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  • Audio CD (4 Feb. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: City Slang
  • ASIN: B00005NY9B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,261 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. One Step Inside
2. Pilot
3. Pick Up The Phone
4. Trashing Days
5. This Room
6. Solitaire
7. One With The Freaks
8. Neon Golden
9. Off The Rails
10. Consequence

Product Description

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Technically Neon Golden, the sixth album from Germans The Notwist, should be an unequivocal disaster. Laced with meandering acoustic guitars, mournful vocals, post-punk rock, crisp electronica, flutes, dub bass, saxophones, the occasional breakbeat and banjo, the potential for their tender tunes to descend into a chaotic and indulgent nightmare of arty noodling is exceptionally high. However, having spent 15 months in the studio putting their unlikely components together, the outcome couldn't be more transfixing or beautiful; a dreamy world of atmospheric lo-fi lullabies, where hazy pop melodies drift by on an eccentric flow of sensual bleeps, whooshes and crackles. Even when Neon Golden strays towards more traditional rock, Markus Acher's downtrodden yet hopeful vocals, and his achingly sweet melodies persist, as do the sumptuous atmospheric add-ons that link vaguely New Order-ish moments "Pilot" and "One With The Freaks" to the title track's ambient electronic pulses and breathy saxophones. Yet nothing is more magical or odd than "Trashing Days", where they manage to make pneumatic space age sound effects rubbing against scraping beats, woozy horns and a quietly plucked banjo, sound like the most natural thing in the world. --Dan Gennoe

BBC Review

Getting their start over ten years ago in Wilheim, Germany, The Notwist have always been a band that play by their own rules. While the others were jumping on bandwagon after bandwagon, from shoegazer to acid jazz, nu-metal to techno, The Notwist never bothered with any of that. For better or for worse, they discovered their unique sound early on and have stuck with it. Whereas the band previously seemed to be stuck in a sort of Teutonic version of a Tortoise type groove, their individual experiences with side projects such as Tied & Tickled Trio, Console, Village of Savoonga, etc. have strengthened their vision. Neon Golden sees the band flirt with dubby electronica, sparse banjos and even de-constructed classical music in an excellent marriage between minimalist rock and soulful electronics. It seems to be a much more emotionally led release than some of their previous work and thats a pretty impressive achievement considering that this album took 15 months to release. But, while the Notwist are often known for their minimalist and sometimes monotonal work, some surprisingly pretty pop songs emerge, like the upbeat Pilot or the beautifully melancholic Consequence. You know this place&..Youve been here before sings Markus Acher on Pick Up The Phone, summing up this CD perfectly. You have, but dont take that as a bad thing. Take it like you're returning to your favourite restaurant or bar. You know the crowd. You know the music. You dont even have to think about having a good time. It just happens. While this album is altogether nothing groundbreakingly new for the band, it still retains enough twists and turns to make a worthwhile addition to your collection. With any luck, the band will forge ahead in their side-projects and bring those experiences back to The Notwist just as they did with this album. Good stuff all around and in addition to this, we suggest checking out their other excellent side-projects as well, especially Tied and Tickled Trios EA1 EA2 on Drag City. Its all good. --Olli Siebelt

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Make no mistake, this is an indie-pop album. If, like me, you are looking for something a bit more leftfield, you might want to reconsider. This is not to discourage though - a very fine indie-pop album it is, with instantly likeable melodies buoyed by constantly imaginative and tight production, laregely informed by electronica. 'One Step Inside' builds on inauspicious acoustic beginnings and builds into subtle layers of crackling electonic fug, underpinned by a wood-block rhythm. 'Pilot' is instantly recognisable, a piece of classic pop charged by a electro rhythm that surges and swoops in all the right places. Other highlights include the avant-pop of 'Trashing Days' and the cut-up violins and breakbeat of 'Solitaire'. Always engaging and accessible - each song is carefully crafted with a whole raft of styles and instruments (from flutes to banjos and neo-drum 'n' bass rhythmic stylings). But the focus tends to rest heavily on the vocals, a kind of Germanic Belle and Sebastien, sometimes a little high up in the mix for comfort. This, the German version, also features three instrumental bonus tracks - but these are more afterthoughts than fully-realised compositions. Like this? Also try labelmates and affiliates Lali Puna's 'Faking the Books'.
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Neon Golden is a leftfield indie-pop album buoyed by constantly imaginative and tight production, largely informed by electronica. `One Step Inside' builds on inauspicious acoustic beginnings and builds into subtle layers of crackling electonic fug, underpinned by a wood-block rhythm. `Pilot' is instantly recognisable, a piece of classic pop charged by a electro rhythm that surges and swoops in all the right places.

Other highlights include the avant-pop of `Trashing Days' and the cut-up violins and breakbeat of `Solitaire'. Always engaging and accessible - each song is carefully crafted with a whole raft of styles and instruments (from flutes to banjos and neo-drum `n' bass rhythmic stylings). The focus tends to rest heavily on the vocals, a kind of Germanic Belle and Sebastien, but The Notwist win over with their ear for melody and pop sensibility. Like this? Also try labelmates and affiliates Lali Puna's `Faking the Books'.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt Sephton on 5 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
This has catapulted in as an album that I just cannot stop listening to.
Mellow electronic music with syncopated beats and stuttering rhythms. Nothing new there, and certainly nothing to set it apart from Kid A, Aphex Twin, Björk at al.
The stroke of genius is the way, through what must have surely been a massive undertaking, the band have layered on top of this countless strings, banjo and piano to create the most wonderfully moving melodies I have heard in I don't know how long. Combine this wonderful musical result with some of the most beautiful, heartfelt, nursery rhyme-esque lyrics - sung pefectly and you have a true classic of an album. To think this band started out as a trash rock band boggles the mind.
One day all music will sound like this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Caffyn on 7 Jun. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Call myself a music fan?! I had never heard of NoTwist until recentley, the sublime "Pick Up The Phone" entered my head and is now destined never to leave. Perhaps a one-song wonder, I told myself, but no: low and behold a complete album mixing the best bits of pop, electronica and beautifully deadpan vocals. NoTwist have really come up with a gem here, from the slow building One Step Inside, to the immediate out and out pop of Pilot and One With The Freaks. Then there's soaring strings over the cunning loops of Solitaire and even banjo on Trashing Days (it somehow works - dont ask how). In fact this album is such a mix of styles and influences it shouldnt work yet, fantastically, it does. If your looking for something fresh, inovative and catchy this year you have to hear Neon Golden - if you dont I promise you'll missing out on the cleverest pop album around at the moment.
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