|1. One Step Inside|
|3. Pick Up The Phone|
|4. Trashing Days|
|5. This Room|
|7. One With The Freaks|
|8. Neon Golden|
|9. Off The Rails|
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It is often bewildering, strange and complex but at no point does it ever get too clever for its own good or stretch itself too far. Though to all extent and purposes a dance album, this is gifted with a beating heart and genuine sentiment which sets it apart from most of its contemporaries.
Like Air and New Order, Notwist have created a living being out what is often the musical equivalent of a tinman. The variety and combination of sounds on 'Neon Golden' is a major factor in this, 'Trashing Days' combines banjo with synth effects, horns and strings to make a quite unique, otherworldly sound.
Every track has its own 'special effect' which sets it apart from the others, but each at the same time is linked to its predecessor by the whirr of a synth or the ongoing murmur of a bass. Despite its vast variety of sound though everything fits together perfectly. This cohesion is provided by Acher's fragile voice, reminiscent of David Kitt, which has the flow and melodies required to carry each track in the right direction.
This is a quite beautiful album, reminiscent of New Order at times and Kraftwerk at others, but significantly for the most part they sound quite unlike anything else. Though not to everybody's taste, this should be rewarded by an investigation if not a buy.
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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