I can't agree with the previous review. The new album is, to me at least, slicker than "The Eye", Yello's previous offering from 2003. Whilst the formula again includes the usual Dada influenced madness coupled with excellent electronic flourishes, along with some fantactic guest vocal performances, this time in the shape of Hiedi Happy and Boris Blank himself (could he sound more tuneful, if less crazy than Dieter...?)the production appears to be even more polished if a little more down beat than "The Eye". I would consider it a polar opposite to "Pocket Universe" which I also loved because I am (and was even more so at the time,) a lover of european techno music. In fact its a little closer to Sade than Yello have ever been before.
The trumpet sounds come from Till Bronner who contributes extensively to the slick sound, as does Dorothee Oberlinger with her excellent flute solos. For long standing fans, Yello have decided to revist their classic mad dance hit "Bostich" and whilst it still has elements of the original, it is the only real filler here, for me.
For those fans who still love Yello because of their awe inspiring soundscapes, you will not be disappointed. The closing track is "Takla Makan" and reminds you just how atmospheric Yello's music can be.
If you are a fan you will love this album and it repays repeated listening. If you are casual fan but want to try some pure Yello product then can I suggest that you try "One Second" or "Baby" as they are probably more accessible. That is not to say that "Touch Yello" is not accessible, its perhaps not the most representative of their material in that whilst excellent, it turns the pure Yello 'bonkers' button down a little. Still very much a work to be proud of and has quickly become a favourite amongst friends who know little about their music. Its just a shame there has been no proper UK release.