[KRAFTWERK] Chicago review and some nice photos
Leonard R. Cleavelin
leonard at cleavelin.net
Thu Jun 9 17:00:29 CEST 2005
At 08:50 AM 6/9/2005, MzDe wrote:
>They did "Dentaku"? In DC and NY, it was "Taschenrechner"...
Musta been "Taschenrechner" in Chicago; I was expecting "Dentaku" (probably
because I've been listening to too much of "The Mix" recently), and was a
bit surprised not to hear it.
As performers, however, Kraftwerk falls closer to performance art.
Listen to the new live album "Minimum-Maximum" while staring at the
cover and you more or less get the idea of watching four stationary
men work diligently yet mysteriously at their anonymous machines. But
to do so would miss the indelible charm of watching Kraftwerk in the
flesh. The visuals projected behind the band, matched methodically to
the music, vacillated from charming to psychedelic, stock footage
colliding with primitive computer-drawn images. The band, while never
particularly active, was not entirely immobile. It was almost sweet to
watch these self-consciously cold performers actually bobble in place,
taken over by the hypnotic rhythms and beguiling melodies of "Trans-
Europe Express," "Autobahn" or "Pocket Calculator." Founding member
Ralf Hutter in particular appeared pleased and animated, though fellow
founder Florian Schneider barely cracked a smile the whole night.
--Joshua Klein [Chicago _Tribune_ review of Kraftwerk's 6/4/2005 show]
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