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The Notwist The Devil, You + Me

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It’s been a while–six years, actually–since we last heard from Germany’s The Notwist. Thankfully, The Devil, You + Me proves our patient wait for more of the band’s high-brow electro-pop hasn’t been for naught. It’s a subtler affair than 2002’s brilliant Neon Golden–it’s got less bounce, less perk. But there’s more to listen for–like the nervous strings flitting in and out of “Where in This World,” or the tremulous synths glowing under “Gloomy Planets,” or the feedback tearing through “Your Alphabet.” It’s an intensity that burns so softly you might miss its heat. But in this instance, it pays to listen to the devil.