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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
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  • ASIN: B0000APYO2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By LondonDave on 16 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Well, this album is a real surprise. It's bouncy, tuneful, full of melodies and bright breezy electro-pop. It's great. Yet it makes me slightly sad because this is how Kraftwerk should still sound - yet the last Kraftwerk release "Tour De France" is plain dull and boring. (Karl left Kraftwerk in the early 90s, getting fed up with the lack of output and slow work rate.)
Best tracks on here are "The Camera", "15 minutes of Fame" and "Life". It sounds like a proper Kraftwerk album! The familiar Kraftwerk electronic sounds and noises that we all love are all here.
The only faults are the tendency to sound a little too much like Depeche Mode at times and that, only slightly, irritating robotic voice.
But overall a great CD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Coincidence Vs Fate TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Nov. 2005
Format: Audio CD
OK, so as some other reviewers have pointed out, this album does suffer a little from the "I've got a vocoder and I'm gonna use it" syndrome, but don't let that put you off.
What Karl has given us here is a superb album, with ten slices of pure electronic bliss. The instrumentation on this album is absolutely amazing, particularly when you whack that volume dial up to max!
There were three singles altogether from this album. "The Camera" is probably my favourite and features the aforementioned vocoder to great effect. Again, the vocoder is used exclusively on "I'm The Message". The last of the trio of singles is "15 Minutes Of Fame" which was actually released as a single three years before the album came out. I know why Karl chose to put on the album though as it's a fantastic catchy piece of synthpop. How this wasn't a hit is anyone's guess.
Other highlights are the highly contagious "Life" which would have made a great fourth single, it's probably the most catchy track on the whole album and is very New Orderish in style.
Curiously this album was released around the same time as Kraftwerk's "TDF: Soundtracks" and for my money, "Communication" is the superior piece of work.
It's now been 15 years since Karl jumped ship from Kraftwerk and while his star has risen, his old bandmates' has fallen somewhat. While the musical world has now caught up (and in some cases surpassed) with Kraftwerk, Karl still forges a path of his own.
I think it's now clear to see that Karl was a major force within the band and since his departure it's plain that they have missed his songwriting input. Pluck a CD out from your Kraftwerk collection and just look at his song writing credits.
The guy's a genius and deserves his place in musical history.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By richard pardey on 20 April 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I wasn't expecting this cd to live up to Kraftwerk's music but I was pleasently surprised! The opening track camera is top notch and yes this cd does sound like Kraftwerk but slightly more uptempo. I Especially like the voice coder - very robotic! overall an essential purchase if you like Kraftwerk. You can see here how much this artist contributed to Kraftwerk's sound!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
The long neglected, and unrecognised genius who sat quietly within Kraftwerk and helped create some of their best songs, strikes out with his first solo album in his own right.

Popular opinion will tell you Kraftwerk were Ralf and Florian, and two other blokes. In terms of numbers, this is absolutely correct. But Karl Bartos was as much a member of Kraftwerk as they were : co-writer of every song on 1981's classic "Computer World", vocalist, and programmer / producer, he was an integral part of Kraftwerk as anyone else. To those of us in the know, he's the Techno equivalent of John Lennon.

But this is his first solo album in it's own right. And my god, it's good. Stylistically, it's a Kraftwerk album : simplistic, but never simple, sparse progressions, original and intriguing rhythms, inventive use of sounds, and some wonderful, infectious melodies. Classic sounds burst forth from Moogs, mellotrons, and other things that sound like they were invented by aliens, and make this album an experience in retro dance futurism that is effortlessly in vogue with - and far superior to - the faux-retro futurism of the Electroclash scene.

"Communciation" : like his previous album "Esperanto" and Kraftwerk's records, stands on the central concept or theme. For this album, Bartos deconstructs the nature of fame and the media as a statement on the cult of personality and celebrity in an elegant and simple style. One track (the pulsating "Ultraviolet") endlessly recycles the work of Bret Easton Ellis to exploit simple phrases that have now entered the popular lexicon, revealing the meaningful to be as meaningless as anything it seeks to replace.

Musically the album is certainly a superior, and probably obscure, addition to the genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By james havers on 27 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit I only bought this CD today so the opinions given might be a little premature! On first listen, the quality electronic music is spoilt by the overbearing vocoders - which sound just a bit too harsh for my ears...I think the vocal on Kraftwerk's TDF Soundtracks was definitely superior. However, 'Communication' does contain a few tracks with unenhanced vocal which I think could have been used to greater effect elsewhere on the album!
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