Content: Maschine Brennt is clearly inspired by the computer music of Kraftwerk. It’s pure robotic music, carried by deep bass lines, melodic electronics, astral bleeps and retro-like strings.
The bonus tracks are quite interesting as well for revealing older (90s) demo cuts. It reveals a more experimental approach in music.
+ + + : This kind of electro-pop music has something intelligent and more sophisticated than the average electro-pop standards. But the compositions also reflect some elegance in the writing and subtle arrangements. The shadow of Kraftwerk follows most of the songs although you can hear a more personal style in comparison with other bands dealing with a similar music style. I especially like the groovy and refreshing “Du Bist”. I also noticed another interesting cut entitled “1992”, which makes me think of a song written for a movie soundtrack.
– – – : The link with Kraftwerk-music remains clear and unavoidable. There are a few explicit Kraftwerk sound-passages, which for some will make the interest of this album and for others probably point to a kind of cheap copycat.
Conclusion: While there are thousands of Depeche Mode clones, the reactivated Kraftwerk hype features several interesting and cool bands. That’s a good reason to pay attention for Maschine Brennt.
Best songs: “Du Bist”, “Backspace”, “Sistema”, “I Want To Be Human”.