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The Notwist

  • Different Cars and Trains [Domino, 2003] Dud
  • Neon Golden [City Slang/Virgin, 2004] B-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Different Cars and Trains [Domino, 2003] Dud

Neon Golden [City Slang/Virgin, 2004]
Not a fraud. That much I'll grant this evolving German unit's career album. There are tunes, and they're nicely melded to a wide assortment of putatively nonmusical sounds. Not pretentious either, though to say anything kinder about Markus Archer's command of English is to make hope a vice. Also, not cold--lukewarm at least. But then what? Not dynamic? Not exciting? Not much fun? 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. And the chaos is still out there. B-