Close to the Glass - The Notwist
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  • Summary: Th eighth full-length release for the German electronic band is its first studio album in over five years.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Feb 24, 2014
    90
    The Notwist is an apt example of a band that is making good music for no other reason than because making music is what they love to do, which Close To The Glass demonstrates in spades.​
  2. Feb 25, 2014
    83
    Eight albums into its career (nine, if you count Sturm, a 2009 film score), the band has lost none of its ability to aim boldly for the gut.
  3. Feb 27, 2014
    80
    The home stretch of the album is where the band really opens up, unleashing haunting melodies and intricate movements that create a soundtrack for a virtual fever dream.
  4. Feb 20, 2014
    70
    Close to the Glass isn't quite the luxurious auditory and emotional jacuzzi the Notwist's albums have been in the past. It's more a wading pool made of obligation and diffidence.
  5. Feb 24, 2014
    70
    Clatter arises from songs and songs from clatter, and it's maddening how so many of them seem to randomly end before committing to actual endings.
  6. Feb 21, 2014
    70
    Close To The Glass is a forum in which ramshackle indie-pop, acoustic balladry, and expansive electronic sonic explorations happily coexists, and it's all the better for it. [Feb/Mar 2014, p.74]
  7. 58
    Unlike the best of the Notwist’s output, Close to the Glass isn’t emotionally nourishing, primarily because there’s no real sense that anything is at stake.

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  1. Apr 24, 2014
    7
    The best thing about this record is its large array of different sounds. From indie electronica that is similar to their past records. Indie pop, with big catchy choruses and great hooks. There's even an almost shoe-gaze sounding track on here. The big question is, how does it fit all together? With this album, the job is done pretty well, but not perfectly. It's rather consistent all the way through, with no blaring low points, and it flows rather well. Nothing here really was outstanding, but it was enjoyable and well done for the most part. Expand