Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
CRITIC SCORE
74
Based on 15 reviews
2010 Rank: #206 / 598
USER SCORE
83
Based on
101 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

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PopMatters
PopMatters

As far as debut albums go, 2008’s Crystal Castles was one of this decade’s most striking. Sounding quite unlike anything that came before, its 16 tracks cobbled together a variety of electronic sounds using rock dynamics, producing an electro-punk record that was as compelling as it was combustible. Eight-bit chirps, blasts of static and distorted synths collided violently with harsh, overdriven beats and Death From Above 1979 samples, while Alice Glass’ effects-laden shrieks kept the listener transfixed. It was a volatile record and one sensed that it would not be easily duplicated, even by its own architects.

60
Drowned in Sound
Drowned in Sound

Every punk goes pro one day, and Crystal Castles are no exception. Upon emergence a couple of years back, Alice Glass and Ethan Kath came and glared at the world with the cynicism of Lydon, the nihilism of The Germs, and – in their harder moment – the brutal electronics of Atari Teenage Riot. Debut album Crystal Castles was a belligerently stitched together mix of chipcore fury, vaguely Satanic electro-pop and meandering ambient workouts. Even five years ago it might have only found an audience of about five 'troubled' European teens. In the heady d

ays of 2008, however, teenage lifestyle brands Skins and NME cheerily latched onto ‘Alice Practise’ – CC’s most brutal, fuck-the-lot-of-you moment – and packaged it as an essential anthem for Top Shop shod-youth. There’s nothing really wrong with that, but when your harshest musical moment has been installed as soundtrack to a scene in a teen soap in which two boys get in touch with their feelings, and when you appear on said teen soap playing said song, it’s going to look sussed if you play the rebel card on your second album.

User Reviews
Gupla
86
(II) suena a una especie de música sacada de las tinieblas de un cuento de princesas, un material muy femenino, muy hermoso, y muy siniestro. Y de verdad me gustan esas paredes de sonido que implementaron como algo nuevo en su sonido.
SiberianBreaks
83
A solid followup to their debut. I really love the darker songs on this album such as Baptism and Vietnam. Overall, this album is darker than their debut and still features some fantastic instrumentals as well as vocals.

Favourite tracks: Celestica, Doe Deer, Baptism, Year Of Silence, Suffocation, Violent Dreams, Vietnam, Pap Smear, Not In Love, I Am Made of Chalk
Tom Simmons
83
Fav Tracks: Not In Love, Year Of Silence, Empathy, Celestica, Vietnam, Suffocation
78
Top 5 : Baptism, Empathy, Suffocation, Celestica & Vietnam.
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Crystal Castles - (III)

(III)

Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles - Not in Love

Not in Love

New Track: Crystal Castles – “Frail”

DETAILS

RELEASED: May 25, 2010
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Fiction
GENRE: Electronic
WEBSITE: www.crystalcastles.com
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# 18 - Drowned in Sound
# 33 - musicOMH
# 31 - NME
# 15 - One Thirty BPM
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# 6 - Slant
# 21 - Spin
# 12 - Stereogum
Track List
  1. Fainting Spells 
  2. Celestica 
  3. Doe Deer 
  4. Baptism 
  5. Year of Silence 
  6. Empathy 
  7. Suffocation 
  8. Violent Dreams 
  9. Vietnam 
  10. Birds 
  11. Pap Smear 
  12. Not in Love
  13. Intimate 
  14. I Am Made of Chalk
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