Technodelic (studio album) by Yellow Magic Orchestra

Technodelic by Yellow Magic Orchestra
Year: 1981
Overall rank: 5,044th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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75/100 (from 54 votes)
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Technodelic (Collector's Vinyl Edition) by Yellow Magic Orchestra (Record, 2019)
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Technodelic is ranked 2nd best out of 10 albums by Yellow Magic Orchestra on

The best album by Yellow Magic Orchestra is Solid State Survivor which is ranked number 2626 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 592.

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From 02/06/2024 17:17
I moved to Tokyo in the early 80s, and a Japanese friend tried to turn me on to YMO. It should be exactly the kind of thing I like, but from that time to this, I've never been able to connect with their music. There are lots of interesting ideas and good playing, but for me, the whole is less than the sum of the parts. Part of it is the silly and almost ugly recitative vocals; like Kraftwerk's Computer World from the same year, I think this would be a lot better without the vocals. Not sure exactly what else it is, but this album and band is one of those I keep trying unsuccessfully to like.
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From 03/29/2021 00:47
I can't believe this album is 40 years old, it still sounds so fresh. So many great sounds and musical ideas. Highlight for me is the hypnotic Light In Darkness but it all sounds good.
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From 01/24/2019 19:14
Very good listen. Synth pop in the same vein as Kraftwerk, but I think I like this more. A few more listens and it may find its way onto my chart.
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From 09/25/2009 14:31
YMO at their best! Progressive, etnic, spiced with some humor.
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2. Computerwelt [Computer World] by Kraftwerk
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