This 1991 Kraftwerk collection of often drastically remixed "greatest hits" offers a good, if slightly skewed, overview of the Dusseldorf legends' career. Inspired by the band's continuing influence on modern pop, dance, and techno, founders Florian Schneider and Ralf Hutter tweak Kraftwerk's sonic foundations with the intention of making their music more club-friendly. While some of the faithful have lamented the tinkering, The Mix presents a distinct, typically idiosyncratic take on modern club music. It also represents the way Kraftwerk usually sounds in their infrequent live forays; witness the reworking of "Radioactivity" into an unexpected (the band has been notably apolitical) antinuclear statement aimed largely at Britain's Sellafield installation. The Mix bows to trend in concept only; the execution is pure Kraftwerk. --Jerry McCulley
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(showme) from PARK HILLS, MO
Reviewed on 1/17/2010...
Fun on the Autobahn. I don't know where you're from, but in St. Louis it's a KSHE classic for the geezers from the 70's. (Wow, I'm a geezer now)
Hedgehog | New Jersey | 11/28/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It's tough to give a Kraftwerk CD a bad review - but - The Mix tracks are very different from the originals. Perhaps if you never heard Kraftwerk before, and you want dance music with the usual drum kit type beat that you've heard so many times before and rquires the talent of a pet stepping on a computer keyboard, then this will suit. BUT if you want THE REAL THING, run from this, and get the original recordings. Case in point - the track "Robots" - go to "The Man Machine" CD and listen to it there - the original. It's brilliant. The staccato nature of the track makes it. Now, if you want "the dancing robots", you'll be ok here, but then, you miss the point. There is plenty of good dance music around. No need to spoil classic masterworks.