Copyright © 1978 EMI (Capitol)
1. The Robots
4. The Model
5. Neon Lights
6. The Man-Machine
Simple monotonous beats follow an equal counterpart in melodic percussion,
and thereby form a basic rhythmic ground for the music to stand on. On top
of this computerized battery, simple but surprisingly profound melodies of
treble clearness, pave way for an overall homogenized listening experience.
While holding the basic beat to its own extreme end, rarely deconstructing
itself into a space for interludes where a humorously concluding melodic act
can take pace, a sense of atmosphere and artistic brilliance in the
ambiental mood, play itself to the absolute highest point. All basic ideas
are played out according to its own main theme, which deals with social
constructions such as shallowness, industrialized monotony and a need for
playfully explorations beyond its basic stand.
The musical height in this album stems for its way of using simple ideas
presented in a larger perspective, which gives the listener both abstract
and experience-based reflections upon each concluding theme. An absolute
neoclassical feeling permeates the entire work, mainly caused by the
semi-epic melodic structures. The delicate insight in both music and theme
is always following each song; the ironic humour and almost over the top
metaphoric presentation, confirms this idea.
While many artists have tried the same musical outlook as Kraftwerk, most of
them have failed completely. The genius found within these musicians, reach
its climax when a lengthy song manage to retain its almost silly simplicity,
yet creating melodic complexity on top of that, and thereby never relapsing
into boredom or musical overindulgence. "Man-Machine" is therefore an
artistic way of growing aware and separating itself from the dangers it is
trying to present, by paradoxically using its targets as base for its own
musical success; an ironic take on the modern society and its different
means of mechanizing the things that make us human.