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The Man Machine

Kraftwerk

1978

The Man Machine

Album Summary

The Man-Machine (German: Die Mensch-Maschine) is the seventh studio album by German electronic music band Kraftwerk. It was released on 19 May 1978 by Kling Klang in Germany and by Capitol Records elsewhere. A further refinement of their mechanical style, the album saw the group incorporate more danceable rhythms. It includes the singles "The Model" and "The Robots". Although the album was initially unsuccessful on the UK Albums Chart, it reached a new peak position of number nine in February 1982, becoming the band's second highest-peaking album in the United Kingdom after Autobahn (1974).

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3.34

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5308

Genres

  • Electronica
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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

Great album. Still sounds surprisingly fresh and modern, highlighting how far ahead of their time kraftwerk were at the time of release.

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Fri Dec 04 2020
3

It must have been wild to discover this album in 1978 - a bunch of German weirdos singing in robot voices about space lasers. Still listenable today. Best track: The Model

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Mon Sep 06 2021
3

Kraftwerk = les Daft punk du pauvre mais vous savez comme moi qu'il serait idiot de m'étaler sur cet album sans évoquer les événements récents. Comme vous le savez, la rivalité entre mon compagnon d'écoute elchavez et moi dépasse très largement le cadre de la musique. Celle-ci a connu un point de non-retour il y a quelques semaines. Vous savez probablement que je prends depuis plusieurs années un malin plaisir à sortir avec les conquêtes dudit elchavez. Le but poursuivi est le suivant : le mettre hors d'état de nuire. Alors que je rentrais justement d'un bar du centre-ville en compagnie de l'une de ses anciennes fréquentations, nous nous assîmes soudain sur les marches de la Poste Meriadeck. Cette dernière déclara d'une voix blafarde : "Robcremière, je dois t'avouer quelque chose : j'adore les Crusaders ainsi que Hugh Masekela." Pas besoin d'en rajouter, nos langues s'entremêlaient bientôt dans un tourbillon inarrêtable. Après une vingtaine de minutes, celle-ci m'annonça soudain : "Robcremière, tu embrasses beaucoup mieux qu'elchavez. De plus, ta connaissance de la musique lui est nettement supérieure." J'acquiesçai brièvement et nous nous galochâmes ensuite avec encore plus de vigueur. Dans le même temps, on pouvait entendre les encouragements de certains passants : "Bien fait pour elchavez !", "Il l'a bien mérité !", "À mort elchavez, l'homme qui ne donne jamais plus de 4 !", etc... Le lendemain, j'envoyai une lettre recommandée à ce dernier dans laquelle je lui exposais les faits dans leur intégralité. Une bataille de plus remportée par Robcremière.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Amazing. I can hear all of New Wave and Techno in their trailblazing synthesisers.

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Sat Aug 28 2021
5

The way they take bleeps and bloops and infuse them with warmth and emotion is something else. Neon Lights is one of the most beautiful pieces of music.

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Sun Aug 29 2021
4

I, for one, welcome our robotic overlords. Best Tracks: The Robots; Metropolis; The Model

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

beep boop

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Thu Oct 01 2020
5

Connor: I loved this album! It's catchy, danceable, and yet certain songs - especially The Model - seem to have a dark, cold undercurrent that make me feel lonely

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

Love. This one is genuinely life changing for music.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

More pop-oriented than any of their previous work, the sound of The Man-Machine -- in particular among Kraftwerk's oeuvre -- had a tremendous impact on the cold, robotic synth pop of artists like Gary Numan, as well as Britain's later new romantic movement.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

An excellent album, which still sounds like the future, despite being released over 40 years ago. Standout track is Neon Lights - it’s almost-waltz like time signature somehow only serves to make it sound even more futuristic. Everyone should own this album.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

When this first appeared it must have sounded like the most mental thing ever. The meticulous technical effort seems normal now, but still feels exciting.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Very unique. It blows my mind that such a refined and crisp electronic, synthy sound was possible in 1978.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
3

Exceptionally weird. Exceptionally cool.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
2

Kind of boring.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
2

"She's a model and she's looking good. I'd like to take her home it's understood". SMSLGIL2THHIU. That's the new password for this group. Memorize it.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
2

Les sonorités de cet album me sont apparues fort désagréables. Où sont passés la rigueur et le pragmatisme allemand au moment de concevoir ce navet de musique electronique? Je me souviens d'un temps où les studios allemands étaient un exemple d'organisation, les micros étant bien alignés, les tables de mix en ordre de marche, on ne décelait aucun bruit parasite, seule la voix de l'ingénieur son rythmant ce balais de production sonore. Ce temps semble désormais bien loin, il serait bon de redonner à l'Allemagne sa gloire d'antan.

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Mon Nov 23 2020
5

a la Tron Legacy electro-techno

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Wed Jul 14 2021
5

"Die Mensch-Maschine": a perfect distillation of the record. So much of the future is in these songs, especially the future of electronic music. Yet there's physicality, even humanity, in every beat. It's the soundtrack of a cyberpunk world we never got. That might be good, of course: The music is more challenging than the titular phrase, and that lost future has problems we moderns don't have to face. Practically, moving to these rhythms works, but feels less than freeing. For other electronic music, that might be a flaw. Here, though, it feels like The Point.

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Thu Oct 01 2020
5

Classic album that flows seamlessly. Robots love it!

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Wed May 05 2021
5

4.5

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Surprisingly good. I’m a new fan!

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

amazing

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Really unique and cool use of synthesizers for it's age

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Fri Apr 23 2021
5

TITÁNICO, GIGANTE, TRASCENDETAL, FUTURISTA.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

Du du du du

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Wed Apr 21 2021
5

One of my all time favorites.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

I can hear where Daft punk and a lot of other electronic artists were influenced by these dudes.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

Delightful synth with the origins of dance music felt. Even though a little repetitive, never felt to be irritating.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
5

Very 80's video game

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

Innovative and paved the way for electronic music.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

1978. 6 songs, most over 5 minutes. It's a very even and smooth album. Obviously a bit groundbreaking and influential for the time. The Model has lyrics. I consider this to be an essential album, but not sure how often I would put this on.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

Great album. I really liked it.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
5

Discazo! Una obra maestra

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Sun Aug 08 2021
5

Classic.

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Sun Aug 22 2021
5

Really loved this synth pop pre new wave album. Got me moving with a driving rhythm and great electronic beats.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
5

Very good

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Fri Sep 10 2021
5

Already listened to.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

The title track is the best Kraftwerk song hands down. Classic/10

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

All time classic love it

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Sat Oct 02 2021
5

This is a great album, perfect from front to back. I love all of Kraftwerk’s albums, but this one is to my mind a perfectly executed album, probably the best introduction to the band for a new listener. The songs flow beautifully into each other and tonally they all work well together. It’s such a smooth listen. Half these songs clock in over 6 minutes and you don't even feel it really. There isn’t a bad song here as far as I’m concerned. I also feel like over time this album has really aged well. Back then, it was highly futuristic. Now it’s simply a classic, a necessary touchpoint for anyone with an interest in electronic music. The compositions are tight, crisp, melodic and spare. The vocals are limited, either sung directly by Ralf Hütter, or vocalizations processed through machines. I know not everyone is a fan of the songs with vocals, but I happen to like them a lot and I think they’re central to the whole “Man Machine” concept in Kraftwerk’s music. When you hear a song like “The Model” or “Neon Lights,” it’s Hütter’s vocals that provide that surprising warmth and pathos. Without it, all you have is the machine. It’s an idea both in music and in life that’s still pretty timely when you think about it. Fave Songs: Neon Lights (it’s so very good, possibly their best song ever), The Robots, The Model. I mean really, all of them.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

It hurts my head to imagine how alien this must have sounded in 1978. Like Arnie turning up naked and nicking a motorcycle, it must have been like the future had arrived.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

Now this is an album that I think would really pique the interest of both Jude and Iris Law. 🍤 Pretty revolutionary, wasn't it? The past masters of the future. Haunting and echoing, the album glides effortlessly into the future that has now long since arrived. Yeah Again, Thomas Tuchel would be tops off on the u bahn with a traffic cone up his ass. Speaking of The Man Machine... and cones up the ass, I wonder when SHACK will ever do a review again.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
5

Classique. L'un des meilleurs albums d'électro

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Thu Nov 04 2021
5

Never realized how much of a foundation Kraftwerk laid for electronic music and robot pop.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

Very cool. They made a splash with their electronics in the late 70s! Many are influenced by Kraftwerk and don't even know it! Definitely a cool listen. I may revisit a few tracks for some of my electronic playlists. Rating 5 for importance to modern Electronica!

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

не ну это ш крафтверк, чо тут можно ваще говорить, давно уже всё сказано

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

I love zeez goddamn krazy Germans and zere krafty trailblazing of genrez various. Amazingly accessible avant garde krauty goodness, totally futuristic, forward thinking, look into the krystal ball, pioneering goodness. YA

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Sat Nov 27 2021
5

Ja das is gut

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

This one is a real jam. And trailblazer

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

Великий альбом

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Sat Dec 18 2021
5

Drugi kraftwerkowy material na liscie, tym razem najbardziej popularny albumik, wiec the man machine z 78, bedacy siodmym studyjnym nagraniem w dorobku bandy, jak to w przypadku elektroniki tworzonej przy pomocy poteznych synthow czlowiek nie wie jakie dzwieki go atakauja, tak w tym wypadku atak byl tak minimalistyczny, ze wrecz nieodczuwalny, nie jest to brzmienie krautowe jak w poprzednim autobahnie, a cos bardziej konwencjonalnego w normach synthowego popu, bo jest to material popowy, co wlasnie kupilo mnie o wiele bardziej niz eksperymentalna autostrada, popowe brzmienie elektro polaczone z luznym konceptem, ktory jednym slowem mozna podsumowac jako futuryzm, tworzy dobre kombo, material niby z lat 70, a sluchajac mam wrazenie, ze znam te brzmienia z vaporowowych trakow, wiec juz wiadomo czym tworcy tego renesansowego zrywu artystycznego sie mogli inspirowac, kolejna sprawa sa wykorzystane wokale, w wiekszej czesci sa one mocno przepuszczone przez modulatory w celu uzyskania brzmienia pokroju mister robato arigato, ale na najbardziej popowym utworze plyty, otwierajacego druga strone the model, utrzymanej w sarkastycznym tonie historii pieknej kobiety i jej roli we wspolczesnym spoleczenstwie, nie mozna sie przyczepic do jakosci anglinskich wojsow, a przeciez banda niemiecka i sa nawet wersje dojczowe, ktorych nie sprawdzalem, bo angielskie brzmia na tyle dobrze, ze nie widze sensu szukac czegos lepszego, jak zazwyczaj ciezko mi sie slucha elektronicznych pickow, tak the man machine skatowalem juz chyba z piec razy, bo samo nagranie ma 36 minut i zawiera 6 dosc rowno podzielonych czasowo trakow, na plejke rokowa leci the model, ktory ma w sobie cos co kojarzy mi sie z tworczoscia residentow, a na guti szitowa otwierajacy the robots, ale rowno dobrze moglby to byc kazdy inny utwor, bo plyta jest rowna i ciezko znalezc momenty nudne badz niepotrzebne, calosc wiec laduje w biblioteczce spotifajowej zasluzonych krazkow

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

Can't believe it took me this long to listen to Kraftwerk. Absolutely timeless. Their influence can be heard everywhere. Will probably add a few songs from this album to my running playlist.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

MUSKAT NUSS HERR MULLER Prefs: TOUT Moins pref: NADA

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

Aucun défaut

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Ett banbrytande album. som the wall utan alla tråkiga gitarrer och bögig sång

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

Stan Kraftwerk. Kraftwerk RULES. I could hear and FEEL the neon lights in "Neonlicht". Ultra beautiful, slick, and futuristic, even 43 years later!!!

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

There's nothing else to say but *chef's kiss*.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

Still sounds like music from another world. My art teacher used to play this over & over at school. I was rubbish at art but it was great to hear this. The Model hasn’t aged, stunning. Neon Lights is something else, warm & emotional. Absolutely ridiculous this is over 40 years old. I’m reading Carl Cox’s autobiography and he dedicates a whole chapter to Kraftwerk. It’s wondrous, magical music. It makes you feel different to any other music, unique in that way.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

OH YESSSS it's a wall to wall banger situation :) I love this album. It is so interesting, unusual, influential, beautiful, relaxing yet exciting, experimental, German, sexy, somehow still futuristic even though it's already very old! The model is a TUNE and it's one I often whip out on an open mic night with guitar cajon and vocals haha! I recently used The Robots in a school assembly (I'm a teacher) and can confirm the kids of today LOVE it, not a soul was sitting still. I love that it's not loads of songs! I just wonder what the price was when they released it in 1978 when people couldn't stream online, did they account for the short length by making it cheaper? I'm actually in love with Neon Lights. It's put me in a great mood despite a stressful day at work, that's a marker for 5 star perfection in my book.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

Another future classic from the 70s. Silky smooth electronica for the autopeople.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

What is there left to say about this stunningly influential album?

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

Heavy.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

Klassik Kraftwerk.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

It took a few listens to feel the vibe again, but certainly when switching to the German version I could confirm this is still a great album.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

Robots

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Sat Mar 26 2022
5

The Man Machine is just an incredible synth-pop record. It sounds so energetic, creative, ahead of it's time, and each track has a unique contribution to the whole experience. One of my favorite ways to start the day is with a double espresso, waiting for the caffeine to kick in, and getting hours of work done with this piece of brilliance. 5/5.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

Music made by men pretending to be robots for people who are pretending not to be robots. Overall my favourite Kraftwerk album

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

Gateway drug for Kraftwerk was Africa Bambata, then "Breaking" (the scene where Shrimp dances with a broom, scored to "Tour de France". Nice thing about coming late to the party is that there is so much waiting to be discovered...

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Fri May 13 2022
5

Nothing more to be said other than five stars. My favourite Kraftwerk album.

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Thu May 19 2022
5

Weird early German techno. Oddly fascinating. I listened to Trans-Europe Express and Computer Love after this. It was good rabbit hole to fall into.

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Sat Jun 04 2022
5

This is probably my favorite Kraftwerk album, even though it is their most accessible. I just love the simplicity of every song, but somehow it's some of the most enjoyable synthpop I know.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
5

So... you don´t have to say anything about Kraftwerk. But I suggest listen to the german version. Don´t mind the lyrics. They are not important. But I think in the original version they even sound better

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Mon Jul 04 2022
5

One of the best electronic albums of all time

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

I can't give Kraftwerk anything less than 5 stars for their pioneering contributions to the evolution of electronic music (and music in general). This album seems to have the least amount of overarching concept of the albums in their prime, and is more of a collection of songs - but it definitely has some of their most memorable and catchiest singles. This is where they went from being showroom dummies to full fledged robots, with more danceable rhythms. I like this album because Ralf and Florian finally let Karl Bartos in on the songwriting and rather than too many cooks making it too busy, it actually made them tighten things up and refine their formula. A well oiled machine.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Charming to the last! In concept it seems like this would come off as a more scathing critique of modern life, but the melodies are so alluring, bright and catchy. It's like the robots have realized the true meaning of happiness.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Pioneering high fidelity electronic.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
5

This one is a masterpiece - early minimalistic, electronic music with great hooks and rhythm. The Model is perhaps Kraftwerk's most famous song. The Robots has great rhythm and makes for a fantastic opener. And Neon Lights is just beautiful. There is not a weak track to be found. I somewhat prefer the album's German version, but the is a must-hear in any language; certainly one of Kraftwerk's best. 4.5/5

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

The future has never sounded so interesting, fun, melodic and hypnotic. And ironically, you have to dig way into the past to find a version of it that can fuel your imagination like no other electronic record out there. Maybe because this very album is one of the first to fully go to that direction and never turn back. Beginnings have rarely sounded any better, frankly. Besides, everyone said it, but I'm gonna repeat it now: the influence Kraftwerk had on modern music wasn't circumscribed on this particular electronic genre. The band also gave ideas had to a vast array of other styles, from post-punk to hip hop. But even if you don't give a damn about all that, this particular album stands on its own. Because this here is Kraftwerk's true masterpiece. Earworms after earworms, *The Man Machine* takes you into Metropolis' world, both dystopian and utopian, so cold and robotic, and yet so frail and so human, in a way. Beyond the mechanical rhythms, there's a lot of subtle emotions to be found in those tracks. It's a lesson that the best electronic acts learned from this album. And it's one they should never forget. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 821 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory: 97 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 45 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 39

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

Huge favorite. Used to listen to this one in its entirety with my family. Makes me feel nostalgic, and it’s also incredibly influential.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

👾👾👾

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

It's a tough call, but if I were forced to decide, I think this is the pinnacle of Kraftwerk's discography. Despite the digital precision of their instruments, the sounds across these tracks flow smoothly, like a masterfully hewn marble sculpture. And with that work done, the groundwork was laid for numerous groups and genres to come. Groups like Daft Punk and The Orb and genres like ambient, house, and synthwave built upon that ground bringing EDM on the whole solidly into the mainstream. Now the use of computers are ubiquitous in all aspects of making music, so much so that working without them is the exception as opposed to the norm. In that sense, groups like Kraftwerk were pioneering multiple levels and their influence can hardly be overstated.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

I can't believe I have never listened to this. Fantastic!

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

Pretty great

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

I’m quite unfamiliar with Kraftwerk. My only knowledge really is that every now and then Rachael will just shout “Rah rah rah at the autobahn” at me. That song isn’t on this album, but I’m interested to hear it nonetheless. Songs I already knew: none Favourites after listening: The Robots, Neon Lights I had completely wrong expectations of what Kraftwerk were. For some reason, I always thought they were retro goth rock and I couldn’t have been more wrong - they feel more like they could have been the musical parents of Daft Punk. Each song on this had me tapping my foot away. This might sound a little oxymoronic, but it sounds futuristic in a retro kind of way. Like a soundscape to getting abducted by aliens in a film where they used puppets. I’d definitely recommend to people who enjoy pop and EDM. Maybe less so for goths, but then again it is a pretty great album all round so who knows?

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

30 seconds into The Robots and I started dancing involuntarily... moving my head around etc. please god let me hear this at the club before i die this absolutely bangs. can't wait to listen to kraftwerk's entire discography.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
5

Even without the context as electronic music trailblazers, this is a great album. Mechanical computer blips and bloops come together to create a very melodic, atmospheric and strangely beautiful and emotive record. Rating: 4.5/5 Playlist track: The Model Date listened: 21/10/22

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Tue Oct 25 2022
5

It might be easy to dismiss this as plinky plonky scifi-ish synth, but it's actually really bloody great. The music has structure and texture. It creates an image, it sets a mood. Sure, it's not Kraftwerk's first stuff, and it expands upon, rather than creates electronica as a genre - but it is cohesive, skilful and really appealing to listen to. Try listening to The Robots on headphones while walking. It's almost impossible not to fall into step with the beat. Great stuff.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

In a past life, I would be a Kraftwerk diehard, I think.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Still sounds new 40something years later

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

🕺🤖

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Sun Nov 27 2022
5

Cooool

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Fri Oct 02 2020
4

Best Kreftwerk album

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Tue Sep 15 2020
4

Beautiful bass lows and soothing synths. Some songs went on a little too long. Favorite songs: The Robots, Spacelab

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Mon Nov 09 2020
4

Awesome.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

Welcome to Night City, 1977

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Classic electronic album that you can feel the echoes of throughout modern music.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

We are the robots- bloop, beep bop beep

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

3.8

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

I really enjoyed this.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

I liked it and I can see why Kraftwerk are considered The Godfather’s of this type of sound.

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Wed May 05 2021
4

Timeless classic

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Few lyrics, industrial, mechanical sounding. Reminds me of old school techno/ synth wave vibes, could be a soundtrack to a old video game.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Forut for sin tid der altså...

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

No sé, cómo que me gusta más de lo que quisiera que me gustara.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

Really quite liked this, should listen to more Kraftwerk

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

crazy this album was released in 1979. this is basically what Daft Punk is built on. i give it a 4/5 for sound and historical significance

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Cool and fun electronic dance music, very minimalistic

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Ekstremt sterk 4/5 her. Eneste som trekker ned er jo at det kan bli litt i overkant minimalistisk til tider. Tysk-versjon bedre enn engelsk, imo.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

Sin afán de poner en ridículo a pioneros tan reconocidos como Kraftwerk, quisiera decir que "The Robots" ahora suena un tanto risible, no estoy seguro de si en su momento también provocaba risa, y me parece que dentro del conjunto de las 6 canciones, desentona en una cierta forma que no puedo explicar del todo. En fin, que por lo demás, me suena muy bien, pero sobre todo porque amo los sintetizadores. Me gustó más de la 4 a la 6 que de la 1 a la 3. Todo es muy sampleable, yo digo y de repente se siente vibra darketona (?). Está padre. 8/10

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

Awesome minimalist electronic pop record. 2/3 years ahead of its time.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

Apesar de que medio comprendo la importancia de Kraftwerk en la música electrónica, no me he logrado convencer de mi apreciación por su música. En simples palabras, me aburre. Aun así las primeras canciones son agradables y disfruté The model porque Ramastein hizo un covee de ella en alemán, así que la identifiqué de inmediato. Mood: robotina goes viral

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

amazing that 40 years later, you could recreate this album in Garage Band for your indie game soundtrack.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

No es mi vibra pero está ok

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

This album reminds me of driving through the Oxfordshire countryside. Class.

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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

I like this more than the other electronic stuff we’ve had so far. It because it’s so simple and melodic.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

wish I could give it a 4.5; the only thing that knocks it down to 4 is the repetitiveness *which* I know is kind of Kraftwerk's thing. I do like Computer World a bit better too.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

Kraftwerk walked so Daft Punk could fly. This album is really good. Lack of singles is a lack of 5 stars, but regardless I love this.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

the first track sounds like stereotypical 80s music, which is impressive considering the album is from 1978 track 2 sounds like a movie soundtrack track 3's harmonic synth transition into a dance beat feels straight off the stranger things soundtrack the alternation between German and English vocals on tracks 4 and 5 especially the last track is chill. this album was ahead of its time in my ears.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Pretty funky

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

64. Dusseldorf are meine. Faltava-me estes esta gente maravilhosa, o meu grupo preferido. As lágrimas correm-me ppppela cara abaixo. Depois dos canos ao Mundusweit, do Faust, adorar este kraftrock. Hoje vi estes homens fabulosos. Isto é isto isto é uma lição ali para os DJs parolos de todo o mundo. Estes homens hoje TOCARAM. Hoje houve falhas. Ali o Ralph fantástico a cantar as canções. Estou enternecido. Le Tour de France... tiri tiriri eu embalei o meu filho, o António, ao som do Trans-Europa Express tiri tiriri tiriri. Isto é fantástico, isto é o futuro. E o chique deste Cascais nunca mais, nunca mais haverá sangue em Cascais mas haverá sim esta eletrónica. É uma noite perfeita, eu hoje... hoje só me falta dar-lhe um beijo de cada lado. Du mach bin ich bin ich bin eine Dusseldorfer. Isto era uma das minhas bandas preferidas desde sempre, desde miúdo. NUNCA hoje era hoje era nós uns e os outros, les uns et les autres, antes de morrer ver o Kraftwerk e eles são perfeitos na estética tá fantastica não é tá lindíssimo e realmente dá 10-0 à parolice dos DJs internacionais os homens TOCAM MESMO LÁ HOUVE FALHAS eu vi as válvulas tchiqchoot chucachoochoo é eletrónica e é humano e é fantástico eles são... Tinham uma coisa que era um bocadinho esquisita que era "Mais vale energia atómica que nenhuma energia", não mas hoje puseram ali um Chernobyl a dizer que a nossa energia é esta e é a SIC tão mais umas beijocas e COVINHAS MotA: Spacelab "We're charging our battery and now we're full of energy"

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

- Cohesive album, a little slow to dance to. - synths are so clean they could have been made yesterday. Timeless. - Will listen to again but needs a specific mood.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

para ser del 78 es una pasada los mejores the model y neon lights y the man machine melodias chulas sonido chulo minimalista no se hace repetitivo la segunda mitad del disco mola mas uso del vocoder

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Can definitely see the influence on a lot of modern music. Crazy it came out in 78. Not always a huge fan of the vocals though.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Great. Can see it's influence everywhere.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Really ahead of its time. You can see how contemporary artists were influenced by Kraftwerk just by listening.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

from the first second you can hear the typical kraftwerk sound for me its timeless

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

A little trippy but chill to listen to while working.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

Werks for me

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

Brilliant but wouldn’t listen to anything other than The Model again.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

It's a wonderful album start to finish

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

These guys are where it’s at. Pioneers of electronic music.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

We now know who Daft Punk learnt it off!

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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

The music is naive, and future is nothing like what they imagined, but still nice

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

Sounds like it was recorded last year. Awesome.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

gutted i didn't have to get on a train today as this is train music.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

Vibey

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

Considering the year it was released, these tunes have a modern accessibility. Very enjoyable, repetitions and all

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Sat Oct 30 2021
4

We are the Robots!

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

This album really surprised me. It's short, and I thought that Kraftwerk was a completely different type of music. I find this to be like a very downtempo Daft Punk sound.

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Sat Nov 06 2021
4

I couldn't name the title of any track by Kraftwerk, but I do like their music. This is my second Kraftwerk album to review on this list. The sounds that they were able to produce is interesting. I think that I can recognize when others are following Kraftwerk's style. "The Model" was my least favorite track, because of the vocals / spoken word. "Space Lab" and "Metropolis" were my favorite tracks. I'd probably listen to this album again (rounding up to 4 stars)

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Levy lähti räväkästi liikkeelle coverilla Eläkeläisesten Humppaavasta Porosta. Myöhemmin levyllä tuli vastaan vielä Cardigans-coverikin. Kaikkea ne saksalaiset keksiikin. Onhan tämä kyllä todella klassisen tyylikästä menoa, jossa ehdottomasti less is more. Kraftwerk-tuntemukseni on aiemmin perustunut yksittäisiin biiseihin (joista toki merkittävä osa löytyi tältä levyltä), mutta hyvinhän tämä potkii myös albumimuodossa. Neljän tähden arvoinen iloinen jälleennäkeminen.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Yllättävän hyvää kamaa ollakseen näinkin pioneerikamaa. Kestänyt aikaa, vaikkakin kuulostaa kyllä retromenolta. Neon Lights oli vähän pitkäveteinen, mutta muuten vangitseva levy. Ekaa biisiä kuunnellessa meni hetken aikaa ihmetellessä, että mistä tää sävel on niin tuttu, että onko jossain myöhemmin samplattu vai muuten vain lainattu. Pähkäilyn jälkeen vastaus löytyi: We are the Robots -> Minä olen poro!

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

This was better than I expected. I really like the synthy instruments.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

Way, way better than Trans-Europe Express, which came out only a year earlier. Some of these tracks were one pounding baseline away from a Deadmou5 hit.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

I enjoyed this one a lot - unique and true to itself. I can imagine how amazing it would have been when it was released in 1978, and still sounds fresh

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

big electronic fan, so hearing earlier stuff is fun, it's certainly more primitive but there's something kind of fun about that.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Fun

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Musical pioneers! For todays standards it's a tad minimalistic and bare bones electronic music but for the time it released it's insane. Still a fantastic album. Fav tracks: The Robots, Spacelab, Neon Lights

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

WE ARE THE ROBOTS. This album is all angles and geometry. Metropolis sounds way ahead of its time. Goddamn that specific song has been copy pasted to a wide variety of success about a billion times. The album as a whole is a great showcase of this sound and style. The influence it has on electronic music is hard to overstate.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Big fan of the sound of this one. Atmospheric and slightly dystopian. Bring on more Kraftwerk!

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

So influential, sounds like a score for a science fiction picture.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

Kraftwerk has got some great beats. Awesome ride.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

Not only groundbreaking sound, at the time, but also music that's still very good today.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

unexpected gem. Slightly dated, but still enjoy the sound.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

Original sparse synthwave. Maybe a little sparse but still hold up well against modern followers.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

4.0

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Great electronic album.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

kind of like a daft punk precursor?

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

This was weird, and I loved it. This music is very different from most things I have heard, and I really like it.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

gud

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

Had to switch to the german version during The Model, just because it's too weird to hear it in english; but a classic album either way, far ahead of its time.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Was fun to listen to, gets a bit repetitive though

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

I enjoyed it, got me going and lots of different sounds and that

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

A nice one! Better than I expected. This kind of genre is one that I appreciate but often have difficulty enjoying. However, the melodies here really worked for my ears.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YCOT5LasKc That fucking skit is all I can think about while I was listening to this one. I liked it though.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

I imagine this album would have been groundbreaking at the time with its use if synthesisers and drum machines. The music itself is pretty good too, you can hear the influences on the likes of Daft Punk

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

3.5

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Wasn't a big fan of this when I first heard it (I still think they peaked on the previous album) but I appreciate it more these days. Although, having heard it in German this time, I think it probably works better in English.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

Honestly? Better than the last Kraftwerk album and much better than expected. Reminded me a lot of modern video game music, specifically Risk of Rain (which has an AMAZING soundtrack you should definitely look up). At less than 40 minutes, it does not overstay its welcome. 4 stars!

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

Das hat mir sehr gut gefallen. schöne Techno-Hintergrundmusik. frühen Industrial, bevor es richtig heavy wurde. dies ist eine 3,5 und wird aufgerundet.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

Listened to Die Mensch-Maschine, I just like this album just that little better in the original German, especially Das Model. I grew up with this music, my dad put this in my casette player when I was just 3 years old. And I enjoyed it back then and still do. Classic

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Some interesting beats although much of it sounded like the soundtrack to automation videos

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

After Florian Schneider died a couple of years back I explored Kraftwerk's catalogue and a bit and became quite fond of them. They clearly influenced loads of artists (how did I not notice the Daft Punk resemblance until now?) but their particular retro-futuristic quirks still sound unique. This being their seventh album means it can't have been as revolutionary as the earlier stuff, but it's more refined, contains a few of their biggest hits, and still sounds way ahead of its time.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

This album transported me INTO the computer.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

True pioneers.

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Sat Mar 26 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: The robots, The model

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Synth-Pop, done 70's style. Having listened to plenty of synth-pop, techno, or other varieties of EDM from artists from the 90's onward, it's so interesting to reach back into the origins of this genre and hear the music that would clearly serve as a blueprint for so many artists to come. I'm not a big fan of synth or electronic-heavy music as a general rule, but this album has its own unique charm that's hard to deny. The minimalistic lyrics allow the band's highly experimental yet richly melodic compositions to take centre stage, and they're all worth a listen.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Legendary group, definitely as inspiring as The Beatles when you look at their influence on modern music, maybe even more so. Crazy to think this was taking place in the 70s. Normally these albums are only 3 stars for me, but the flawless production for the time and composition really deserves an extra star.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

oh, was this album COOL. this album is so influential and sounds nothing like was created before 1978! it's such an interesting listen, to hear what kraftwerk created with electronic music. more than that, including themes to create a concept album! fantastic. it was a great background listen because of all the instrumentals and minimal lyrics. but even when you pay attention to the songs (and aren't multi-tasking like i usually do!), it's fantastic. what an enjoyable listen. side note: the german version of "the model" ("das model") is far superior--check it out on the german version of their 2017 catalogue release. actually, it's great to listen to this album in german!

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Mi piace molto il sound molto sintetico, fantascientifico quasi. Un bel trip

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

So very Euro beats. Love the German robot voice just saying the song title occasionally in a few. Definitely impressive for the time it came out, and has since been really expanded on.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

- surprisingly emotional - not surprisingly catchy songs - i am probably voting for them more as an band (as influencers), not just for this one album, whch is btw very pleasant electro for me

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

Það er bjartara og léttara yfir þessari en Trans-Europa Express, og talsvert retró appeal. Helst síðasta (og titillagið) sem mér finnst bara la la.

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Tue May 03 2022
4

This is one that really grows on you. 4

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Fri May 06 2022
4

I enjoyed this. Really threw me back to junior high, when the band was just starting out. Inventive & fun. Added.

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Tue May 10 2022
4

So influential, masters of the '70s

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Wed May 18 2022
4

Some crazy sounds happening here. I really dig the different sounds between songs. Could definitely see myself listening again.

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Sat May 21 2022
4

5/19/2022 - ALBUM #112 Today's Album: "The Man-Machine" by Kraftwerk - Holy fuck this album is really great and so ahead of its time! Coming out near the tail end of the 70s, this album feels ahead of the game not only for it's new wave and synth-wave aesthetics that the 80s would be full of, but it honestly still holds up incredibly well for today's standards. It essentially plays sort of like a Daft Punk album, with a lot of looping synth lines with occasional vocals with a European accent. However this album really feels so much more organic than those pieces, with a lot of building synth chords that sound great together and almost feel like they're being played over and over instead of being looped. There are points on the record where the synths build really beautiful soundscapes that are almost psychedelic and there are others where it's very dance focused and beat-driven. The track The Model is the most popular on the track list, and although I think it's a really great pop tune, it feels pretty standard and uninteresting when compared to tracks like Spacelab and Neon Lights, the latter of which is mostly a really groovy instrumental synth passage after the main verses are out of the way. I really like the lyricism whenever it pops up and I really like how the vocals don't overstay their welcome (which is really nice considering the accent makes the vocals just seem a little bit off). The theme of man and machine becoming closer and closer together is really well laid out despite how few words are said and the aesthetic of the album lends itself well to this concept. The production feels top notch and it really lets the synths shine when they're layered over each other or playing off of each other in an interesting way. Overall, this album is absolutely stellar and it just amazes me to no end how ahead of it's time and advanced it was given it came out in 1978. Give this one a listen if you really like 80s synths, groovy beats, synth psychedelia like Pink Floyd and Alan Parson's Project, or simply just want to be amazed for 36 minutes. Highlights: The Robots, Spacelab, Metropolis, The Model, Neon Lights, The Man Machine Score: 8/10 Synth-wave perfected before it even began

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Fri May 27 2022
4

Kraftwerk c’esti vraiment trop bon. Tous les albums sur cette liste sans exception. 4.75

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Mon May 30 2022
4

Pretty cool...

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Mon May 30 2022
4

Awesome

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

Hard to believe how old this album is considering how many synthwave albums there are now. Great sound.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

Entiendo que puede ser una genialidad lograr esta música en 1978 pero no creo que sea para mi. Metropolis me gustó y Neon Lights excepto por lo larga. Las demás estuvieron soportables. Lo que debo reconocer es que bandas como Daft Punk, Capital Cities y un centenar más pueden encontrar raíces en este disco. Me gustó un 2.5, su importancia me parece que es de 4 o de 5. Merece un 4 a mi parecer aunque no sea de mi total agrado.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

Electronic synth-pop at its trippiest and most danceable. Is it man or is it machine? It's somewhere in the middle I guess.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
4

The Model is a mediocre song that drags this otherwise excellent album down a little bit. The krautrock era in Germany in the 70s was one of the high points for music in the 20th century, and Kraftwerk were one of the bands at the forefront. While I don't rank this album nearly as high as Autobahn, it's still absolutely fantastic.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

Kraftwerk kick ass, but my problem is that I never know how to talk about them. This is good, but that’s all I’ve got. B

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

Liked this more than Trans-Europe Express. I found it really interesting though I'm unsure if I'll ever return to Kraftwerk. As a piece of art ahead of its time it was definitely an experience, hence the high rating.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

To be honest, this is the last Kraftwerk album that I can get on with as a whole. I think it's a bit weaker than everything they have made before this. I guess Computer World (the album after this) may be the last "good Kraftwerk" but I haven't listened to it in forever. It overall feels like it's not saying much as an album, there's not really a new statement going on here.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

This is one of those albums that sounds okay on it's own, but whose real merit lies in its influence. You can here the synthpop sound clearly for the first time in this album. Artists like Gary Numan and the Human League were clearly listening to this. So much changed in electronic music after this album that it's hard to understate its important. It sounds good too 4/5

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