Most of Zapp and Roger Troutman's output tends to leave me a bit cold; I can only listen to so
much vocoder, y'know? But where much of the Troutman catalog succumbs to overkill, "Computer Love" (er, not a Kraftwerk cover) succeeds for the opposite reason: it keeps things simple. For a mid-'80s R&B single made on keyboards and, well, computers (presumably), this is quite a stripped-down single, with plenty of room to breathe. A shuffling beat, some Troutman vocoder (natch) augmentation to the vocal line, and that's about it. To hear it today is refreshing, because of what it's not as much as for what it is.