Kraftwerk: Fritz Hijbert, Florian Schneider-Esleben, Karl Bartos, Ralf Hutter (synthesizers).
A collection of remixes of Kraftwerk classics.
1991's THE MIX is a collection of 11 often-radical remixes of Kraftwerk classics from the '70s and early-'80s. Unlike most remix projects, which merely extend the song needlessly or slap a currently-fashionable and usually inappropriate new beat on an old song, THE MIX starts from the ground up, so to speak: most of these songs are so extensively reworked that they bear only passing resemblance to the originals. For example, the opening deconstruction of "The Robots" purposely withholds the nagging four-note synth hook of the original, creating a tension throughout its nine minutes which wasn't present in the original. Similarly, "Autobahn" de-emphasizes its hypnotic beat, giving the track a looseness it's never had before. The album as a whole is beautifully sequenced, with chill-outs like the ambient-ized "Radioactivity" coming at useful intervals between the more insistent numbers. This is a textbook example of a remix album.
Spin (8/91) - Highly Recommended - "...[Kraftwerk] have finally outdone themselves and everybody else, too..."
Q (5/95, p.123) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...a revised history of the band, throbbingly danceable and one of the best party records of the past decade..."
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