Please excuse me if some of this week’s reviews are short. I was so mentally exhausted after listening to these 10+ minute songs that I could only write a few curt sentences about most of them.
Even after you account for Influencer Reduction Paradox (see glossary), “Autobahn” is an outstanding listen. It never wears out its welcome across 22 minutes, always pivoting textures or moods just when the previous one is starting to feel familiar. I don’t blame Kraftwerk for releasing a single-length version, though, which became a monster hit. Electronic music has never been more ubiquitous than in 2018, making “Autobahn” — arguably the track that invented the genre — feel quintessential. Forty-four years and hundreds of imitators later, this is still a masterpiece.