Vertigo Days

The Notwist - Vertigo Days
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2021 Ratings: #86 / 109
User Score
Based on 113 ratings
2021 Ratings: #46
Liked by 6 people
January 29, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Morr Music / Label
Indietronica / Genres
notwist.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

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.

80
Beats Per Minute

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

80
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.

70
Uncut

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.

70
Exclaim!

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

70
PopMatters

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.

70
Pitchfork

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.

60
Mojo

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

leolucia
64
DECENT

Some parts sound like pointless jams and other moments are quite beautiful and brilliant. Inconsistent.

Favourite tracks: Al Norte, Into Love, Where you find me, Night's too dark, into love again
Greatr
70
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.
Quilaiba
64
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.
avernannes
53
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5.3/10

"Vertigo Days" is the kind of album that is too wholesome to dislike but doesn't have much to give either. It's a nice blend of indie, electronic, rock, folk, and probably a few more genres too, but not really engaging or interesting.
7rent
65
One day I will go back through The Notwist's discography, but for now, I am torn. There are legitimately beautiful tracks here, some post-rock-type-beat builds ("Into Love Again") that go over nicely. The blend of indie rock and folktronica can be a tired one, but it is done inoffensively here. I usually am not one to complain about mixing or production qualities too much because if something seems poorly mixed to someone, I usually can find a purpose for it and be okay with it. ... read more
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Added on: November 14, 2020