Top 100 Albums of the Decade: #74 The Notwist - Neon Golden

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#74 The Notwist - Neon Golden

It took The Notwist a few misses to get it right but, patience is a virtue and, sometimes, genius takes time. In this case, it took twelve years. After releasing several albums that began as grunge-metal and trickled down to indie rock with some electronic experimentation, The Notwist release Neon Golden in 2002. Neon Golden blended the purity of indie rock with the clarity of electronic beats and packaged it up into a very natural sound. It took them some time, but it was worth the wait. I would compare this album to The Postal Service's debut, but it was a little darker - more glitch than dance. The vocals stand out on both records, but rather than Ben Gibbard's falsetto, you hear Markus Acher's soft German accent. He sings with the slightest crack in his voice, which gives his words much more feeling, especially when juxtaposed with the atmosphere created by banjoes, harmoniums, and synthetic sounds. It's surprising how grounded Neon Golden is when it's driven by electronically-created rhythms and showered with glitches. It sounds very organic, despite it's inorganic foundation.
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