7 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

By 1981's Computer World, Kraftwerk's quest to become one with their machines was pretty much complete. The vocals are suffused in eerie electronic processing, as though cyborgs had grabbed the mic; the zapping rhythms sound less like drums than bursts of pure electricity. So much pop music can be traced back to their digital Big Bang: They gave electro its syncopated beats, and "Numbers" was sampled on Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock" and scores of other songs. The band's gentle melodies, meanwhile, make their future-past a remarkably reassuring place to visit.

EDITORS’ NOTES

By 1981's Computer World, Kraftwerk's quest to become one with their machines was pretty much complete. The vocals are suffused in eerie electronic processing, as though cyborgs had grabbed the mic; the zapping rhythms sound less like drums than bursts of pure electricity. So much pop music can be traced back to their digital Big Bang: They gave electro its syncopated beats, and "Numbers" was sampled on Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock" and scores of other songs. The band's gentle melodies, meanwhile, make their future-past a remarkably reassuring place to visit.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

hammerbill ,

Some of the most unique music of its time. Still great dance beat.

If it was the 80's you might think this was weird stuff. Today you would not get a second look. Being in Silicon Valley at the time, I noticed this album somehow took root among computer nerds with a geeky sense of humor. It took a few listens but I eventually got into Kraftwerk-I guess just like a job as an electrical engineer some music requires a bit of study to appreciate.

DooDooStick ,

The Best

This is ground zero for greatness.

DJ Bejay ,

компьютер любовь

Ich liebe dich Kraftwerk. Ja wohl

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