Close to the Glass - The Notwist
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic 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. 85
    Close to the Glass is a record bookended with perfectly executed experiments, so gentle on the ears. Beautiful and perfect, they make the whole record seem round, and right.
  3. 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.
  4. Mar 26, 2014
    80
    Satisfying proof that pop remain pop however thoroughly digested. [Feb 2014, p.54]
  5. 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.
  6. Feb 24, 2014
    80
    The way they join the organic and the electronic, the cerebral and the emotional on Close to the Glass makes it the most thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable album of the Notwist's career to date.
  7. Feb 18, 2014
    80
    It's sensitively poised and technically perfect. [Mar 2014, p.80]
  8. Feb 18, 2014
    80
    Their eighth LP brilliantly snaps together everything. [Mar 2014, p.117]
  9. Feb 18, 2014
    80
    Every element of Close to the Glass feels like it has been minutely polished; like the workings of a miniature pocket watch, it all feels succinct, gleaming and fresh.
  10. Feb 25, 2014
    72
    On Close to the Glass, the results are more fractured and schizophrenic than ever.
  11. Mar 17, 2014
    70
    With guitars or electronics, the Notwist projects a sense of isolation and displacement.
  12. 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.
  13. Feb 24, 2014
    70
    The only notable shift in balance is a slight tipping of the scale towards the weight of electronic over acoustic instrumentation.
  14. 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]
  15. Feb 20, 2014
    70
    Close To The Glass resembles ice-skate carvings on a frozen lake: jagged, cold but filled with fractured, ambient beauty. [Mar 2014, p.93]
  16. 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.
  17. Feb 27, 2014
    64
    There was always a tendency to divert into different styles on their prior albums (at least from 12 onward), but always with a feel of continuity underpinning it all, as if each path they took was firmly routing off the same road. Here, their razor-sharp sense of direction feels strangely blunted.
  18. Mar 21, 2014
    60
    Close To The Glass is full of charming, understated yearning. [Apr 2014, p.94]
  19. Mar 4, 2014
    60
    While it offers just enough in the way of individuality to stave off a disappearance within the impersonal grid of the received and the conventional, it still can’t quite fuse this into a coherent personality that transcends its inhibiting foundations.
  20. Feb 26, 2014
    60
    Unfortunately with the addition of the Notwist’s awkward electronic sections Close to the Glass becomes frustratingly uneven.
  21. Feb 18, 2014
    60
    Each and every track has its own identity that perfectly mixes the familiar with the unfamiliar, which is simply a continuation of what The Notwist have always been best at.
  22. 58
    The glacial pace and gentle vocals remain, as does the unique mix of electronic landscape and live instrumentation.
  23. 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.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  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. IndieThe 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. Full Review »