My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: The Man-Machine is the seventh studio album from Kraftwerk. It was recorded through 1977 and early 1978, it was released in May of that year.
What I think: I felt like Trans-Europe-Express was too robotic and sinister and I sort of started feeling that way about this one too (The first song after all is “The Robots” with robotic vocals). As it went on though, I really started to hear the same beauty as in Autobahn. I really like the way the electronics have really evolved into something that hints at what New Order, or O.M.D. (maybe odd comparisons, but they are both pop/electronic groups I really enjoy) would do later. It’s electronic music that brings emotion.
My favorite songs on this one are in the middle with “The Model” and especially the next song “Neon Lights” which slows things down a little bit and is able to bring in a strong romantic feeling.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I do think it’s important and should be heard. I would have skipped Trans-Europe and went to this.
Rating (Out of 5) 3.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (309/407)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 76%