Close to the Glass

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Feb 25, 2014
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  1. Feb 26, 2014
    60
    Unfortunately with the addition of the Notwist’s awkward electronic sections Close to the Glass becomes frustratingly uneven.
  2. Mojo
    Mar 21, 2014
    60
    Close To The Glass is full of charming, understated yearning. [Apr 2014, p.94]
  3. 58
    The glacial pace and gentle vocals remain, as does the unique mix of electronic landscape and live instrumentation.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 11 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 »