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M. R. Holman (Chislehurst, Kent, England)

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Unknown Pleasures
Unknown Pleasures
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential album for troubled individuals, 22 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Unknown Pleasures (Audio CD)
Along with some other angst-ridden albums I could name:

The The - Soul Mining

Joy Division - Closer

The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow

...and so on, Unknown Pleasures remains a deep and disturbing album, that is as far-removed from background muzac as you could get this side of Metallica. If you are already feeling slightly depressed (preferably manically), and / or angry, or have violent tendencies, Unknown Pleasures will enhance your mood to the extent of your wallowing in self pity, torturing small animals, or strapping on your size ten steelies and looking for some mindless thugs to accost. All good, clean fun. Best appreciated in a darkened room after slightly too much to drink.


Computer World
Computer World

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Digital Dexterity, 22 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Computer World (Audio CD)
Computer World / Welt is the best Kraftwerk album in my view. It's ideally listened to on a top quality hi-fi, as there is so much going on. Despite comments concerning the simplicity of the production, which in some ways is true, there are hidden depths to this album, and if you hear it at high volume on a pair of high-end Senheiser headphones, you will be astounded by how much is really going on. Every time I listen to it, I hear something new. My favourite Kraftwerk track of all time is 'Home Computer', which I even have as my home phone's ring tone. The stark coldness of the piece collides head on with the increasingly manic percussion and the crescendo of bleeps and whirrs. The seamless way 'Home Computer' morphs into 'It's more fun to compute' is also amazing. The whole album was (is?) an insight into the future, not just musically, but predicts (or indeed, warns of) the now prevalent reliance we all have on computers in our everyday lives. The album still sounds fascinatingly fresh, and has been a constant source of inspiration for thousands over the last three decades.


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