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Universal acclaim- based on 105 Ratings

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  • Summary: The debut full-length album for the Toronto duo of Ethan Kath and Alice Grass.

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Crimewave
Eyes lit I want short breaths I found dark eye lids Nice breasts Like the summer into rough hands Eyes lit I want short breaths I found dark... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. With Crystal Castles’ infectious, eclectic music, this is easily one of the highlights of the year and a great addition to the super-genre that is electronic music.
  2. Crystal Castles leaves its mark as an electro record that challenges, succeeding and failing all at once, and perhaps most important, never forgetting the primary goal of dance music.
  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.
  4. All told, it's pleasant to actually have a buzz album that lives up to expectations; long after people stop talking about them, this album will still be a surprising and compelling listen.
  5. Under The Radar
    70
    Lyrics? Hardly intelligible. But when the beats are this good, words barely matter anyway. [Spring 2008, p.88]
  6. 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]
  7. Crystal Castles is definitely a fun listen just don’t expect something highly experimental or interesting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. ThomasM.
    May 6, 2008
    10
    Who cares if previously released stuff is compiled here and there is little new material? It's all friggin' awesome.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Mar 31, 2008
    10
    Wow! This will definitely be one of the best albums of the year. The consistency of awesomeness throughout the album is incredible. It's Wow! This will definitely be one of the best albums of the year. The consistency of awesomeness throughout the album is incredible. It's practically impossible not to want to get up and dance when you hear "Black Panther." And tracks like "Love and Caring," with it's angry shouting and loud noise perfectly complement more relaxed but equally incredible tracks like "Magic Spells" Expand
  3. Aug 13, 2016
    10
    wow... such amazing album.. i love 8bit sound, it reminds me 2006-07... love, love, love,. Magic Spells, Vanished, Courtship Dating, Crimewavewow... such amazing album.. i love 8bit sound, it reminds me 2006-07... love, love, love,. Magic Spells, Vanished, Courtship Dating, Crimewave are the best. Also Trash Hologram. least fav: air war, reckless. THNX ETHAN Expand
  4. JeremyF.
    Mar 29, 2008
    8
    This is a delightful little tight package of dancey, electro blips and bloops and grinds and whirs that accumulate to a victorious work. The This is a delightful little tight package of dancey, electro blips and bloops and grinds and whirs that accumulate to a victorious work. The vocals in "Untrust Us" aren't even complete words, just scraps of what were once [presumably] words. However, despite the wordlessness, this song contains the best melody of the record, and is one of the best songs of the year thus far. "Crimewave" is pure fun electro-dance, and "Good Time" is a lighthearted bopping number. "Alice Practice" is filled with Glass' otherworldly screams and cries, while "Courtship Dating" is an even less accessible jumble of senselessness. "Magic Spells" is pretty, but too long, and aside from that, it's fine. This is a great cd with few missteps. Fun to last for years. (And it also makes me want to dust off my SNES...) Expand
  5. Nov 23, 2011
    8
    Among the most distinctive acts to appear in the second half of the noughties were Crystal Castles. They are not really famous for music butAmong the most distinctive acts to appear in the second half of the noughties were Crystal Castles. They are not really famous for music but for their riot-like gigs. Alice Glass, the vocalist, would scream, run, climb, dive, spit, and who knows what else. Even a serious injury could not stop her from playing. She is the face of the duo but as usual in such cases the mastermind stays in the shadow. Ethan Khan, the producer, is responsible for Crystal Castlesâ Expand
  6. Sep 23, 2010
    7
    The debut album from Crystal Castles makes an impression right out of the gate and goes on to take the listener for a wild ride across it'sThe debut album from Crystal Castles makes an impression right out of the gate and goes on to take the listener for a wild ride across it's sixteen energetic tracks. Flashing back and forth from melodic 8 bit inspired tunes to screeching noise pop it evokes a sound that people either love passionately or despise; very few people fall anywhere between these two extremes. Expand
  7. 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 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. Expand

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