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REVIEW: The Notwist - Pick Up the Phone (Live)

REVIEW: The Notwist - “Pick Up the Phone (Live)”

By: Jesss Sanchez
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Starting with a beautiful flute effect, this unique song slides into focus. The Notwist's live albumSuperheroes, Ghostvillains & Stuff (possibly the best album title ever?) features this song and it's hard to believe it's actually a live recording. It sounds so clean and intimate and it takes you away until the sound of cheering and whistling becomes apparent and you suddenly come back to Earth. The track is called “Pick Up the Phone” and I've never heard anything quite like it.

 

The Notwist is a German indie rock band that have been around since 1989. Their sound has evolved again and again (which in my opinion, is the only sure measure for longevity in a band - look at the Beatles for example) and their latest offering sounds new and fresh with the inkling of great wisdom behind the music.

 

“Pick Up the Phone” is a very mellow, somber sounding song with dashes of electrical sound effects and echoing guitars. It could be your generic bleak rock song but it offers so much more to the listener if you let it. The chorus pleads, "Pick up the phone and answer me at last/Today I will step out of your past" with such honesty that you really start to let the emotion wash over you.

 

The Notwist - “Pick Up the Phone (Live)”


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