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Trans Europe Express

Kraftwerk

1977

Trans Europe Express

Album Summary

Trans-Europe Express (German: Trans Europa Express) is the sixth studio album by German electronic music band Kraftwerk. Recorded in mid-1976 in Düsseldorf, Germany, the album was released in March 1977 on Kling Klang Records. It saw the group refine their melodic electronic style, with a focus on sequenced rhythms, minimalism, and occasionally manipulated vocals. The themes include celebrations of the titular European railway service and Europe as a whole, and meditations on the disparities between reality and appearance. Trans-Europe Express charted at 119 on the American charts and was ranked number 30 in The Village Voice's 1977 Pazz & Jop critics' poll. Two singles were released: "Trans-Europe Express" and "Showroom Dummies". The album has been re-released in several formats and continues to receive acclaim. In 2014, the Los Angeles Times called it "the most important pop album of the last 40 years".

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Rating

3.1

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5566

Genres

  • Electronica
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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

What an interesting album. I can see why it is one of the most influential albums in modern music history. Electronica vibes

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Tue Apr 13 2021
1

Early electronica should always be celebrated. It’s the foundation for any synthesised music today. But this foundation has cracks...and their extremely repetitive and flakey. There is a solid compound in it’s mix yet nowhere near interesting enough to want to reapply once let alone over and over again. 1 Star!

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Fri May 07 2021
1

Solidly boring. I see that it was made in 1977 so this may have been foundational to the music that I DO like but... I do not want to listen to this ever again haha.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
5

What's not to love about Kraftwerk? Groundbreaking electronic music and German accents! I've been a fan since a very young age. The Siouxie and the Banshees version of "Hall of Mirrors" was an important moody college song, but sounds positively jaunty next to Kraftwerk's masterpiece of existential dread, which leads nicely to "Showroom Dummies." We are all showroom dummies; "we go into a club, and there we start to dance." I never had this album, but "Trans Europe Express" was on a Kraftwerk collection I had, and was always a favorite of mine with its funky train beat in the background and (retroactively) futuristic feel. On a sleek, high speed train of the future, speeding through the European landscape, I'm filled with ennui and angst under this façade I'm forced to wear. Timeless perfection.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Dope. Never heard. Really enjoy

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

Good job it wasn't the Trans UK Express or it would have been overpriced, delayed, busy and the toilets would have been horrible. AMIRIGHT?

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Mon Nov 15 2021
1

2 Kraftwek albums in a row.... Wtf are you doing to me. These sound exactly the same. Like crap.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

It is such a great album and love the early electronics and rhythms, along with the German flair in Kraftwerk's vocals. Listening to this made me want to catch a train in the middle of the night in the city. A very essential listen. Trans Europe Express to Abzug was perfection and its chant felt like a powerful mantra. Have to say though, the German version was better and in partitcular, so were the live versions of Hall of Mirrors and Showroom Dummies in 1981. Fun Fact: Dr Dre playing a live version of Metal on Metal at the beginning of Defiant Ones effectively prescribed me to Kraftwerk and this album.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Repetition, but make it beautiful and captivating. I really enjoyed this record.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

The track Franz Schubert is what plays when you ascend to heaven

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

OK, I wrote my first review below but was still listening to it when driving across town. In the space of a mile, I encountered some staggeringly entitled arsehole drivers. I found that it actually was the perfect soundtrack to staring the patriarchy in the face with a cold, dead, unblinking stare. It's just gone from 1 to 4 stars. ---‐------------------------------------------- Yes, I know, massively influential on the electronic music genre. But this is the musical equivalent of eating 6 crackers without water. Joyless, functional and boring. I couldn't finish it. One star.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
3

Kraftwerk opens this album with sparkly electronic synths reminiscent of 8-bit games that would later be invented years after its release. A display of their visionary status in the 1970s music industry milieu, 'Trans-Europe Express' (album) implements simple beats and minimal production that is perhaps more contemporary and innovative at the time. Despite this, Kraftwerk fundamentally misses the target - static and uniform composition that manages to revel only in its past glory, of being first to experiment with the digital medium.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
1

Didn’t listen but I’m still going to rate it 1 just cuz

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Sun Mar 07 2021
1

Weak sauce

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Sun Mar 07 2021
1

I fucking hate Kraftwerk!!! We’ve had 3 too many Kraftwerk albums

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Wed May 12 2021
1

1977 German techno sounds interesting just by the title, but honestly it's feckin boring. Couldn't finish

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Mon Jul 19 2021
1

A little more in the way of vocals than the previous Kraftwerks album, still DEFINITELY not my thing though.

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Thu May 13 2021
1

Really could not get through it. Understand why it was foundational for its time but unsure if it translates to anything interesting today. Did find out the melody from the title track was used in a Bollywood movie which was funny.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
1

I like synth. I even like some Kraftwerk. But this album is so repetitive and boring that it was pretty hard to get through. There's a set of 3 songs that are actually the same song. Rough.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
1

This one was challenging to listen to the whole album. Grinds a bit on the outside of my brain.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
1

I don’t care for electronic music.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
1

Sounds like someone dicking around on a keyboard. Almost ten minutes of this shit on the first song. Guh. Like is the fact they say "Europe. Endless." Over and over and play the same shit over and over for 10 fucking minutes supposed to be ironic? Or is it supposed to be a stab at coloratura? Europe is endless and so is this fucking song. I don't find this groundbreaking in anyway. It's sophomoric if you we're to ask me. Pedantic even. I'm not taking the right drugs. I've just seen there's a song called endless. I can't wait...

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Tue Sep 28 2021
1

not good bad

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Fri Nov 05 2021
1

Tedious, sterile and joyless. I really don't understand the appeal of this music - except maybe as a background, ambient sound. Felt a lot longer than 43 minutes.

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Fri Jan 01 2021
5

perfection

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

I LOVE KRAFTWERK. So cool, different, electronic, but not overwhelming or too much. Genius. I discovered them playing in Vintage Vinyl one day and had to ask an employee who it was and bought the CD.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
5

Liked this one a lot more; slowly building songs, somewhat repetitive but intricately great

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

I mean, I don’t hate electronica, and this is pretty decent so far. I don’t consider myself the biggest electronica fan, but I found this fairly enjoyable. It was not a pain to listen to at all.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
5

One of the coolest albums ever. German version >> English version. Electronic ingenuity. 9-10/10 1. Trans Europa Express 2. Spiegelsaal 3. Schaufensterpuppen

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

Gran álbum que puedo apreciar como frecuente escuchador de tecno y deep house. Aunque también he de reconocer que no me lo puedo tomar en serio, es como música-meme. Chistosito, sobre todo la canción inicial la súper veo en un meme de gatitos tocando el synth. Mood: los supersónicos atienden al concierto de robotina.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
5

Brilluant

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Mon Apr 19 2021
5

Greatest electronic album ever

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Tue May 18 2021
5

Escuchar Kraftwerk no es sentarse a escuchar musica como haces siempre. Tenés que posicionarte en los 70 y mirar hacia este lado del charco. TEE se hizo cuando acá se cantaba pata pata la escena de la musica nacional se preparaba para explotar. Es inocente, despojada de complejidad y terriblemente exacta. Te dicen Kraftwerk y escuchás como suena y decis "si, a esto me suena la palabra Kraftwerk". Si bien no es mi disco favorito de ellos (Computerwelt y Die Mensch-Maschine por si se lo preguntan), es un disco mega significativo. La tematica de la musica es sobre cosas que cuando mirás para atrás suenan re simples y basicas, pero cuando lo contextualizas, tematizaban con la vanguardia de lo que estaba sucediendo. El Tour de France, la radioactiviad, un tren que cruza todo europa, robotica, computacion... De ahi viene la inocencia con la que hicieron musica y la forma en la que suena. Hoy pasarían como ringtones polifonicos. Inventaron la musica electronica. Sin ésto, no hay Tiesto, no hay David Guetta, no hay nada. And that's something. ...Que increible que en los 70's estos tipos hablaban de un tren que iba a pasar por todo un continente y acá seguimos discutiendo si la emision genera inflacion.

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Tue May 18 2021
5

Otro disco que gasté. Hoy no estoy de humor para escucharlo. Me duele la cabeza y digamos que no colabora mucho a que se me pase. Gran disco igualmente. 9/10 ludomatics.

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Tue May 18 2021
5

Lo escuché un poco a las apuradas, pero es una banda que me gusta Como dijo Betz es un gusto adquirido. Ideal también para trabajar, me permite concentrarme. 5 efes

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Sun May 16 2021
5

This was an amazing trip.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
5

Really innovative and fun. It's repetitive, but there are variations throughout. My five year old developed a dance to Trans Europe Express while wearing sunglasses. 5/5.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
5

I tore thru this. I prefer Man-Machine but this album deserves 5 stars.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

Absolute classic

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

Stunning example of electronica. Completely game changing - who knew that Germans could be so cool ;)

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

Good electronica

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

det er så godt det her

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

Phenomenal, still comes in just behind Autobahn for my favourite of theirs but it's close.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

cool!

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

Lovely, dreamy electro pop. Minimalistic sounds but gorgeously layered. 5/5 stars

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Sun Feb 06 2022
5

Take a ride on the T.E.E. Express. It is retro, but also futuristic. It is idealistic but also kind of unsettling. It is a 10/10 but still not even my personal favorite Kraftwerk record. R.I.P. Florian Schneider

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

great stuff. continued listening to more albums.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Beautiful sometimes uncomfortable listening. How can an album so subdued make me feel so anxious? The layered sounds, pioneering synth lines and monotone vocals of Trans-Europe Express are a master work. This is another album that is so influential I find it hard to imagine what it would have been like to be one of the artists inspired by it hearing it for the first time.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
5

Iconic. Most people are not aware of Kraftwerk and their ground-breaking electronic style that wasn't really done. The inhumanness goes so far it wraps around and becomes somehow human. Only song I'm not a fan of is "Showroom Dumimes". 4.5 to 5.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
5

This may be their most refined and engaging album. It feels very conceptually unified as they begin to focus more on something closer to pop song structures with lyrics, at least on Side A. The fluid 3-track song suite of Trans Europe Express / Metal on Metal / Abzug on Side B is like a mini railway version of their masterpiece Autobahn, but with a much funkier beat. Quite a ride. This album is also a big step for them in becoming the robots they were destined to be in Showroom Dummies. And I must say I geek out every time when they name check their real life rendezvous with Bowie and Iggy on the title track. Absolutely historic. They were electronic music pioneers who were so far ahead of their time that they were essentially in a league of their own. You may not dig their schtick, hell, you may not even care for electronic music whatsoever, but, like it or not, these affectless Germans changed the sonic possibilities for music across multiple genres, some of which they nearly single handedly created. Hard to pick a favorite album by them but this just may be it for me.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

duh

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

Brutal!! Me ha encantado. Discazo

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

I don't know why but I love this album. It's great. Fun sounds, cool german accents saying the same words over and over again. So amazing! I think my favourite tracks are Europe Endless and The Hall of Mirrors.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

Awwww yiss. I fucking love this album, but I am happy to rediscover that fact.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

Love this album, smooth elegance electronica.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
5

Det här kan mycket väl vara det bästa som någonsin släppts. Det är, fulländat.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
5

fucking amazing electronic I love Kraftwerk favorite song is probably Showroom Dummies, but the whole album’s great - 10/10

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Sun Jun 19 2022
5

Nonstop.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

Fav songs: - The Hall of Mirrors - Showroom Dummies - Trans-Europe Express

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

Coooool

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Sat Jul 23 2022
5

Still phenomenal.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

Repetitive, detailed, more to it than you get on a first listen. Great!

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Magnificence

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

OK so I'm dumb. For the longest time I thought kraftwerk was that shitty joke from the eric Andre show. But that's kraft punk. I'm smart. But this album is amazing. It's so ahead of its time it isn't even funny. I will save this one for now and check out the whole kraftwerk catalog.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

All in on the synths and I love it

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

an electronic feast for the ears

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Thu Dec 15 2022
5

First time listening to Trans Europe Express. It's what I expect from Kraftwerk based on the other albums I've heard and Kraftwerk never disappoints.

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Sun Dec 18 2022
5

Brilliant.

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Fri Dec 23 2022
5

Is this their best album? Probably first among equals anyway, just fantastic. My kids hate it, such philistines

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Mon Jan 09 2023
5

Iconic Suite in the back end, and further solidifies one of the bands I actually would have have been a hard-core fan of in the 70s

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Mon Jan 09 2023
5

This is the Kraftwerk I've been waiting for. Just the right amount of weird forward-thinking energy without getting too much. Great, catchy songs. A fantastic medley on the back half. This was just what the doctor ordered.

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Fri Jan 13 2023
5

Так, ну это реально мой альбом, потому что только увидев облогу с утра я подумал: ну вот это меня точно чем-то удивит. Удивило. Для меня концепт раскрыт полностью, музыкальные решения пушечка, лирика тут не мешается, но и не вокал не машинальный, за что я 4+ "леди и джентльменам поставил", ну и не затянуто, быстрые 40 минуток. Такой музыкальный тикток 70х: 1,5 семпла, 2,5 музыкальных решения, которые привели к прекрасной поездке. Обязательно буду включать в дальних поездках после выезда из города и прямо перед въездом (для полетов уже есть песенька). Отдельно могу выделить почти все, но титульная композиция прям обязательно. 4-6 треки тоже надо послушать. Пы.сы. первая пятерка! Пы.пы.сы. кажется, я ебнутый, но мне заходит что авангард как визуальный жанр, так и аудиальный, как оказалось. Ещё пару альбомов и созрею до пытки авангардом от славы КПСС Пы.пы.пы.сы. возможно не оч структурировано, но 1) оч эмоций много, 2) хочу с утра получить новый альбом, а сейчас уже в кроватке с телефоном лежу, так что подробнее обсосем на подкасте

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Fri Jan 13 2023
5

Охуенно просто (да, я решил не заморачиваться)

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Sun Jan 15 2023
5

What a treat. These guys are the best at what they do. Hugely influential. The sound just envelopes you. Hard to believe this is 46 years old.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

4.5

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

Fucking funky and weird. Definitely 80s electronica?

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Just a great electronic record.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Not something I'd choose to listen to but probably good to have on the background while working.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

sample this

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

Was initially thinking 3 stars during a background listen, but put it on again and paid slightly more attention and definitely bumping it up to 4. It's been so massively influential on a bunch of genres I like. To quote from a Drowned in Sound review quoted on Wikipedia, it's "all at once antique, timeless, retro and contemporary". Fave track - the whole of side 2! 🚅

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Surprenant, j.aime bien la musique electro. C’est tres en avance sur son temps. 4.25*

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

No me queda sino imaginar solamente cómo sonó esto en su momento. Aun hoy, me gusta prácticamente todo. El minimalismo y la repetición de las vocales le dan un aire todavía más artificial, ese sonido "robótico" con el que se ubica a Kraftwerk. Un pensamiento random, me gusta mucho, pero siento que si estuviera atrapado en algún lugar con solamente esta música, sentiría miedo rápido (?). Creo que mis beats favoritos están en "Trans-Europe Express", "Metal on Metal" y pues qué linda "Franz Schubert". 9/10

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Sun Feb 21 2021
4

Production: 17/20 Songwriting: 12/20 Innovation: 19/20 Bangers: 10/20 Emotional response: 16/20 =64 Awesome sauce.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Otra banda que nunca había escuchado pero esta vez sí fue algo a conciencia jajaja Kraftwerk para mí siempre fue música de gente cool y a ese mundo yo no pertenezco. Ahora que tuve la ocasión de escucharlos, sigo con la misma idea (?). Es un disco muy conceptual que, en ese sentido, lo siento lejano a mí, pero de todas formas sí me gustó, aunque no sabría poner en palabras por qué.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

Lovely stuff for a summers day. True pioneers. Cant believe this was made in 76!

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

I would play this album again. The last 4 tracks, from "Metal on Metal" through "Endless Endless", was may favorite portion of the album. The first track, "Europe Endless", felt like the typical sound from Kraftwork to me (in a good way). Track 2, "The Hall of Mirrors", was the weakest spot for me on the album. Perhaps this was because of the almost spoken word portions. "The Hall of Mirrors" wouldn't prevent me from putting this album on again. Between 3.75 and 4.25

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

Parts of this album really blew me away. Some of it was repetitive to be sure, but there was a level of energy that was constant throughout that kept me hooked. I really enjoyed this.

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

Beeps and books to move your hips to.

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Mon May 24 2021
4

great album

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Tue May 25 2021
4

interesting to 1. realize more songs than I know are covers of albums i didn't know. 2. listen to early electronica and see how that comes through in more recent music 3. realize I love the the mild german-accent in english. 4. realize that my only impression of kraftwerk was based on the name, and that conjured a very different sound that reality.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Liked it. respect for the technical challenges early electronic music faced

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

The grandfathers of electronic rock music. Lots of very familiar beats with moody Eurocentric lyrics. Album has a great flow but some of the tracks are very long and repetitive, even if the motifs never really get boring.

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Sun May 30 2021
4

Een gezelliger album dan ik van Kraftwerk herinner. De moeite waard om nog eens te luisteren.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Another really great album from Kraftwerk. I think I like this one a bit better than The Man Machine actually, especially in the vocal department.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

This felt "milder" than The Man-Machine album that came up from Kraftwerk already. Maybe more song/melody oriented? Fairly laid back.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

Banger and mash

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Tue Aug 03 2021
4

Light on vocals, heavy on synthesizers. I can get behind this. I hope I listen to more Kraftwerk. Maybe I will. I probably won't. But it would definitely make me cooler. Great music for chugging away at work. Highlights: The feeling of listening to the same drum beat and synth sounds for 6+ minutes, and how that lures you into a trance.

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Sun Aug 08 2021
4

8/10, spacey, repetitive in the best way possible, very forward thinking, very good. v good.

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Sun Aug 08 2021
4

Electronic German music. Synthesizers rock. I dig it.

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Sun Aug 15 2021
4

I grew up listening to Kraftwerk and it shaped my musical taste profoundly. They were so innovative in the 70s that this sound must have blown everyone’s mind. However the irony is that because they were so influential that you hear this style almost everywhere now so the their unique groundbreaking sound is lost on most new listeners. This album is great but I think Man Machine and Computer World are better so it only gets a 4 from me.

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