Alight Of Night


Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Alight Of Night is a garage-weaned, art rock, squat-dirty masterpiece.
  2. Quite simply, Alight Of Night is one of the most breathtaking records these ears have been partial to in a long while, and even if Crystal Stilts never make another record, their legacy is assured.
  3. The crepuscular glow of this quartet should be embraced.
  4. It makes for a workmanlike listen. For all the frills of doom and cadences of industry firing on all greasy pistons, the dynamics at hand are simple, rounded up summarily when the album presents its glaring contradictions as a matter of fact
  5. Crystal Stilts make terrific use of their recycled material, appropriating favorite forebears' brooding moves (and their richly endowed signifiers), and contributing their own deft hooks and stealth energy.
  6. They give the old noise pop formula enough of a kick to make this a very worthwhile addition to any noise pop fan's collection.
  7. You'll find more wit and invention on a solitary track by Ethan Kath and Alice Glass than you will on this depressingly retro and lumpen homage to a scene that wasn't even all that back in the day.
  8. Easily the most exhilarating rock 'n' roll record to emerge in 2008.
  9. Under The Radar
    Alright of Night is an auspicious opening volley from a NYC act that exhibits boundless potential. [Year End 2008]
  10. The sound on Alight of Night is a swinging, noisy, glammy and overall dark evolution of garage rock.
  11. Mojo
    Alight Of Night is devoid of current context, making for a weird timelessness. A treat. [Mar 2009, p.108]
  12. Urb
    Deceptively primitive-sounding, Alight Of Night is the definition of a "grower." [Nov/Dec 2008, p.84]
  13. Ghostly pop transmissions from buzzy Brooklynites.
  14. This, of course, can be a drag, but when said influences are as carefully picked, pristinely melded, and precisely replicated as they are in the case of Crystal Stilts, it can be a real blast.
  15. Uncut
    Eventually Brad Hargett's depressive baritone voice will get you down, but not before it has demanded your attention. [Apr 2009, p.87]
  16. 60
    Brooklyn's Crystal Stilts filter trembling surf guitar and tambourine shakes through echoing chambers of effects until their wistful, barely-there tunes seem to dramatically float out of murky, cavernous depths.
  17. The Wire
    This is one of the best garage pop sides sine The Chills' own "Brave Words." [Dec 2008, p.70]
  18. These songs are dull because they are about dullness, as sad movies are sad because they are about sadness.
  19. 60
    Every song on debut Alight Of Night seems to be falling apart, mostly because vocalist Brad Hargett’s melodies are off the map.
  20. Simply put, it's a decent album. There are a handful of great tracks and handful of tankers. The rest is just kind of there.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 2, 2011
    A brilliant blend of best moments from Velvet Underground,Pulp Fiction soundtrack and Joy Division.
    This album brings light and warmth to my
    A brilliant blend of best moments from Velvet Underground,Pulp Fiction soundtrack and Joy Division.
    This album brings light and warmth to my heart during along Siberian winter.
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