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A change of direction that disappoints
on 27 June 2001
If you've never heard Kraftwerk before, then this might be a good starting point. If you've listened to, and enjoyed, 'Kraftwerk 1', 'Kraftwerk 2' and 'Ralf und Florian', then I'd skip it.
Early experimentation that featured on their first three albums is sacrificed for uniformity - and the album comes across as an extended single chopped in to six parts. Ok, like one track and you'll like it all, but choosing highlights is tricky. Listen through the earlier albums and, at the end of each track, you're never sure what to expect next, but there are no such surprises in 'The Man Machine'. Hummable.....sure, but is that what Ralf and Florian set out to achieve in 1970 ? I suggest a trawl through their earlier work, and that of some of their German contemporaries, and you'll find the spirit of experimentation that has sadly been passed over for the consistency and marketability of 'The Man Machine'.