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Close to the Glass [VINYL]

Notwist Vinyl
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Vinyl (24 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic of Music
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,815 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Signals
2. Close To The Glass
3. Kong
4. Into Another Tune
5. Casino
6. From One Wrong Place To The Next
7. 7-Hour-Drive
8. The Fifth Quarter Of The Globe
9. Run Run Run
10. Steppin In
11. Lineri
12. They Follow Me

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The Notwist have always been pioneering their own sound, walking a trail of songs across genres toward something definitively new and distinctly them. Yet the German born band are never running from their previous creations rather toward the next, and in doing so have crafted a series of personal yet impeccable records that warmly thread together the far corners of independent music. Simply speaking, the Notwist make this careful and banging, private yet pop, post-everything music, for the movie going on inside you.

Their latest full length 'Close To The Glass' is yet another courageous leap into the sky of songs. It is a catchy and unpredictable marriage of playing your heart out on an instrument and the magnetic pulse of precise programming. While the band always creates music ripe with authenticity and mood, we find them now defining their edges with no shortage of bravery or beat. As romantic as it is robotic, 'Close To The Glass' is a bottomless collage; part pop song, part science, part band, part storytelling and all Notwist. The sturdy glue between the layers of 'Close To The Glass' is their newfound synergy as a band, no longer co-writing parts, Markus, Micha and Martin have finally found their human form and in some ways, at last, have become the Notwist. Alongside Max and Andi, they write, re-write, and record songs as one, tapping into the energy they possess on stage, and naturally arriving at the band all their exploratory recorded music had cut out for them

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Big Heart In The Machine 2 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD
Exciting news! A new Notwist album! The first (notwithstanding the 2009
film soundtrack 'Sturm') for six years. Their last, 'You, The Devil & Me',
remains one of my favorite albums of all time. Expect extreme bias here!

The abiding magic of Notwist's work has much to do with the outfit's ability
to imbue electronica with poetry and a big warm-hearted humane spirit.
This has everything and more to do with singer/writer Markus Archer, a gentle
visionary whose tentative and ethereal voice is one of life's small treasures.

There are twelve numbers in the set. It's all good. Very very good in fact.
Highlights, however, would have to include opening track 'Signals' which kicks off
with a restrained bubbling and bleeping synth riff joined, shortly after by Mr Archer's
doleful vocal entry, by a crackling beat which propels the song forward as the
mix gains in density with the addition of further layers of percussion and keys.
'Kong' romps along like a happy puppy which has slipped its lead and sports a
positively uplifting melody and harmonies and some wonderfully slippery string
decorations. The largely acoustic 'Casino' and 'Stepping In' bring a sense of
of deep melancholy to the proceedings. The latter is one of Mr Archer's finest
compositions; quite easily one of the most beautiful and touching songs I've heard
this year. The warm pulse and wave-like flow of 'Lineri', an instrumental and the
longest invention in the collection, is shot through with keening electric guitar
embellishments and although reaching no clear destination leaves a vibrating
emotional imprint long after the final bars have faded into a soft blue oblivion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Joyous return 20 Mar 2014
By jas
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first found The Notwist with "Neon Golden" which was a great album. Their follow up "The Devil You and Me" had some good moments but their latest release "Close to The Glass" is, I believe, right up there with Neon Golden. Signals is an interesting opener and Close to the Glass carries on and leads into what for me is an obvious highlight Kong. Reminiscent of early New Order but with the distinctive Acher vocals - a great song. From then on melodies and soundscapes abound over the further songs. If yuohave not listened to The Notwist before then give them a try. If you have heard them before then you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 Oct 2014
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it's ok
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4.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue and most welcome return! Still delivering the goods 25 years in. 3 Mar 2014
By Paul Allaer - Published on
Format:Audio CD
When we last heard from the German band, it was 2008 and the Notwist had released the excellent “The Devil, You + Me”, which I had in my Top 3 of best albums of the year. It was truly a career highlight for the veteran band, which incredibly is celebrating its 25 years this year. Now more than 5 years after “The Devil, You + Me’, we finally get a new album.

“Close to the Glass” (12 tracks; 47 min.) starts off with “Signals”, blending the ‘experimental’ side of the band with the more accessible hooks. The title tracks follows, an even more appealing tune. “Kong” finds singer-songwriter Markus Acher going falsetto. On “Casino”, things become more introverted. “7-Hour-Drive” brings a wall of guitars and white noise. The very best of this album is actually saved for last: the next-to-last song is a 9 min. sprawling “Lineri” that covers a LOT of different sounds (from guitar drones to harmonies), and the album concludes with a very nice “They Follow Me”.

Bottom line: the Notwist deliver yet another greatly intriguing album which I'm guessing (if past experience with earlier albums hold s true) will reveal more and more upon repeated listening. I sure hope that they will take to the road in the US as I can’t wait to hear how these new songs will resonate in a live setting. “Close to the Glass” has been worth the long wait and is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good album by the Notwist. 16 May 2014
By jimhb - Published on
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Very good Notwist lp. The vinyl pressing is spread over two albums and is pressed nicely. This music is very solid and enjoyable. It is not Neon Golden but it does not need to be. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys the Notwist.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I lick (tongue) with fun, pleasure 29 Mar 2014
By breath mummy - Published on
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
The Notwist: a perfect band, no lack of synesthetic induction, double beauty and heterogeneity, higher than drugs, transcendence

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great work from the Notwist 18 Mar 2014
By Ideamite - Published on
The vinyl package is completely amazing modern Art. 2 color discs. Outstanding design. I have all the notwist previous work. This is an outstanding total package. I like very song on Close to the glass the first time I played it. This is an album everyone can love. I expect it to do well in the best of 2014 year end charts. Go vinyl and be happy
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars innovative, fresh-sounding, non-formulaic indie electro-pop 13 Mar 2014
By Charlie Quaker - Published on
Format:Audio CD
8th release from German band—If you miss good electronic pop music, (It seems like most things
today are so predictably homogenized for the indie market) this may fill a gap. The Notwist play
unusually innovative, fresh-sounding, non-formulaic indie electro-pop; augmented by guitar and
keyboards, symphonic strings, clarinet, vibraphone, double bass, etc. These are songs that
emphasize the melodic structure and integrate the electronics, rather than making them the focal
point for the sake of the trendy indie sound. Recalls bands like Tarwater, To Rococo Rot, Hood,
Four Tet—with the pop sensibilities of Super Furry Animals, Belle and Sebastian, Kings Of
Convenience. “Close to the Glass” is a rare and brilliantly stimulating electronic pop album.
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