Trans-Europe Express

Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express
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Based on 5 reviews
1977 Ratings: #11 / 92
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Based on 318 ratings
1977 Ratings: #11
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March 1, 1977 / Release Date
LP / Format
Kling Klang / Label
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From the highway that led to success, Kraftwerk had subsequently embarked on a somewhat hazy road with "Radio-Activity". Futuristic theme that contrasts with the following album: "Trans-Europe Express", a return to excellence for the Teutonic pope of electro. This is an opportunity for Kraftwerk to invite us once again to travel. This is an opportunity to glorify old and modern Europe. The only way out of this magnetic torpor is to dance to the syncopated and enjoyable ... read more
I really wanted to like this one, I REALLLLY DID. But goddamn, I can't stand those annoying synth loops. Listening to this only really succeeded in pissing me off, whitch sucks because it seems really cool, my ears just can't handle it.
This album is definitely Kraftwerk's biggest, boldest masterpiece. Not that the band doesn't have others, though. Either way, it is just fantastic to hear something that obviously was made in a far off past, and it shows (the synth sounds, the textures and the vocoder timbres all sound quite dated today), but also that also carry an unspeakable sense of direction and, above all, emotion. What makes Trans-Europe Express stand out in comparison with, say, The Man-Machine, is that pretty much ... read more

I usually love proggy riffs and synths, but on here, the ideas were so minimal that I never found myself enjoying the music. It just became part of the background of the moment, as it got very boring, very quickly. Although some grooves on here are a little nice, This album is endless, and not in a good way.

Color: Green
I mean, I get how influential this album must have been and it certainly has its fair share of likable traits. Repetition is fine in music as long as it’s executed properly. But sometimes, this album becomes overly redundant in sound and fails to grasp my attention all the way.
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Track List

  1. Europe Endless
  2. The Hall of Mirrors
  3. Showroom Dummies
  4. Trans-Europe Express
  5. Metal on Metal
  6. Franz Schubert
  7. Endless Endless
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Added on: February 20, 2013