I am really sorry to 'slag off' an iconic band like Kraftwerk but while I love a lot of their albums and have bought my fair share of their stuff in my time I have to say that the groups early recordings are abysmal with a capital A. I guess pioneering new things always has to start somewhere and to pioneer at all you have to be inventive, push the boundaries and steer clear from the norm but at the end of the day to release an album of experimentation without the hint of a song, a melody, or any vocals throughout is pushing things too far.
I can fully understand why the band did not want these early albums re-released and the most important thing I can do here is warn those of you looking at this because you love a lot of the bands later, more popular work to GET A LISTEN TO THIS BEFORE YOU BUY IT. Think, atmospherics, radio interference, electric frequencies, reverb, feedback, silence, noise, abstract sounds and minimalism taken to the point of farce and you have 'Kraftwerk 2'. There is nothing remotely like a song on this record and no vocals. The 'tracks' (because that is all you can call them) have very minimal instrumentation and what instrumentation they do have revolves around a simple riff replayed over and over both in tune and out.
The one good thing I can say about this album is that listening to it does help you to understand how and why it was these guys that went on, by adopting the synth into their soundscapes, to become the musical icons the are today (rightly so). To gain such an insight, however, you will need to suffer this excruciating mess for about 40 minutes and so if I was you I'd take my word for it!
Look, I love Kraftwerk and marvel at what they later achieved just like everyone else but this and 'Kraftwerk' are the nearest thing to musical hell I have ever come across.
0 out of ten for the 'music' (allegedly), 1 out of ten for the history lesson.