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Add item to your basket to see shipping quote. Go to Kraftwerk. Comes from Germany. Autobahn 2. Kometenmelodie 1 3. Kometenmelodie 2 4. Mitternacht 5. Radioland 4. Sendepause 6. Nachrichten 7. It is perhaps odd that sometimes such a structure should work, other times it does not.
The following "Radioland" is a case in point. It is simply dull and lifeless with even the special electronic effects failing to spark life into what is essentially an electronic dirge. Things get back on track with the more upbeat, slightly pop "Airwaves", where the floating synth and decidedly more melodic in relative terms!
The song is driven on by a pulsating electronic rhythm very much in the Tangerine Dream mould. Side one concludes with a couple of brief noise tracks which appear to be nothing other than filler. Side two is notably the more impenetrable, consisting of several more filler tracks, and a couple of more orthodox but less melodic pieces. To their credit, Krafwerk remind us that they do have a sense of humour with the final track title "Ohm Sweet Ohm".
The music itself is as unfunny as a car crash, but it does build nicely from a simple repetition of the title to a Farfasia organ like recital.
Unfortunately the track fades just as it is becoming interesting. While Kraftwerk deliver competent electronic music, it does not have nearly the same level of accessibility as that of their peers such as Jarre and the Tangs. For me, there is an inherent laziness in both the compositions and the performances, which detracts from the overall appeal of Krafkwerk's albums. I am unfortunately old enough to be a contemporary of this recording, and to be fully honest it was the first work from ''Kraftwerk'' I was in contact with.
I dug into their previous repertoire after this one, but only up to ''Autobahn''. It is only ages later later that I discovered their experimental early albums, of which I am not a great and devoted fan. I would not consider the fact of discussing if the German or English version is best; I will only tell that I have never been able to digest German lyrics ''Grobschnitt'', ''Novalis'' but that the ones from ''Kraftwerk'' were probably the most bearable.
In one word, this is a fine electronic album. But definitely significant and precursory of the cold wave which would raise several years later. It is also obvious that such music was a deep source of inspiration for dear David in one of his masterpiece ''Low''.
When I listen now to ''Antenna'' and ''Radio Stars'', there is no question about who influenced the weird band ''Suicide'' and their extremely dark and terrifying just listen once to ''Frankie Teardrop'' if you ever have the occasion debut album released two years later. I witnessed them live as an opening act for. Elvis Costello in '78 and it was quite an adventure.
This was a legendary live show that ended with the band being booed off the stage and the police heavily knocked down fans after the very short, but brilliant, set of an angry Costello forty-five minutes, no encore. The riot was prolonged outside the concert hall Ancienne Belgique.
A great souvenir, for sure! When one listens to the full album and not only to the title track , one has to admit that this work is far from being a commercial record. Minimalism and avant-garde are still very much present in this work ''Radio Stars''. Therefore, while the title track was aired extensively, the remaining songs of the albums were confined to a strong silence on the air waves. Needless to say that I just love the title track of course.
I would say that this album has more a pioneering flavour than really a powerful feeling of a great musical moment. As such, three stars seem to be an equitable reward to this influential release. But you could easily add one, or even two stars depending on how essential you consider this album for the huge influence it will have on the future development of electronic music.
There are some absolutely endearing moments featuring simple memorable synth themes and catchy electronic beats the title track is the best example of this but there are also sections and tracks that just go on and on and on with little to no changes.
Personally my attention wanders when Kraftwerk move into their more experimental territories. Overall this is a very well produced, innovative and for me personally partially enjoyable album that deserves a 2. The title track is the best track here. After a short salute to Pink Floyd's Astronomy Domine, Kraftwerk veers off into completely unexplored territories.
Of course there was Tangerine Dream that had also used sequencers in the previous year, but they hardly inserted any melody in to their albumside long synth-drones yet, while Kraftwerk just needed 20 seconds to get to the point: a dead-catchy main theme that they just put on repeat for almost the entire length of the song.
You couldn't get less prog then that. The remainder of the tracks hasn't got much of an effect on me, except for Antenna. Though it must be said that the sequence of Antenna is almost exactly the same as Autobahn. Let's call it a first remix of own material. Well, even that was revolutionary back then. The title-track Radio-activity is an amazing achievement for its time and I still consider it to be the best version of the track up to the present day. I also enjoy the whole loose-concept that this album offers but honestly it doesn't work all the way through because the band is still developing their sound and therefore don't feel certain nor comfortable with their work.
That could probably explain the countless remixes that the track Radio-activity has undergone throughout the years. It might not be the best album of their career but it's definitely worth checking out just for the title-track alone! After the successful Autobahn which contained a long conceptual and distinctly progressive composition, came this much more experimental album. Paradoxically perhaps, this was also the birth of Synth Pop; if the majority of this album is truly "radio- active", a couple of songs are instead radio- friendly!
While tracks like Antenna, Airwaves and the title track are rather pleasant proto- Synth Pop tunes, much of the rest of the album is a sonic disaster on a par with Chernobyl! Kraftwerk experiments here with lots of different noises including assorted blips and beeps, some of which are distinctly Morse-code and others that sound like different alarms and warning signals.
As this was released a couple of years before the first Star Wars movie, it is quite probable that George Lucas was inspired by this album when he created the sounds of R2D2 and other Star Wars sounds. The album begins with a short track called Geiger Counter which is wholly based on the sound of a - surprise! A Geiger Counter is a device used to detect whether objects emit nuclear radiation. Initially, this album seems to be radiation free, but before this opening track segues into the album's title track, the device indicates heavy radiation as if the group wanted to issue a warning to the listener!
The title track then begins with a Morse- signal, presumably another nuclear warning, this time a decoded one! This track is, however, a very good one and a Kraftwerk classic so you might wonder what the warning was about really. But there is reason for all the warning signals, believe me. And often that reason is the warning signals themselves! Radioland is a slow number based on the sounds of radios being tuned in and out of different frequencies.
A surprisingly listenable tune actually! After some more R2D2 noises, we can witness the inception of Synth Pop in Airwaves, another surprisingly listenable and catchy little tune. This song is a predecessor to future songs like The Model. This first portion of the album is actually quite interesting, but by the time you arrive at Intermission it is downhill from there.
Intermission is News is Die Stimme Der Energie or The Voice Of Energy as the English version has it , is a spoken word piece done with a robotic voice telling us, among other things, that it is a giant electrical generator and that it is both our servant and lord.
Another catchy Synth Pop tune follows in Antenna before the album starts to become seriously headache-inducing! If you for some reason would want to go completely insane, put Radio Stars on repeat and it will take about two or maximum three plays until you achieve your bizarre goal! As if this was not enough the atonal repetitive electronic mantra continues into the next track, though it is soon replaced with another robotic spoken word passage this time incomprehensible over a wall of unpleasant noise!
One good song and some other decent to half-decent bits, but overall a complete nuclear disaster!
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