KRAFTWERK - THE ALBUMS 1975 -1978



 "AUTOBAHN"

1975

AUTOBAHN - The debut single from this album that reached number 11 in the UK chart and is also the title track.  At over 22 minutes long this epic song takes more than half of the album's entire length.  It kicks off with an engine starting, merging into a quirky and easy going Pop Synth intro.  At the 9 minute mark it hits a sc-fi styled Electronica with vocoded effects.  It ends with a nice, melancholic, atmospheric vibe.

KOMETENMELODIE 1 - This is an eerie sounding track with lots of whirrs and whistles and with a very dark tone.  Reminding me of the scary sci-fi TV programmes growing up! I think this translates as Comet Melody.

KOMETENMELODIE 2 - The slight intro is similar to the previous track but a bright and breezy Synth Pop sound is added to give it a real uplifting ambience.  

MITTERNACHT - I believe this translates to "Midnight", German viewers please accept my apologies if my translations are off! A very dark and moody track that could be the backing of a horror movie scene.  In headphones this sounds extremely scary!

MORGENSPAZIERGANG - Translating to "Morning Walk" (I think) this is a beautiful, lush track.  The gentle soothing backing intertwines with flute sounds to create an atmosphere of bird song.  Really relaxing and nice.




"THE MAN MACHINE"

1978


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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