Trans-Europa Express (studio album) by Kraftwerk
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Trans-Europa Express is ranked as the best album by Kraftwerk.
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 82.8/100, a mean average of 81.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.0.
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One of those albums I wish I had the chance to listen to them when they came out, I'm sure it would have been huge.
I was expecting this to be a lot weirder than it was after hearing Autobahn.
this should be the first Kraftwerk album you listen too.if you get this,you will love Kraftwerk.
This album is a journey, excellent album
all the mysticism and dark power this contains is awesome
Please dont rate this if you only listen to arctic monkeys or something like that
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 rhythm of "Trans-Europe Express". A glossy electro-funk album that allowed Afrika Bambaataa a few years later to sign a hit with "Planet Rock" (Kraftwerk being a source of vintage samples for hip-hop). One day, when the world will be less solemn but more funky, we will replace the 9th symphony of Beethoven by "Trans-Europe Express". More successful than "Autobahn," less pop than "The Man-Machine", "Trans-Europe Express" is an absolute futuristic classic. A certain idea of perfection.
Best track: "Trans-Europe Express"
Favourite track: "Europe Endless"
Least-liked track: "Showroom Dummies"
This album sounds very convincing. The experiments that helped to define the avant-garde character of the previous albums were exchanged for clear sounds and strong melodies. TEE is very varied thematically but in terms of sound it is particularly consistent. The Custom drum pads, the Synthanorma Sequenzer and in particular the Vako Orchestron (had to offer a commercial answer to the Mellotron, but failed to do so) are carefully used. Traveling by train is a true pleasure and Europe as a whole is a top destination. Some songs seem harmless ("Les Mannequins" sounds better than the German or English version) but have a sharp edge. The main musical theme of TEE continues to charm and Metal on Metal, which is actually part of the first track, is an industrial symphony that paves the way for countless other composers. It is here that the Musique concrète emerges from its original form like a metal butterfly to make the amazing though simple (rhythmically) percussion hits the listener in the face. "Hall of Mirrors" bathes in the atmosphere of Oscar Wildes "Portrait of Dorian Gray" and has a kind of darkness in terms of lyrics that you would not expect from die mensch maschine. I often catch myself saying that my relationship with Kraftwerk is a bit of a love-hate relationship. Sometimes minimalism in the graphic components and music comes dangerously close to kitsch and sometimes it seems that we are listening to a charming but long-dated and old-fashioned futurism. That of course has to do with the strange relationship that Kraftwerk has always had with its very loyal audience. The group communicated extremely minimally and together with the sometimes thin and unheard sounds, a unique image with hypnotic power was created. I understand very well why David Bowie was drawn to Kraftwerk at the time. Bowie was able to estimate the merits of die mensch maschine like no other.
I have a short attention span for songs that go around in circles w out saying anything new. Conceptually and sonically interesting at least
A very good record, but frankly it's quite baffling that this is their best rated. I have a hunch: i think it appeals more to the prog-rock fans (which have a rlly big influence on this site tbh) since "trans-europa express" is basically prog synth haha , unlike the superior synthpop masterworks "the man-machine" and "computer world". and that's... fine, I'm glad a kraftwerk album has made the top 300 and it is a seamless record, but really fails to excite me the way all their other albums from '74 to '81 do.
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