New York Press
"The Notwist pit quaint organ
treacle against overwhelming guitar whorls; fussy lyrics that would thrive
on a psychoanalyst's couch are chased by galloping lunkhead distortion...instead
of sounding like a rehash of the mean loud/soft loud bipolar crap, this
Bavarian threesome's anvil-versus-goosedown thing comes on like a real
lovers' quarrel - melancholy and luxuriant."
The New York Times
"The quartet set pop songs
askew with dissonance, feedback and electronic sound effects and turned
punk songs into pop by inserting contemplative gently sung passages and
Taking the atonal jams of
Sonic Youth and the minimalist strumming of Unrest as a jumping-off point,
the Notwist added a more riff-heavy metal edge to its songs and expanded
its genre-spanning reach with keyboards and slide trombone."
by Neil Strauss
"Those gargantuan percussive
thumps can mean only one thing: The Germans are back! Teutonic musicians
are always concealing the charms of their music beneath such distancing
devices as drone, painful clang and a notorious icy precision. The Notwist,
a Bavarian trio is no exception... The Notwist's honed attack is similar
to that of 18th Dye, another band that forged something beninely beautiful
by corrupting indie rock with live wire aggression..."
by Gil Gershman
New Music Report
"Like most 90's alterna-metal
outfits, it'd be easy for this band to feed only on the angst within. But
the trick, and the appeal, of the notwists is a formula that thrives on
the awkwardness of transition: every moment of every track seems to hone
in on the moments where happiness becomes discontent, where discontent
becomes anger and where anger becomes rage..."
by M. Tye Comer
The Musician's Exchange
"...the Notwist seems to
have decided to make a mockery of groups like Sonic Youth, Tool and the
unfortunate flash-in-the-pan band named Hum. The Notwist certainly takes
first prize in the coolest guitar leads of the whole review season with
me. If you're into crunchy art music with almost singable lyrics, check
The Village Voice
"Bavaria's Notwist play a
pure, bass-blown groove that seeps through the eardrums and winds up pumping
the blood through your chest at an alarming rate..."
"...12 juxtaposes sedate
vocals with ominous electronics, pristine pop hooks and dissonant guitar
figures reminiscent of Daydream Nation-era Sonic Youth..."
by Jon Widerhorn