- (III)

Crystal Castles - (III)
CRITIC SCORE
74
Based on 27 reviews
2012 Rank: #286 / 880
USER SCORE
76
Based on
125 ratings

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90
NME

In toning down the shock and awe, they’ve revealed the beating heart at the centre of their work.

86
Paste

There’s something to be said of their “if it ain’t broke” methods, and this latest entry is a testament to their skill. Make no mistake: (III) is a great album. 

80
The 405

(III) may not be as shocking or challenging as I or even II, but it does mark progression for Crystal Castles, with some highly impressive dance tracks in one aspect, and moments of haunting tenderness in another.

80
Pitchfork

The success of (III) is how it brings you close enough to the evil that men do to be shocked, repulsed, and affected by it.

80
Drowned in Sound

I still can’t make up my mind whether Crystal Castles peaked too early and are now coasting, or if this is their new peak.

80
Consequence of Sound

III is less playful than the duo’s previous couple of offerings, but it’s thematic mood is much tighter and more fully realized.

80
No Ripcord

Rarely is an electronic album like sparked with such radical confidence.

80
PopMatters

(III) is the sound of two people jumping off the edge of the world by their own free will.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

(III) is worthwhile in that it is an interesting take on dance music, yet that doesn’t seem quite enough for a group predicated on delivering an onslaught of emotional energy.

70
FACT Magazine

In running time and number of songs, (III) may be their shortest album, but it’s also their most cohesive personal statement yet.

60
musicOMH

It isn't what you'd expect with Crystal Castles. Normally you're left wondering at what point in proceedings they're going to try and set fire to your carpet.

60
The Fly

A quantum leap it ain’t – and Glass could do with putting her fangs back in – but ‘(III)’ has just enough up its sleeve to keep Crystal Castles on track.

50
A.V. Club

Instead of anarchist dance jams full of crunchy 8-bit noise, (III) is more like a static-filled radio station fading in and out of range. 

50
Under The Radar

What’s left is moodier and muddier, overly dark and rarely danceable, with little of the excitement or energy we’re used to from this band.

SiberianBreaks
24
Crystal Castles' second album brought a lot of potential for the band for the dark, gothic tracks that it had. This album contains almost none of that greatness. On this album, they're sounding way more monotonous and dated than ever with these bland, witch house songs. I just don't feel any of the infectious energy or excitement that was present on their previous albums.

Favourite tracks: Child I Will Hurt You
Raincoat
53
A huge step back for Crystal Castles, (III) lacks any of the mad energy from their debut — which might not be a problem if it wasn't the reason they were so good in the first place.

Highlight: Transgender
Celestico
58
+ : Plague | Transgender | Child I Will Hurt You
- : Kerosene |Telepath | Mercenary
EMR
43
Crystal Castles trade pretty much all of their crazy and distinct signature sounds from the two previous records for a more accessible and bland sonority with less intriguing songwriting and a particularly lifeless production style. There are still some decent electronic beats here and there, but overall, the duo let go of the playfulness and strange aesthetics that had drawn attention to their output before, indulging in some witchcraft territory that sounds really basic and uneventful. Maybe ... read more
Gupla
85
(III) es aún más oscuro y siniestro que (II), con letras muy deprimentes, y un ambiente muy negro.
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DETAILS

November 12, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fiction/Universal/Casablanca / Label
Electronic / Genres
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# 4 - NME
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Track List
  1. Plague 
  2. Kerosene 
  3. Wrath of God 
  4. Affection 
  5. Pale Flesh 
  6. Sad Eyes 
  7. Insulin 
  8. Transgender 
  9. Violent Youth 
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Added on: September 26, 2012