- Vinyl (25 Aug 2003)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B0000A55GT
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 484,263 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Having inspired house, trance and techno, it seems fair that Kraftwerk should borrow something in return. Commencing with three segueing versions of the title track, Soundtracks opens with a fine 15-minute dose of tranquil minimalist trance before seamlessly gliding through various sonic soundscapes with a metronome-like rhythm. Mellifluous keyboard lines evoke the sense of motion while melodies weave and swirl. "Elektro Kardiogramm" goes as far as containing heartbeat and breathing effects while "Vitamin", the album's peak, could be described as the Pyrenean stage with its deep grooves and dizzying synth hooks. The sound of groundbreakers building bridges, Tour De France Soundtracks may not prove as hugely influential as Kraftwerk's early music, but it is nevertheless a winning return. --Christopher Barrett
So why not only one star, then? Well, even though it's rather soul-less and empty running it still gets my feet tapping. And tapping rapidly, that is. Maybe it falls into place during a spinning work-out session or in headphones while longdistance bicycling.
But let's face it - Kraftwerk has gone nothing but downhill since 1978.
p.s. I'm well aware of and appreciate their unchallanged impact on todays music, so don't get all worked up about that. But today it is hardly impossible to be as outstanding pioneers as they once where. And you can't get away with crap just because your a legend.
p.p.s. It's noticeable that the two new guys, former Kling Klang auditechnicians Fritz Hilpert and Henning Schmitz, both get songwriting credits.