|Release Date:||Feb 19, 1997||Format:||CD|
|Genre:||Jazz||Duration:||Album or EP|
1. Computer World
2. Pocket Calculator
4. Computer World . 2
5. Computer Love
6. Home Computer
7. It's More Fun to Compute
8. Dentaku (Bonus)
1997 Japanese re-issue. Features a bonus track 'Dentaku'.
Kraftwerk: Wolfgang Flur, Florian Schneider-Esleben, Karl Bartos, Ralf Hutter (synthesizer).
Japanese remaster adds a bonus track.
By the 1980s, the world had at least somewhat caught up with Kraftwerk's chilling musical vision. Synthesizers were everywhere, and the automation of music was developing with alarming speed. As pioneers of the genre, Kraftwerk was hitting its stride as the rest of the pop music world was taking its baby steps. 1981's COMPUTER WORLD serves as an ominous reflection of our evolving technological world, and it's a seminal influence on electronic music to come.
Kraftwerk's music had always been completely based in technology, all the while reflecting a healthy fear of global automation. This album met that fear head on, from the plaintive musical theme and lonesome Everyman protagonism of "Computer Love" to the chilling "Home Computer," which foretells the PC revolution via the group's trademark marriage of relentless, melodic electronic music and stark, touching human imagery. Other landmark compositions include the infectious, oft-sampled "Numbers" and "Pocket Calculator," a cut which stands out even on this album as a milestone in quirky, Teutonic synth-pop.
Alternative Press (20010801)