AOTY 2019
Crystal Castles - (II)
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2010 Ratings: #306 / 865
Year End Rank: #48
User Score
Based on 378 ratings
2010 Ratings: #29
May 25, 2010 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Pitchfork
Crystal Castles return with a second self-titled album, embracing a more direct pop sound while retaining the sharp edges that made their debut so compelling.
80
PopMatters

They’ve made a bigger, denser, more accessible record but in so doing, have not lost sight of their strengths—rather, those strengths now shine through even more clearly.

MothaOfMotha12
19
𝓒 𝓐 𝓝 𝓒 𝓔 𝓛 𝓔 𝓓, 𝓟 𝓔 𝓡 𝓘 𝓞 𝓓. 𝓕𝓤𝓒𝓚 𝓒𝓡𝓨𝓢𝓣𝓐𝓛 𝓒𝓐𝓢𝓣𝓛𝓔𝓢 𝓤𝓦𝓤, 𝓘 𝓗𝓐𝓣𝓔 𝓣𝓗𝓔𝓜 :))
KIDWITHGUNs
87
Amazing

[SJO Counter: 16]

I found myself enjoying this more than expected, this basically isn't on the same level as the first, but this is just as colourful and dynamic.
TheBravesDH
82
It's loud and it bangs. If it's good enough for Robert Smith to cosign, then it should be good enough for you.
Doofy
69
Has the frantic edge that I found to be missing from the follow up album.

That quality is a deal maker with this sort of style.

Why am I working through their discography in reverse (and very slowly?) I don’t know.
lukassantiago3
88
Crystal Castles's second album is a near-perfect match between a pure pop perfection and the exotic performance of electronic music.
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Track List

  1. Fainting Spells 
  2. Celestica 
  3. Doe Deer 
  4. Baptism 
  5. Year of Silence 
  6. Empathy 
  7. Suffocation 
  8. Violent Dreams 
  9. Vietnam 
  10. Birds 
  11. Pap Smear 
  12. Not in Love
  13. Intimate 
  14. I Am Made of Chalk
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