- Audio CD (Feb. 26 1987)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Elektra Entertain.
- ASIN: B000002GZ4
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
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1986 pioneering electronica album featuring 'Musique Non-Stop'. It's also known as 'Techno Pop'.
The byproduct of a much anticipated, long-delayed, and ultimately scrapped album to have been called Technopop (and to have contained Kraftwerk's great dance single "Tour de France"), 1986's Electric Cafe suffers only slightly from lacking the thematic focus of previous Kraftwerk albums. Ironically, the '80s techno-pop wave had passed by band founders Florian Schneider and Ralf Hutter at this point, but their sly wit ("Boing Boom Tschak," "Telephone," "Sex Object") and melodic inventiveness still stand the test of time. Its segues virtually seamless, Electric Cafe plays like one mega-dance-mix, but with the tasteful restraint that has long been a Kraftwerk hallmark. This is club music for thinking men and women. --Jerry McCulley
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Although it is slightly underrated and there are better Kraftwerk albums available, "Electric Cafe" has aged gracefully over the years. Many of the sounds that Kraftwerk introduced here have now caught on with a younger generation of electronic musicians. This album was somewhat of a blueprint for what was yet to come with this genre of music. My thoughts on this album are different now than they were in 1986. This album becomes more enjoyable each time I listen to it. It can really grow on you and get you hooked. While it isn't a classic, "Electric Cafe" is a worthy investment. Check it out.
the foresome have now chosen to add sampling to their list of
music achievments-most notable on "Telephone Call".The closing title song (known to Saturday Night Live viewers as the theme
song to "Sprockets") takes Afrika Bambatta's electrofunk to new
heights of minimalism and starkness.The year is 1986 and THIS
could be a technological innovation today.Will these guys EVER
be beind the times?
Maybe they werent happy with this and packed it up to do something new. I dont know what because I did not follow them since.
Theres also a remix of the Telephone Song which is good.
Have no fear, all the previous albums were stellar, even back in the Organization and Neu days and the organic sound.
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