Kraftwerk At The Tate Modern Fry The Critic's Hard Drives
Moody electro-pioneers Kratwerk are proving their brand of electronic music is deserving of the title, visionary. Their 8-day Tate Modern stint is 5 days old today, and critics have been lavishing praise over the German innovators.
The Guardian - who's target audience either witnessed Kraftwerk's emergence and saw their influence flourish or wish they did - lead the complimentary reviews. "It's quite difficult to overstate exactly how far ahead of their time Kraftwerk were in the 70s," writes Kitty Empire. "They remain almost ridiculously exciting. Equally, though, examined deeply, as these nights do, Kraftwerk's music is hugely comforting: full of churchy organs and an almost childlike sense of wonder." The Telegraph has equally nice things to say. "Any pre-concert doubts were emphatically buried from the opening punched-out beat of "Numbers" and the unforgettable minimalist words, "Eins, zwei, drei, vier, funf, sechs, sieben, acht!" goes their review, which starts by questioning whether it was in fact Kraftwerk or a tribute band at the Tate before asserting that it didn't matter.
Day 5 has seen the band reach their most celebrated work. Computer Love. This wasn't a fantastic debut or a lucky swing; this was the band's eighth studio album, after they perfected the art of synth through the seventies and said 'there you go, world, this is what you do'.