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The Notwist

It's been six years since The Notwist came out with <em>Neon Golden,</em> the album in which it finally found its musical style and sound. The group's most recent album, <em>The Devil, You + Me </em>is a "similarly st

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The Notwist has fiddled with its sound for years, said Vadim Rizov in The Onion. Over the past two decades, the German indie rockers have tried everything from hardcore metal (The Notwist) and abstract electronica (12) to jazz fusion (Shrink) and electro-pop (Neon Golden). That last recording was one of the “most accomplished” albums of 2002, and finally seems to have put an end to the band’s compulsive experimentation. It turns out that the Notwist is too smart to “ditch a sound it took this long to find.” The Devil, You + Me, its first effort in six years, is a similarly “stunning panorama,” said Lavinia Jones Wright in Billboard. Dreamy and dense, the album blends frontman Markus Acher’s “hushed vocals and haunting harmonies with a slowly dissolving pace.” From the accelerating guitars on opener “Good Lies” to the rambling, bittersweet closer “Gone Gone Gone,” the sound can be remarkably ornate. The Notwist isn’t afraid of complexity, but stays true to indie-rock form, said Brian Howe in Paste. Backed by the Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, the group does “electro-pop with neoclassical ambitions, with the immediacy of the former” and the richness of the latter.

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