Crystal Castles - (III)

Crystal Castles - (III)
CRITIC SCORE
74
Based on 21 reviews
2012 Rank: #234 / 684
USER SCORE
77
Based on
87 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
NME
NME

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

86
Paste
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
Pitchfork
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
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
PopMatters
PopMatters

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

80
Consequence of Sound
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
No Ripcord

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

80
The 405
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.

75
Pretty Much Amazing
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
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
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
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
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
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.

User Reviews
SiberianBreaks
60
Crystal Castles release their last album and it was pretty disappointing in my opinion. While I love the dark and creepy nature of this album, it just sounded a bit too samey for me. There are simply not many standouts in this album for me to consider this a great album.

Favourite tracks: Kerosene, Wrath Of God, Sad Eyes, Violent Youth, Child I Will Hurt You
100
Crystal Castles displays some of the best sounds in electronic music yet again. With their heavy synths, and each tracks glitchy beat. This album deserves to be listened to.
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DETAILS

RELEASED: November 12, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Fiction/Universal/Casablanca
GENRE: Electronic
WEBSITE: www.crystalcastles.com
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 39 - Consequence of Sound
# 4 - NME
# 47 - Obscure Sound
# 49 - Pitchfork
# 34 - Spinner
MISC LISTS
# 35 - Drowned in Sound
# 25 - Pitchfork Readers
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 
  10. Telepath 
  11. Mercenary 
  12. Child I Will Hurt You
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Added on: September 26, 2012