Off the Record - Karl Bartos
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 19, 2013
    70
    Fanatics seeking that Ralf and Florian style of restraint will certainly be thrown. Others will find their respect for Bartos has grown after a listen, and once the revelations settle, Off the Record feels like an enjoyable journey back to "Ohm Sweet Ohm."
  2. Mar 21, 2013
    60
    Overall, Off the Record is a solid album with plenty of attributes, though not necessarily an exceptional one.
  3. Mar 25, 2013
    54
    Bartos is one of the few people allowed to get away with such blatant mirroring of the past, but it's hard to escape the thought that he's done it all before, and better, and with a little more elegance and wit.
  4. Apr 25, 2013
    60
    Off The Record marks a return to form. [Jun 2013, p.69]
  5. Apr 10, 2013
    60
    His revisiting of old tapes and melodic ideas from his tenure mean it echoes his former group's discography in rewarding ways. [May 2013, p.95]
  6. Mar 18, 2013
    50
    Off the Record is of more interest as a historical document than for the music itself--something Bartos would probably admit.
  7. Mar 18, 2013
    60
    It’s a mixed manifestation of electronic pop.
  8. Mar 20, 2013
    70
    Off the Record may be dated in some respects, but it still sounds like it's aimed at the future.
  9. Mar 18, 2013
    60
    Useful, thrown-back fun, comfortable off the cutting edge.
  10. Apr 5, 2013
    80
    Off The Record's off the cuff feel would probably appall his former comrades but it lends the music an appealing immediacy. [Mar 2013, p.48]
  11. Apr 9, 2013
    80
    The past, present and future collide in a sublime celebration of technology, history and humanity, in all its flawed and triumphant glory, filtered through one man's attempts to understand and explain his small but significant place in the interconnected, universal whole.
  12. 60
    Off the Record contains few surprises, with several tracks pleasantly echoing his time as co-composer of some of the group's most glorious pieces.
  13. Off the Record, despite a few promising tracks, never provides a strong enough reason for listeners to do anything but go back and admire what he accomplished with Kraftwerk.
  14. Jun 4, 2013
    80
    Clearly, Bartos carries the romance and self-aware humour of the “classic” Kraftwerk in his genetic code: the sweet, buoyant, dignified and melodious Nachtfahrt and Hausmusik, for example, breathe the same rarefied European air which rendered The Man Machine and Trans-Europe Express such heady and immaculate touchstones.

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