't my favourite Kraftwerk album, but damn I'd listen to those 1970s synths making any old noise. The sound is kind of clinical but warm at the same time? (Like receiving great news in a doctor's office.) I like the hypnotic title track and the whole concept of the album, but the shorter tracks on side B have some great moments of ambience. This was their first album in the recognisable Kraftwerk electro/pop style, and I suspect it's on the list mainly for historical importance. But it is still a great record. 4*

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4

great album, but not quite Nagelbett

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4

Got completely lost in this.

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4

Great record.

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4

This was the first time I actually liked listening to Kraftwerk. Favorite songs: Autobahn, Morgenspaziergang

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4

I see the historic meaning of this album/band, Had hard time listening it all 'cause of very different music taste. :D

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My fellow 1,001 Albums colleague mgravelle59 and I recently saw Kraftwerk live in Toronto and it was a fantastic show. To think that these funky septuagenarians put out this album almost 50 yrs ago is mind boggling. To a new listener this album may sound quite primitive and simplistic but back in 1974 no one was doing anything like this. This album was a radical change from their earlier experimental electronic and Krautrock sound as it incorporated synthesizer beats that were eminently danceable and which would go on to influence disco, hip-hop, prog, glam, synth-pop, electronic, EDM, techno and trance. There's a reason why many critics say that Kraftwerk ranks up there with the Beatles as one of the most important music groups of all time. This album is very good, but its just notch below their very best which comes later (Man-Machine, Trans-Europe Express and Computer World).

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4

What a weird and wonderful experience. I knew of Kraftwerk in terms of their historical significance but never had interest in exploring what felt like the Stone Age of synth electronica, and a 20 min starting track length further disinterested me. I imagined it was a lot of exploring and messing about with unknown new sounds, which, well( is what they’re doing. What I was shocked by however was the beauty, warmth and emotion they manage to pull from those early analogue synths; especially in that first epic odyssey of a track. Decidedly not for everyone, but I am really glad that this project took me to this album.

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4

I’ve never listened to Kraftwerk before! So German! 4 stars because it came the day after Phaedra.

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4

The first side is super weird and super long and clearly made, as my friend David says, by the German foosball players on Community. I'm not convinced that Side B is the same band. I really, really like Side B. Best track: Kometonmelodie 1

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4

Much more experimental and proggy than I was expecting. Quite challenging in places. Lots of flutes and recorders in the mix too!

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Très très très avant-gardiste, avec des sons très révolutionnaire. Pour 74, ça a extrêmement bien vieilli. Soit, il ya quelques sons encore un peu vieillot, mais il y a des trucs de 2010 qui ont tellement plus vieilli que Autobahn. Je m’attendais pas à 20 minutes en ouverture, mais ça passait comme du beurre. Ensuite les tracks se sont très bien suivi. Il ya juste Mitternacht qui tombe un peu sous le charme, mais le reste est excellent. Je recommande lol.

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4

Oh delicious Germans and their electronic synth proclivities. This is uber creative with ambient sounds and some orchestral accompanying the quirky, catchy and enjoyable. Still sounds and feels fresh.

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4

Not quite as good as the other Kraftwerk I've listened to (Trans-Europa Express) but it's still Kraftwerk and it's still great.

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4

This was like listening to the origin story of all the new wave bands I love.

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4

Awesome in a chilled esoteric way. Ahead of their time. Definitely a chilled out sunset album

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4

Tirando a Mike Oldfied, sorprendente. 4

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4

good listen, very ahead of it’s time

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4

Classic kraut-rock, awesome!

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4

Kova!

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4

Daft Punk succeed in what eludes so many electronic artists: Making music that stands the test of time even as it’s technology becomes obsolete

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4

vroom vroom

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4

Quite enjoyed it.

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I've heard this before but can only remember that it was the very early end of synth-driven (no pun lol) music. It's pretty primitive but has this real rich sound to it, like I remember old video games or movie music sounding like... maybe even how I imagined golden age sci fi "sounded" when I was a kid, haha. I'm guessing it's that Moog sound I'm describing there. It's pretty dated in 2021 so hard to honestly rate, but I'll give it a 3/5 for pleasantly reminding me of something I can't quite put my finger on. Not much music does that.

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3

Its allright

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2.5/4

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Progzão muito bom

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3

Not as momentous as the last one but good background music for Hindi

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Nice water sounds made by the synths later on

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3

It was pleasant, had been wanting to listen to Kraftwerk for a while. Not sure I would buy the album but it wasn't a bad listen.

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Bom pra programar...

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The album that got me into Kraftwerk, as much as I prefer their later works, I can see why peeps hold it up as Krautrock's greatest moment. Thing is, it's not Kraftwerk's greatest moment, as this was back when they were trying to be Eno or Neu!, as opposed to showing YMO, Jarre and all those who came later how electronic music ought to be done. If you're into it, that's fine, but there's a reaso why we know them more for Trains, Models, and Microprocessors. Final score: 63/100

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cool eletronica experimental, repetitiva, mas nao tanto quanto techno dos anos 80-90

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Is this Daftpunk?

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The song Autobahn has always had a very special place in my music hart. Nice to have heard the complete album. There has been a period in my life I was very much into al kinds of synthesizer music.

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This is a noise album. It really isn't something I enjoyed. I read that their popular song Autobahn is a 22 minute song expressing a trip on the Autobahn. The album was compared to Tubular Bells but I loved that album. Thus just was too mechanical for me. This album was hard to focus on anything else with it's constantly moving melodies that feel a little like something I would have made at home on a 1980s Casio keyboard. I wonder in concert if these songs sound the same each time they play them? Morgenspaziergang is the best of the album. It is quiet and mostly calming. Birds chirping...water flowing. It feels Asian in places.

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3

A bit repetitive.

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Way ahead of its time. Didn't know it was possible to do so much electronic music back in the early '70s.

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3

Kraftwerk is echt wel een dingetje, goede wegluistermuziek

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Ahead of it's time, very electronic-y. 3.5 stars

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se eu for abduzida qd chegar nos ets vai tá tocando isso

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I appreciate this album in a conceptual way, but if I'm honest with myself I don't get that much out of the experience w of listening to it. I think it's a pleasant listen, and kind of funny, but the idea of it holds more weight for me than the execution.

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Whoa?!? There's a robot in my speakers! Very pleasant background music while working on other things.

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Liked Morgenspaziergang the most

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3

Electrónica. Instrumental. A veces un poco machacona, pero bien en general.

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Interessant. J’ai prefere trNs world express, l’autre album de la liste. 3.25

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Otro disco de solo 4 temas y 42 minutos. No había miedo al espacio vacío en el vinilo. Me ha parecido tener poco contenido. En su época el uso de la electrónica bastaba para justificar este disco y mirando con esos ojos es muy interesante. Sin embargo, a día de hoy ese tipo de sonido está al alcance de todo el mundo.

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No i pojawil sie wreszcie albumik, ktory zawsze mi chodzil gdzies po glowie, bo przeciez ulubiony material z lat 70 bowiego, ktory mial byc inspiracja dla trylogii berlinskiej, jak nazwa plyty wskazuje banda niemiecka, ale szczesliwie plyta praktycznie nie zawiera wokalu, jedynie minuta tytulowego autobahna posiada tekst, wiec nie katuje, wiec po przesluchu juz dokladnie widze ktora strone trylogii zainspirowal kraftwerk u bowiego, chodzi tutaj o ambientowe b sidy, jak na lowie i heroes, album laczy wlasnie ambientowe momenty z szybszym synthem, do ktorych dochodza elementy krautrocka, zwlaszcza na b sidzie, ktorego themem jest nocka, a jak nocka to niebo, a z niebem nocnym do kosmosu juz calkiem blisko, wiec taki kometenmelodien jest refleksja w takich wlasnie klimatach, jak bylo ogladanie nieba, to musi po nim nastac ranek i nim sie wlasnie plyta konczy, wiec jesli strona b to niebo, to strona a ktora zajmuje tytulowy autobahn traktuje o tym co na niemiecich autostradach sie wyprawia, wiec pojawiaja sie synthowe dzwieki ktore maja oddawac co sie dzieje na muzycznej autostradzie, jak na rok 74 to brzmi to strasznie futurystycznie, ale chyba wlasnie taki byl koncept kraaftwerkowcow tutaj, trudno tutaj cokolwiek dodawac na plejke, bo jak dla mnie jest to ambientowa muzyka, wiec calosc lub nic, zwlaszcza pierwsza strona ktora trwa 22 minuty, juz wiem czemu slyszy sie, ze tak bardzo influencyjny na scene popowa byl kraaftwerk

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3

A bit dated. The famous bits from 'Autobahn' are still enjoyable, otherwise a hard listen and difficult to keep focused on it.

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3

Weird sounds, not bad at all

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Enjoyable, good background music and there’s nothing wrong with that

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Interesting but not something I'd put on all the time

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I'm guessing the title track, running at 22:48, took up an entire album side. It gets a bit repetitive, but is actually pretty in places. Driving on the Autobahn must be much more relaxing than US Interstates. One must remember this is a pioneering work in synthpop, so if it doesn't sound as polished as later works, that is why.

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1st song was a bit on the short side.

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Hypnotic Germanic vibes

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I liked the album for a change but I’m not sure I’d choose to listen to it again ***

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Very odd music for the time. First ambient music?

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1973 unbelievable

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De lo que he escuchando del krautrock, es lo que más me has gustado. De verdad es bien experimental, pero es agradable (aunque a veces monótono). No es una joya, pero no es un mal álbum.

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Wow! Brought back memories of youth!

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