- Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
CRITIC SCORE
73
Based on 14 reviews
2008 Rank: #225 / 661
USER SCORE
81
Based on
119 ratings

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78
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Crystal Castles prefer traveling light. While the hotly-tipped and already hotly-contested Toronto duo's basement party set-up doesn't look like it'll fill up the passenger seat on a tour van, they also like to play fast and loose with their associations. They've remixed at a Hot Chip-like pace for everyone from Bloc Party to Uffie to Klaxons, but they're not a part of your nu-rave genre (really, who is?), or blog house for that matter. Their de

but LP partly picks from 7" and 12"s that have been available in some format since 2005, and it's every bit as difficult to pin down.

User Reviews
Nov 17, 2015
Celestico
55
+ : Vanished | Untrust Us | Courtship Dating | Knights
- : Good Time | Alice Practice | Love & Caring | Tell Me What To Swallow
Nov 5, 2015
EMR
78
Crystal Castles' self-titled debut remains as their tour-de-force with their most distinct and eccentric collection of tracks that really bring out the band's initial proposal and trademark sound that highlighted their breakthrough. Here, the riot and playfulness of their youth shines through in some kind of video-game-like frenzy, as the band samples many 8-bit sounds and incorporate them to their sometimes messy and chaotic, sometimes rythmic and danceable compositions. The vocals also play a ... read more
Jul 15, 2015
SiberianBreaks
82
Crystal Castles' debut was quite the experience for me back then and it's the one I prefer out of all their work just for how consistent and straightforward it is. I haven't heard anything like it before. I still love coming back to hear the great, infectious beats and Alice's unforgiving, chaotic voice. It still sounds pretty fresh to me today so I can't really say that it has aged badly.

Favourite tracks: Untrust Us, Crimewave, Vanished
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DETAILS

March 18, 2008 / Release Date
LP / Format
Lies Records / Last / Label
Electronic / Genres
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# 25 - Consequence of Sound
# 15 - Drowned in Sound
# 12 - NME
# 15 - Pitchfork
# 17 - PopMatters
MISC LISTS
# 39 - NME (2000s)
# 477 - NME Top 500 of All Time
Track List
  1. Untrust Us
  2. Alice Practice
  3. Crimewave
  4. Magic Spells
  5. Xxzxcuzx Me
  6. Air War
  7. Courtship Dating
  8. Good Time
  9. 1991
  10. Vanished
  11. Knights
  12. Love and Caring
  13. Through the Hosiery
  14. Reckless
  15. Black Panther
  16. Tell Me What to Swallow
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