Kraftwerk – The Man Machine (1978)

AllMusic Review: The Man-Machine is closer to the sound and style that would define early new wave electro-pop — less minimalistic in its arrangements and more complex and danceable in its underlying rhythms. Like its predecessor, Trans-Europe Express, there is the feel of a divided concept album, with some songs devoted to science fiction-esque links between humans and technology, often with electronically processed vocals (“The Robots,” “Spacelab,” and the title track); others take the glamour of urbanization as their subject (“Neon Lights” and “Metropolis”). Plus, there’s “The Model,” a character sketch that falls under the latter category but takes a more cynical view of the title character’s glamorous lifestyle. More pop-oriented than any of their previous work, the sound of The Man-Machine — in particular among Kraftwerk’s oeuvre — had a tremendous impact on the cold, robotic synth pop of artists like Gary Numan, as well as Britain’s later new romantic movement. — Steve Huey

Track Listing:

Side one
No. Title Music Length
1. “The Robots” (“Die Roboter”)
  • Hütter
  • Florian Schneider
  • Karl Bartos
6:10
2. “Spacelab”
  • Hütter
  • Bartos
5:50
3. “Metropolis”
  • Hütter
  • Schneider
  • Bartos
6:01
Side two
No. Title Music Length
4. “The Model” (“Das Modell”)
  • Hütter
  • Bartos
3:38
5. “Neon Lights” (“Neonlicht”)
  • Hütter
  • Schneider
  • Bartos
9:03
6. “The Man-Machine” (“Die Mensch-Maschine”)
  • Hütter
  • Bartos
5:28

 

Schill Score: 9.5/10

 

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