The Notwist, 'The Devil, You + Me' (Domino)

The Devil, You + Me
Critical Mass
Label: Domino

by Lindsey Thomas

On their sixth album, these ever-evolving German indie rockers stick with the electronic-tinged direction of 2003's Neon Golden, but with a little less emotional heft. Which is not to say that they ever push the happiness meter past "bittersweet." On "Where in the World," shivering, insectlike strings give way to the thump of a synthetic heartbeat, the eerily blank voice of singer/guitarist Markus Acher, and more-humanizing elements like horns and bells. Industrial clangs set a sinister tone for "On Planet Off," which is about as far as they stray from atmospheric melancholy.

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