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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: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Sep 29, 2019
    10
    Good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love to listen for it while im going to school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. Mar 25, 2021
    10
    I remember how mind-blowing this album was back in the day. 13 years later and it still sounds relevant. The noise, the screams, the dirtyI remember how mind-blowing this album was back in the day. 13 years later and it still sounds relevant. The noise, the screams, the dirty sound, all brought to perfection. This can't possibly be described. Expand
  3. 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.
  4. TylerW
    Jun 7, 2009
    9
    A shame this album isn't rated higher, by critics or 'fans'. The sample argument is weak at best, seeing as only a couple A shame this album isn't rated higher, by critics or 'fans'. The sample argument is weak at best, seeing as only a couple tracks used them & even then doesn't deduce from the quality. Daft Punk, for example, used samples on some of their biggest hits, and they're far superior to the original. True, CC did deny some of the samples until proven true, but that doesn't mean the songs were bad. Stop rating an album on the action of the band. The CD in general is a great and unique addition to a genre that already has so much great music in it. Ethan Kath, also known for various remixes, has a very creative mind for music composition, while Alice Glass brings appeal with ear splitting vocals that have no business in electronic music, but increases the quality still yet. Musically, the album is tremendous. Nearly every track is something new and surprisingly addictive. Lyrically, it has a lot of rude truth to it, but truth nonetheless. Tracks like Air War, which is easily the best literary reading(the lyrics are taken from James Joyce's Ulysses) in any song I've ever heard, Alice Practice, XXZXCUZX Me and Black Panther make the album worth the buy. There are only a couple misses with the album.. Magic Spells is a little dragged out, both musically and lyrically(which was taken from the TV show V) and sometimes, while very crucial to the music, the distorted vocals can get a bit unnerving. At the end of the CD however, you come away knowing you've heard something new. Something that'll be in your head for a long time. Something that you'll compare future bands of the same genre to. Most importantly, you'll come back for another listen. Expand
  5. Nov 3, 2010
    8
    Love these blip blops! Seriously love this duo so much. Deserves higher rating but like most good music it is left behind underrated justLove these blip blops! Seriously love this duo so much. Deserves higher rating but like most good music it is left behind underrated just because it's a different sound. That different sound is what makes Crystal Castles so unique and great. Expand
  6. Aug 2, 2020
    8
    Crystal Castles' first project strikes us very harshly. It's kind of a compilation of noisy and rhythmic sounds. Lyrics are hard to take inCrystal Castles' first project strikes us very harshly. It's kind of a compilation of noisy and rhythmic sounds. Lyrics are hard to take in account because some songs are just instrumentals. And when it's not the case it is hard to undertsand because the words are shouted or over-mixed.
    Some of the tracks are really agressive and barely created in a metal way, In the opposite, other songs are really catchy and/or calm and ambient. Once you have discovered those tracks. it is easy to enjoy them even if you are not into electronic music.
    In conclusion 'Crystal Catsles' is an amazing album to explore. It demands to be open-minded at the beginning but then becomes rousing and deep. Released in 2008, i am still listening to it in 2020. An unavoidable piece of work.
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  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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