Crystal Castles

User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 80
  2. Negative: 5 out of 80

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  1. MarcR.
    May 10, 2008
    1
    Too bad the band accumulated a reputation of being innovative and building an atari-chip based keyboard while all they did is to ripp off existing songs from other people without giving them proper credit.
  2. LukaT.
    Apr 4, 2008
    3
    Only a few new tracks, not surprised. They could have done much much better than this. The problem with Crystal Castle is that they tend to do both brilliant exciting songs and boring unbearable aborted experimentations. I was hoping they would concentrate on new fresh material for the album, including only a few "hits" from what they had made available on myspace previously. Instead, Only a few new tracks, not surprised. They could have done much much better than this. The problem with Crystal Castle is that they tend to do both brilliant exciting songs and boring unbearable aborted experimentations. I was hoping they would concentrate on new fresh material for the album, including only a few "hits" from what they had made available on myspace previously. Instead, most of the tracks are stuff we've heard before, and sadly the few best tracks are the new ones. I say sadly because it shows that if they really had worked on the album, we would have had a mass killer album full of new unheard tracks, which is not the case here. Expand
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. It's clear that Kath and Glass are already looking for more ways to expand on this familiar-sounding, edgy, innocent, menacing, bold, nuanced, and altogether striking debut.
  2. Alternative Press
    60
    Crystal Castles is gloriously danceable and hopelessly chic. But really, it's... hearing only...judging is... you know? [Apr 2008, p.162]
  3. 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.