"THE MAN MACHINE"
THE ROBOTS - The album opener kicks off with a similar synth style that Thompson Twins would master a few years later. A quirky robotic (obviously) melody throughout with the occasional synth Funk elements. The chorus when it comes is basically "we are the robots" but it still sticks in your head!
SPACELAB - A track that has a futuristic Disco beat but the almost melancholic melody over the top and eerie sci fi segments make this unique. It is structured almost like a Pop ballad, its emotive in a weird kind of way. Classic Kraftwerk genius.
METROPOLIS - This starts off in almost cathedral likefashion before launching into a mid tempo Pop synth ballad mostly instrumental track. Maybe inspired by Fritz Lang's 1927 masterpiece movie "Metropolis".
THE MODEL - The track that was so far ahead of its time it became a massice hit and reached number 1 in the UK four years later. Unusually for Kraftwerk, a lot more lyrics than in most songs which became instrumentals. Such a brilliant song, my first Kraftwerk song was probably "Showroom Dummies" but this one is my favourite. Its melodies, memorable chorus and pulsing beat are fantastic.
NEON LIGHTS - Really nice, relaxing melody for half of this song, very laid back and emotive. Then the brilliant echoed funky synth Disco keyboards come in before ending with a mix of choral chants to the end. Cool.
THE MAN MACHINE - Ironicalls as it is the title track, this final song is the least accessible to a non-Kraftwerk audience. Its repetitive music and lyrics special effects just don't make it easy listening. For the synth and Kraftwerk officianados this would mean more. To a casual listener of much music like me it doesn't grab the senses.
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