Kraftwerk - The Man-Machine (1978)

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Kraftwerk - The Man-Machine (1978)

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01 - The Robots
02 - Spacelab
03 - Metropolis
04 - The Model
05 - Neon Lights
06 - The Man-Machine

Ralf Hütter – voice, vocoder, synthesizer, keyboards, orchestron,
 synthanorma sequenzer, electronics, cover (i.e. art direction)
Florian Schneider – vocoder, votrax, synthesizer, electronics,
 Prophet 5 , Prophet 10, Yamaha CS-80, minimoog in "The Robots"
Karl Bartos – electronic drums
Wolfgang Flür – electronic drums


The Man-Machine is closer to the sound and style that would define early new wave electro-pop -- less minimalistic in its arrangements and more complex and danceable in its underlying rhythms. Like its predecessor, Trans-Europe Express, there is the feel of a divided concept album, with some songs devoted to science fiction-esque links between humans and technology, often with electronically processed vocals ("The Robots," "Spacelab," and the title track); others take the glamour of urbanization as their subject ("Neon Lights" and "Metropolis"). Plus, there's "The Model," a character sketch that falls under the latter category but takes a more cynical view of the title character's glamorous lifestyle. More pop-oriented than any of their previous work, the sound of The Man-Machine -- in particular among Kraftwerk's oeuvre -- had a tremendous impact on the cold, robotic synth pop of artists like Gary Numan, as well as Britain's later new romantic movement. --- Steve Huey,

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