Neon Golden - The Notwist
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Universal acclaim- based on 65 Ratings

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  • Summary: This breaktrhough sixth album for the German band combines a variety of disparate elements, most notably moody indie rock and glitchy electronica (think Hood's Cold House), to great effect.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
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  1. 100
    The Notwist can sculpt more emotional sounds and music into a compact and cutting four minutes than most can do in a career.
  2. 100
    Every single song is an hummable masterpiece of pop experimentation.
  3. 100
    A unique and beautiful work that will be returned to again and again. Definitely, already, an album of the year.
  4. Album number five dwarfs its predecessors because the members have started treating this group as the sun around which their musical projects must inevitably revolve, and the home to which they must return.
  5. With Neon Golden, The Notwist have done something that's not exactly an easy task; they've created an album that's mixes electronic and organic music in a way that makes each better.
  6. The intricacy of the band's sound remain[s], but with less experimental desperation and considerably better ideas.
  7. Young people who think Kraftwerk were more important than the Ramones are free to satisfy their craving for the neu with this retreat into simplicity. But even Radiohead and Mouse on Mars contain more chaos.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. LB
    Feb 20, 2003
    10
    This CD has been in my player for one year. I can't stop listening to the achingly beautiful music. Pick Up The Phone and Trashing Days still give me cold chills. Expand
  2. SethN
    Nov 22, 2007
    10
    Awesome, cant believe I had to listen through the whole track. Once I heard the first song, it was unfortunate that I was just sitting in my car in the drive way and didn't even want to get out. Expand
  3. HeidiB
    Mar 23, 2003
    10
    This album is amazing- calming
  4. RicheP
    Jan 8, 2005
    10
    this is the was music should be heading- because after all, rock is "dead"
  5. AndyW
    Nov 15, 2005
    10
    there are no words to describe how good this cd is. i highly recommend this.
  6. P.H.
    Jan 6, 2005
    9
    Neon Golden is an awesome album. I found this band this year (2004)... in case you like bands like Death Cab for Cutie, DNTEL, Kings of Convenience or the Postal Service you will probably love this album. My favorite songs are: Consequence, This Room, Trashing Days, Pick Up the Phone... Pilot... hmm... It's great all the way through. Expand
  7. JohnR.
    Oct 20, 2003
    0
    What a stupid album.

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