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Crystal Castles - (III)
Critic Score
Based on 31 reviews
2012 Ratings: #363 / 955
User Score
Based on 257 ratings
2012 Ratings: #203
November 12, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fiction/Universal/Casablanca / Label
Electronic / Genres
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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.

midnightbabe
79
This record was the calm before the storm for Crystal Castles. The storm being, of course, the really awful follow-up album, and all the allegations against Ethan Kath, the famed producer of CC. However, we must accept some songs in here are truly fantastic, regardless of what kind of awful person produced them.

Plague, the opening track, is a great dance song with some really off-kilter drums. The chorus in here is so explosive and anxiety-inducing it's really great.

It is followed by one of ... read more
RyanDWessel
80
Original Score: 50

I completely forgot that every single song on this album is fucking iconic.
holsgr
71
( ☆☆☆ ) good/average work
wedanceonrepeat
93
Plague - 10
Kerosene - 10
Wrath of God - 10
Affection - 8
Pale Flesh - 8
Sad Eyes - 10
Insulin - 10
Transgender - 10
Violent Youth - 8
Telepath - 10
Mercenary - 9
Child I Will Hurt You - 8
Chessless
44
weak
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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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