It's been a pretty rough week, news-wise, so I figured I'd take a night off for something fun. I recently discovered a hilarious Twitter account that chronicles reviews by critics that, in retrospect, are laughably bad. This particular review was the one that caught my eye, but all of the highlighted reviews are terrible:
KRAFTWERK - TRANS-EURO EXPRESS (1977): "Finds Kraftwerk abandoning the lyricism of past work in favor of either mesmerizing or boring its audiences to death...will put you out quicker than any sleeping pill, legal or not." Valley News, April 22, 1977 pic.twitter.com/Vz3FA2Nkfn— Zero Star Reviews (@ZeroStarReviews) April 21, 2021
Now, I went on a pretty deep dive into Kraftwerk's oeuvre when Florian Schneider died last year, so I am a little biased. That said, Trans Europe Express was a wildly influential album, described in 2014 by LA Times music critic Randall Roberts as "the most important pop album of the last 40 years." It was a landmark, inspiring hip-hop, rock, electronica, and industrial musicians for decades.
The thirteen minute song that the reviewer compared to a sleeping pill,
The 13 minute track that the reviewer compared to a sleeping pill is a bonafide dance classic, guaranteed to get everybody out on the floor:
That's some soporific!