This is Kraftwerk’s fourth album, though it’s treated by the band as their year zero, and not entirely without justification. Though retaining “real” instruments like flute, piano, guitar and violin, this marks the start of Kraftwerk as a focused, conceptually defined, electronic entity. The side-long, Beach Boys-inspired title track and the mix of ambient soundscapes and melodic pieces on side two all share an airy, utopian feel. This is the digital remaster on vinyl.
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9/10 gbar Customer review, 12th April 2017
I think Autobahn was the last album in which Kraftwerk sounded...human (Not that going 'robotic' on future releases was a bad thing). I suppose that as well as their trademark electronics, Autobahn also had live instruments as well, like the flute, guitar and piano. There is also an sense of emotion to be found here, especially in the 23-minute title track that actually gives you the feeling of actually moving along a long, smooth highway which seems to have no beginning or end and always looks and feels the same, but at the same time there is constant change throughout the journey. Somehow the rest of the album adds to that feeling, with varied moods (‘Mitternacht’ for example, probably represents getting lost on a deserted highway at night). This isn't so much a simple album by Kraftwerk, more of a trip through one's world within, and the journey throughout makes you forget that you're actually listening to music.
10/10 Gregor Omelasz Customer review, 4th February 2017
Wir fahr'n fahr'n fahr'n auf der Autobahn! Fahr'n fahr'n fahr'n auf der Autobahn!
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