Close To The Glass

The Notwist - Close To The Glass
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2014 Ratings: #485 / 1004
User Score
Based on 64 ratings
2014 Ratings: #251
February 25, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Indietronica / Genres / Website
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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.‚Äč

The Line of Best Fit

It doesn’t always immediately feel like it hangs together or flows from one to the next, but let it sink in, like hot butter on toast, and it’s a bigger picture that fits in all the right places.

A.V. Club

The band remains a vital example of how music can be simultaneously tangible and abstract, personable and distant, without losing a thing in translation—even if, as in The Notwist’s unstable universe, mistranslation is part of the appeal.

The Skinny

Close to the Glass is the German band’s first record since 2008’s excellent The Devil, You + Me, and is more varied and ambitious, with the pitfall being that it’s at times less cohesive.

The 405

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.


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.


Ever since the addition of electronics-oriented band member Martin Gretchmann in 1997, The Notwist has played tug-of-war between organic and synthetic elements in its music. But on Close to the Glass, the results are more fractured and schizophrenic than ever.

Drowned in Sound

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.


Close to the Glass still stacks up the chemistry experiments: blipping, blooping, swirling, squeaking, scritching, glitching, twinkling, fading into gauze.


Even in their computer world, they make playful use of arpeggio and digital handclaps rather than succumb to a colder square-cut sound.

Under The Radar

Close to the Glass is a forum in which ramshackle indie-pop, acoustic balladry, and expansive electronic sonic explorations happily coexist, and it's all the better for it. 


Here, their razor-sharp sense of direction feels strangely blunted.


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.


Unfortunately with the addition of the Notwist’s awkward electronic sections Close to the Glass becomes frustratingly uneven.

Pretty Much Amazing

Te good outweighs the bad here, make no mistake. But 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. 


Fairly uninsping


Cracking the spine of midnight bleary-eyed wanderers, with sample and DAW comes the Notwist. The band’s latest album Close to The Glass is worthy of praise and (re)inspection. Its unsettling open hand melodies could lull you to wakefulness, before drawing you back to a days-past slumber. You’ll find metaphors come easy. Hunger becomes hopeful. In short, you need to listen to this album, if only once while making a decision that seemed important before you hit play.

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Abstract pop for the disbelief.
Enjoyable project that has many sides and each one wears its colour strangely skilled.

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Track List

  1. Signals
  2. Close To The Glass
  3. Kong
  4. Into Another Tune
  5. Casino
  6. From One Wrong Place To The Next
  7. 7-Hour-Drive
  8. The Fifth Quarter Of The Globe
  9. Run Run Run
  10. Steppin’ In
  11. Lineri
  12. They Follow Me
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Added on: December 13, 2013