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CD Review-Kraftwerk: Minimum-Maximum

By Isaiah Smith/reporter

   With a career spanning more than 35 years, Kraftwerk is an old techno band returning to the scene with a two-disk set titled Minimum-Maximum.
   This set was recorded all over the world during Kraftwerk’.s 2004 world tour. The tracks were recorded in different locations such as Berlin, Paris, London, Moskwa and even Tokyo.
   Listening to Minimum-Maximum is like taking a trip around the world. It is also like transporting yourself to the future.
   The robotic voice and sound effects on tracks such as “The Robots” and “Radioactivity” make listeners feel like they are listening to music from 2045.
   This music is a dream come true for any gamer out there. The beeps and whistles and easy-to-listen-to beats will take you back to your childhood spent listening to video game music for hours.
   The listener can have a great time trying to isolate sounds and place which video game you’ve heard that bit in before.
   In “Autobahn,” the group makes great use of car sounds. This band isn’t afraid to take risks, and that willingness is why, after 35 years, this band still has a clever, inventive sound.
   “ The Robots” is one of the best songs in this mix with a good ambient backbeat that is counter balanced with a robotic voice that helps break the trance a little.
   I give Kraftwerk major points for the sheer amount of music: 22 tracks that play for 115 minutes. You usually end up with 20 minutes of techno music and six tracks , but this CD is not only full length, it’s a little longer.
   You can feel the energy off this music. While listening to the overall package, you cannot stop picturing throngs of people dancing wildly to the music when it was first spun in full party mode.
   This music isn’t all great though. Some of the tracks are too erratic in the beat and the melody. Some are just a little boring.
   Techno artists have to be careful when they spin because sometimes it becomes beeps and clicks just for beeps and clicks sake. Suddenly the whole feel of the track is thrown off.
   However, this CD definitely has more good points than bad ones, so if you like techno, video games and robots, Kraftwerk is the band for you. Also, this stuff will definitely make great filler between tracks on burned CDs.
   Overall, the CD is a good ride with enough highs to keep you dancing and enough lows to keep you spaced out.
   I give this double CD set a three out of five because it’s not great music, but good enough.

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