Kling Klang - STUMM304 - 180 Gram Vinyl - 5099996601914
Kraftwerk embrace the atomic age with mixed emotions. Surfing on sine waves, scanning the stratosphere for stray radio signals, they plug themselves into a buzzing grid of energy and communication. From the stately eco-angst anthem 'Radioactivity' to the synthetic Gregorian chants of 'Radio Stars' and the melancholy machine processional of 'Ohm Sweet Ohm', a sombre but engrossing monumentalism dominates.
With heavily processed vocals in both German and English, Kraftwerk go global with depth and majesty. If factories and power stations are the new cathedrals, they write liturgies for a new industrial epoch.
n 2009, Kraftwerk have upgraded their Kling Klang masters with the latest studio technology and these magnificent recordings still sound like nothing else in the history of music. Kraftwerk are unique, pristine, profound and beautiful.
Decades may pass, but their streamlined synthetic symphonies stand outside time, as fresh as tomorrow, transcendent and sublime.
Kraftwerk Radio-Activity Track Listing
1. Geiger Counter
7. The Voice of Energy
9. Radio Stars
12. Ohm Sweet Ohm