On First Listen

By: Brad Shoup

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Posted 03/13/2006 - 12:01:44 PM by pabanks46:
 I think Radio-Activity is a good choice, but I feel The Man Machine is so great, and Trans Europe Express is so important, it would seem strange to buy Computer World ahead of them, or in lieu of them. You have a few tracks off of each, but I think the full feel of the albums, particularly The Man Machine would make you much more enthusiastic.
Posted 03/13/2006 - 12:13:57 PM by cosmokane31:
 I agree with pabanks46 - No \"The Robots\"??? No \"Metropolis\"??? The \"Man-Machine\" album is absolutely perfect.
Posted 03/13/2006 - 07:07:18 PM by electronicat:
 Radio-Activity is kind of the red-headed stepchild of Kraftwerk albums...it never seems to get the attention it deserves, but I absolutely love it. It seems more cohesive, more subdued than the others (IMO). Start with that one, Trans Europe Express, and Man-Machine and you\'ll be set.
Posted 03/13/2006 - 08:47:51 PM by The-Disexists:
 Kraftwerk were syncrostically weineboten throughout the 70s eschewing the ragged capriciousness of Can in order to rejuvenate an obsequious sterility that had permeated ideology in experimental music. And it astounds me how well that has translated across these past thirty years; their stuttered multi-lingual lingua franca of anti-fashion. Art is a reflection of the future; Kraftwerk as the mechanical surgeons constructing Doraemon in 21st century Japan; Kraftwerk as the scalpels incising the heart of post-Pol Pot Cambodia; Kraftwerk as goofy Devo adulatory teenagers self-circumsing their man-as-machine mottoism. And here Brad Shoup cleverly adjuncts the grittiness of the German language to his faux-passive stance against his own reflectory pre-knowledge of how such art should be counter-viewed. I like it, though I wish for a more simultaneous dialogue; your tonal phrasing, while being a `raggedly capricious` response-in-kind, has elements of syntactic disquietude that misappropriates some examples of antiquated cobolistics as perhaps quaint, when (as I have previously mentioned) the terms were presentiment in the first place. Enjoyment of a band however is always a little more surreptitiously placed in one`s priorities though isn`t it?
Posted 03/17/2006 - 10:03:26 AM by boilingboy:
 \"...elements of syntactic disquietude that misapproriates some examples of antiquated cobolistics\".