Album Review: “Radio-Activity” By Kraftwerk

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Radio-Activity combines catchy melodies with interesting sound experiments. Sounds good from start to finish, just a coherent concept album; just a bit too short.

The remastered version does not necessarily offer a bonus, some things are even a little worse, e.g. with ‘Antenne’ the effects are too loud so that the voices are hopelessly drowned out (which is generally a problem with older Kraftwerk albums, that the voices were recorded too quietly and the vocals are hopelessly pushed into the background in good systems with strong basses).

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For this album, Kraftwerk used for polyphonic sounds (choirs, strings, flutes) an Orchestron of Vako brand (also used by the Swiss Patrick Moraz in the Relayer of Yes), it was a kind of mellotron using sounds stored on optical discs (you can see it on Youtube).

A true benchmark in electronic music applied to pop. The remastering is splendid and the presentation of the vinyl, a conceptual work of art. At this point, this album is an object for exquisite palates and vinyl fetishists.

Otherwise, however, a good, self-contained album, suitable for people who also like sound experiments and not just input melodies (as in Die Mensch-Maschine). So highly recommended and must not be missing on the CD shelf of a real Kraftwerk fan.

You can listen to the full album below:

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