13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2000
I bought this album eagerly two years ago on the strength of the incredible single Chemicals, and it has to be admitted that this is easily the most enjoyable tune here and is in fact one of my personal favourites of all time. It's utterly impossible to describe it but this is probably one of it's charms as there truely is nothing else as chatteringly absurdly surreal and catchy as it and i've never met a single person who doesn't love it. But there is a lot more to Notwist than a one hit wonder... Notwist are a german band that started off 4 albums ago in the depths of typical german metal, and although they had the odd good sing that glimmered with the hope of days to come it wasn't until the surperb 12 album and it's counterpart Loup E.P. (that included a fabulous reworking og Palmer favourite-Johnny and Mary) that they suddenly leaped into a whole style of there own. There distinctive english lyrics mixed with there slow/fast melodies that refuse to go away.Incredible drumming and sax blend effortlessly into thrashing guitar or quiet tinkerings. Like an alien Mogwai with words they managed to pull off an incredible feat.
Shrink does more of the same but pulls even further into this illusive terrotory. Trading noisy guitar for a plethora of jazz and acoustic tinkerings amidst an industrial buzz of a hybrid world. Leaving many tunes without words they have wizely sculpted an incredibaly original album that begs to be heard straight through.
Stand out tracks are the slow but burgeoning opener-Day 7 The acoustic mechanical-No Encores and the shimmering-Electric Bear
Listen closly as this lot are just bound to get better and better.
( if you like Notwist already and are looking for something similar for your whet consumption then try out Mogwai as not much else is comparable at all-even though that is a rather large leap between styles )