Vertigo Days

The Notwist - Vertigo Days
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Based on 10 reviews
2021 Ratings: #469 / 700
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Based on 159 ratings
2021 Ratings: #518
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The Notwist question what it means to be in a band, and their seeking reveals homespun sweetness, seemingly ancient storytelling, and the majesty of an orchestra all in a single album.

Beats Per Minute

Despite these guest turns, Vertigo Days is all about the The Notwist rediscovering their innovative niche.

Spectrum Culture

It feels like Markus Acher’s musical obsessions have informed the Notwist’s current sound almost as much as anything they’ve put out under this banner, and cleaves closer to the magic found in their best work than anything on The Devil or Close to the Glass.


Vertigo Days does not deviate far from the established Notwist formula of soft- focus indie-folk electronica, which can feel too tastefully non-committal at times. But there are vivid beauties here too.


The ambitions, expansions, and collaborations on Vertigo Days mostly pay off, sacrificing a little thematic cohesion for the reward of greater variety in sound.


The 14 tracks on Vertigo Steps function as nuggets of noise. There are rhythms and drops, meaningful pauses and blather, atmospherics that drift into nothingness, and abrasive sonics.


The German band’s first album since 2014 revives their introspective blend of indie rock and electronica, while simultaneously looking outward for new voices and perspectives.


Perhaps too much deliberation went into the creation of Vertigo Days. This may coalesce in a live setting.


When it’s good, it’s fuckin’ beautiful. When it’s not, it’s at the very least peaceful. The guy’s voice reminds me of Mark Oliver Everett of Eels at times, and Wilco at other times.


I'm admittedly a fan of the Notwist's aesthetic, and despite the fact that Neon Golden didn't quite live up to my expectations. I hoped that this would breathe new life into my interest for this bands. Ultimately though, this suffers from the same setbacks that their 2002 classic does for me, to an ever greater extent.


Damn near perfect


Se hace realmente difícil seguirle la pista al esquivo pero siempre eficaz trío alemán. Es probable, dios no lo quiera, que vuelvan a desaparecer otro puñado de años como lo hicieran desde el genial "Close to the glass" (2014) hasta hoy. Pero lo que de verdad los hace difíciles (y fascinantes a la vez) es la heterogeneidad que le dan a cada álbum. Hasta que no suena la voz de Markus Acher dudas de la autoría de las canciones. Es ... read more


The Notwist's latest album, Vertigo Days, is a good Neo-Psychedelia indietronica album which never left me blown away but manages to be engaging and exciting enough to be enjoyable and has many interesting ideas flowing throughout but the band can never capitalized on them and often leaves the record feeling directionless and at times meaningless. However, the cute and warm atmosphere is too lush to ignore leaving the record in a state where it is good but not necessary memorable

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The Notwist - Vertigo Days

Genre: Indietronica
Country: Germany

Final Verdict: 62% (Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 399th / 1014

Highlight: Night‘s Too Dark

Made me think of:
John Grant
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Track List

  1. Al Norte
  2. Into Love / Stars
  3. Exit Strategy To Myself
  4. Where You Find Me
  5. Ship
  6. Loose Ends
  7. Into The Ice Age
  8. Oh Sweet Fire
  9. Ghost
  10. Sans Soleil
  11. Night's Too Dark
  12. *stars*
  13. Al Sur
  14. Into Love Again

Year End Lists

#36/Les Inrocks
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Added on: November 14, 2020