Kraftwerk - Computer World
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Kraftwerk's "Computer World" is often considered to be their last great album. The album may not receive as much critical acclaim or praise as the group's masterpiece, "Autobahn", but it is a classic in it's own right. The album caught Kraftwerk at a time when their approach to music was starting to be accepted by a mainstream audience. As far as comparisons go, "Computer World" is best compared to an earlier effort, "The Man Machine".
Musically, "Computer World" displays many things that Kraftwerk are known for. Beeping and very obviously electronic rhythms. Slightly scary synthesised melodies. Catchy bass lines. Electronic vocals. The album was very experimental for it's time, sounding like early Aphex Twin, only 10 years earlier. The sounds go from happy and catchy ones too eerie "robots are going to take over the world" ones at the drop of a hat. Lyrically, the band focus on technology that was readily accessible at the time, rather than futuristic scenes. The songs are for the most part, shorter rather than longer, which is a good thing, as some electronic albums can just be far too long.
Kraftwerk were are one of the most important artists in music and not only are they important, their music is excellent. While "Computer World" isn't the most complex or thought provoking album, it is an excellent piece of Electronica, especially for it's time. There is not one weak song and very few standout moments as the whole album is excellent. Though not as groudbreaking or influential as "Autobahn", this is nearly at the same level. A near perfect record.
Fun and catchy
The occasional eerie melody gives it some diversity
Brilliant and groundbreaking for it's time
Some listeners may find it too short
Some may get bored
It's More Fun To Compute
FINAL RATING: 4.5/5