Computerwelt [Computer World] (studio album) by Kraftwerk

Computerwelt [Computer World] by Kraftwerk
Year: 1981
Overall rank: 520th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 524 votes)
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Kraftwerk Computer World Compact Disc Early Press USA By WEA
Condition: Good

Kraftwerk Computer World CD Elektra 9 3549-2 Florian Schneider, Ralf Hutter
Condition: Like New

Kraftwerk Computer World Remastered CD w Sleeve Case
Condition: Like New

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Computerwelt [Computer World] is ranked 3rd best out of 19 albums by Kraftwerk on

The best album by Kraftwerk is Trans Europa Express which is ranked number 311 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 5,814.

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From 03/27/2024 18:06
Maybe this album was considered trailblazing at the time of its release, but for me listening to it now it just doesn't hold up I'm afraid when compared to modern music. Computer Love is great, but the rest of the album is terrible, sorry.
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From 09/13/2023 01:34
It’s ironic than this album is completely inspired by the artists Kraftwerk originally inspired. Go figure
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From 09/08/2022 20:08
This album is one of the most dated in their catalogue and sometimes (for example Pocket Calculator) I couldn't help but laugh, but this band is so great at synthesisers and creating futuristic sounding melodies that I still enjoy this album in large part.
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From 01/10/2022 14:00
Tough one to rate. On the one hand, the music is so dated but on the other hand, the band really grasped the coming social and personal problems that would emerge in the computer age.

On the other other hand, there’s a soothing and rhythmic lure to the music, on the other other other hand, Computer Love inspired a future Coldplay song, which can honestly never be forgiven.
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From 01/09/2022 09:23
This is an album that is so short and sweet and it is packed full of enjoyable moments that make it so easy to fall in love with. Tracks like Computer World and Computer Love are so catchy and have such an amazing rhythm that you feel like you are getting infected by them. Musically, it can sound a little dated at times with some of the synthesisers but that just adds to the charm of the record for me. Whilst it is dated now when it first released it must have been completely stunning and unique to hear. The vocal matches the sound perfectly as well which creates a brilliant techno feel. At times the record can feel a little repetitive with the same or similar beats being used quite a lot. Overall, an album that is hard not to enjoy and one that is a pleasure for me to play every time I do.
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From 03/28/2021 22:44
Oh dear. There are some nice moments but this sounds so dated. Very boring in places, and the vocoder vocals are so naff and the childish one-fingered synth melody lines get quite annoying. Sorry, but they had passed the torch on by this time and there so many better electronic albums in 1981 from the UK post-punk new wave creative explosion and from YMO. Only highlight is Home Computer which at least does some interesting stuff.
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From 07/16/2020 23:25
Inventive as always. Computer World is one of the best Kraftwerk has to offer.
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From 04/19/2020 17:03

Computer Liebe [Computer Love]
Computerwelt [Computer World]
Heimcomputer [Home Computer]
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From 03/09/2019 15:48
Favourite track: "Computer Love"
Least-liked track: "Computer World"
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