- Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
CRITIC SCORE
73
Based on 18 reviews
2010 Rank: #309 / 816
USER SCORE
82
Based on
150 ratings

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80
PopMatters

They’ve made a bigger, denser, more accessible record but in so doing, have not lost sight of their strengths—rather, those strengths now shine through even more clearly.

JediMark
82
Alice Glass excels in those songs in which her voice is not distorted and buried under the abrasive sound, I think that it could be the reason why this album has better users ratings than their other two LPs where noise prevails over the voice.

Picks: Suffocation / Empathy / Year of Silence / Intimate / Not in Love ft. Robert Smith / Celestica / Vietnam
Celestico
85
+ : Celestica | Baptism | Year Of Silence | Vietnam
- : I Am Made Of Chalk
EMR
73
The very distinct, noisy sound that highlighted their great debut seem distant now, but even so, the canadian duo manages to craft some obscure, night-drive feels with these club-oriented synth-pop tracks that resemble more than ever some other musical outputs of recent such as Trust (not a bad thing, though). On II, Crystal Castles show their efficiency in crafting good electronic beats with compelling synth lines and bassy low-ends in yet another pretty good album. The voice is not nearly as ... read more
SiberianBreaks
74
They've succeeded in making a bigger album than the debut, but I feel that some of the magic is gone. It's not nearly as consistent or as playful to me. Still, they had something really great going for them with the darker, gothic style.

Favourite tracks: Baptism, Vietnam, Not in Love
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.
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DETAILS

May 25, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fiction / Label
Electronic / Genres
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# 18 - Drowned in Sound
# 33 - musicOMH
# 31 - NME
# 15 - One Thirty BPM
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# 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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