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2003 Tour De France

3.6 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 9 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000A5BXT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,949 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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With Kraftwerk now rumoured to be far more fascinated by bicycles than keyboards, it's perhaps not surprising that Tour De France Soundtracks is the group's first album for 12 years. Continuing to explore the theme of movement, men and machines that spawned the marvellous Autobahn, Trans-Europe Express and 1983's landmark single "Tour De France", Soundtracks is basically an expanded version of the latter, right down to the cover art.

Having inspired house, trance and techno, it seems fair that Kraftwerk should borrow something in return. Commencing with three segueing versions of the title track, Soundtracks opens with a fine 15-minute dose of tranquil minimalist trance before seamlessly gliding through various sonic soundscapes with a metronome-like rhythm. Mellifluous keyboard lines evoke the sense of motion while melodies weave and swirl. "Elektro Kardiogramm" goes as far as containing heartbeat and breathing effects while "Vitamin", the album's peak, could be described as the Pyrenean stage with its deep grooves and dizzying synth hooks. The sound of groundbreakers building bridges, Tour De France Soundtracks may not prove as hugely influential as Kraftwerk's early music, but it is nevertheless a winning return. --Christopher Barrett --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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