I always knew this record as Electric Cafe but the whimsical and idiosyncratic bods at Kraftwerk HQ decided it was better known as Techno Pop so there you have it. Perhaps the alteration is due to the bad reputation the record had on release - it lacked some of the playfulness and zest of earlier releases. But as with many albums time has been kinder and this understated album is worth its place in their stellar back catalogue.
Vinyl Double LP £24.49 5099996605011
2LP on Parlophone.
CD £13.49 CDSTUMM 308
2009 Digital remaster CD on Mute.
8/10 Gregor Omelasz 4th February 2017
I used to hate this record when I was younger, but I reckon I just had a stick up my arse back then.
This album gets a bad rap for being the follow-up to Computer World which took 5 years to surface. Whilst it doesn't reach the magical heights of that record, or indeed most of Kraftwerk's output, it's still a great listen. It's certainly a colder record in the sense that it doesn't feel like it ties together as well as previous efforts or 2003's Tour De France Soundtracks. But it's possibly what I enjoy about it the most, and what makes it somewhat of an anomaly to the Kraftwerk catalogue.
I've heard a lot of bad records in my lifetime, this honestly isn't one of them, take the tinted glasses off, and enjoy it.
Electric Café is a killer track.
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