German Indie band The Notwist have compiled an album of new and old material revamped and live — Superheroes, Ghostvillains & Stuff is an entire concert's worth of songs. I mentioned in my review of the single “Pick Up the Phone” that the music can offer you so much more if you're willing to let it. In all honestly though, I feel that this album offers too much. Way too much. At almost two hours it's a fabulously solid live album (meaning you can hardly tell it's live most of the time), but the substance in my opinion is thinly spread.
The album arrives onto the scene in veritable, if not lethargic, array. Its introductory track brings an intoning of an almost chanted chorus amidst a flurry of drums. "This Room" is quite the hectic one, alternatively beat-driven and chanting throughout, ending on a discombobulation of horns and strange electronic sounds.
I can see the mellow transitions between and in the middle of songs being exciting crescendos to be witnessed live in an intimate venue, but for the listener at home it leaves something to be desired. I know fans of The Notwist will appreciate such a lengthy repertoire of an album but for people like me, just being introduced to the band, this is a little much. I'd start your appreciation of this band somewhere else.