Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2008 Ratings: #320 / 749
Year End Rank: #45
User Score
Based on 457 ratings
2008 Ratings: #39
Liked by 8 people
March 18, 2008 / Release Date
LP / Format
Different, PIAS, Last Gang, Lies / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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Consequence of Sound
With their self-titled, full-length debut, Crystal Castles have become the next big thing to music fans and the music press. But then again, they do have a similar pedigrees to many other acts who have at one point or another, donned the same title, so maybe it shouldn’t come as much as a surprise…
Drowned in Sound

Glass’s voice, too, is the same that’s been luring lusty seamen onto the rocks for millennia, but the way it and the drums are textured – so that the machines they’re passed through sound like they’re melting away – brings Crystal Castles to the outer edges of greatness.

As media characters, they may be difficult to love, but it’s easy to get seriously smitten with the music. New rave is over. The likes of frYars, Late Of The Pier and Crystal Castles are taking electro into darker, more interesting territory. No glowstick required.
On their self-titled debut, Crystal Castles (aka Ethan Kath and Alice Glass) hurl eight-bit bleeps, bloops, and noise as relentlessly as Space Invaders marching down a screen, turning these sounds into sometimes chaotic, sometimes moody synth pop with a jagged edge.
Resident Advisor

What consequently appears contradictory on paper somehow sounds terribly coherent on album, and the duo’s eponymous long player reveals itself to be an engaging beast.

This isn’t music made by humans, but characters–the kind found in grainy fantasy cartoons and garage-sale videogames. If you can buy into that world, this is an album that flirts with brilliance.

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.

The Guardian
It's all manic with youthful enthusiasm but unsatisfyingly feels half-finished, as if Crystal Castles are still struggling to mould these wonderful sounds into something coherent.
edit: It Grew on me a Lot!!!!!!!!!! but it still isn't the best thing ever, but at least i like it :0

You know that one electronic album that you hate, well it made a trip to Hot Topic, and when it left, it said "uwu, sksksksksksk, omg, and I oop"

So, Crystal Castles is a band that made a shitty album that everyone seems to like. It sounds dated. Its so dated, it should've been called Tuesday 18 March 2008. They made a basic electronic, and everyone praised. How does that shit work. ... read more
The vibe that I get everytime I listen to “Untrust Us” can be revered by me as nothing less than a monumental achievement
The idea of this album is better than the reality for most of the runtime.

Compositionally speaking, more than a little bit flimsy.

Disappointing because when it's good it's very good.
they really do be vibin
#100 of Benny’s Top 100 Favorite Albums

This one was a very fun and easy listen. I loved the vocals and the catchy chiptune. It feels like I’m trapped in a video game, and it’s a video game I feel like i’m going to be coming back to a lot.

best tracks: untrust us, courtship dating, through the hosiery, reckless

worst tracks: xxzxcuzx me, good time, love and caring
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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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