Crystal Castles - (III)

Crystal Castles - (III)
CRITIC SCORE
73
Based on 25 reviews
2012 Rank: #291 / 797
USER SCORE
76
Based on
97 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.

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User Reviews
SiberianBreaks
38
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
Gupla
85
(III) es aún más oscuro y siniestro que (II), con letras muy deprimentes, y un ambiente muy negro.
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

November 12, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fiction/Universal/Casablanca / Label
Electronic / Genres
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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


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