Crystal Castles - (III)
Critic Score
Based on 30 reviews
2012 Rank: #318 / 929
User Score
Based on 170 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

Jul 15, 2015*
SiberianBreaks
43
Much more cohesive with bringing in the dark atmospheres which is something I've always wanted to see from this group, but in return, all the playfulness from the creative production work to Alice's wild, vocal performances - what solidified them as one of the most shocking and exciting groups to come from this century - is virtually non-existent. Plus, I just never got into the witch house hype at all so my enjoyment of this album was sadly doomed from the start.

Favourite tracks: Sad Eyes, ... read more
Apr 26, 2015
Gupla
85
(III) es aún más oscuro y siniestro que (II), con letras muy deprimentes, y un ambiente muy negro.
Dec 7, 2012
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.
Aug 6, 2017
orengue
55
My favorite album of this duo and also the darkest one. So attractive
May 10, 2016
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
END OF YEAR LISTS
#4/NME
#34/Spinner
#39/Consequence of Sound
#47/Obscure Sound
#49/Pitchfork
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


Added on: September 26, 2012