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Crystal Castles

Crystal CastlesAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 18, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Last Gang Records
  • ASIN: B0013KCCKC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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Electronic music is constantly ready to evolve, a point Crystal Castles seem determined to prove on their self-titled debut. They come from a heavily retro/electro place in the spectrum, wallowing in bits of debris from the ‘80s: video game bleeps and pixilated sounds found deep in the Casio archive. But it’s all twisted up, prodded past redundancy or homage to a state that feels genuinely innovative. How do they manage this? Part of the answer is in Alice Glass’s vocals, which are endlessly malleable; she can punk-scream her way through blizzards of squeaky noise ("Alice Practice," "Love and Caring") or get cute ("Good Time") without breaking character. But the real secrets to their reinvention, ironically enough, are in old-school details like melody, hooks and unpredictable, fun songwriting. All the boops, bleeps and whirs in the world can’t distract from the catchiness of songs like "Black Panther" and "Air War." Still, it must be said that listening to the record is vaguely unnerving at times; you feel a bit like Pac-Man stuck in his blocky maze. And yeah, some songs stretch invention into irritation (the unlistenable "Xxzxcuzx Me"). On the other hand, it never fails to be interesting and repeated listens smooth out the edges just enough to appreciate the band’s careful shading and confidence. So open your mind, enjoy the rampant creativity, and don’t eat the ghosts until they turn blue. –Matthew Cooke

Product Description

2008 debut album from the Toronto-based duo, who have amassed a cult following through their uncompromising and intense delivery, a slew of limited edition singles, and shows packed solely by word of mouth. Their vinyl singles have sold out instantly, they have toured extensively in the UK, Europe and North America with artists such as Metric and the Klaxons, and remixed songs for Bloc Party and the Klaxons among others. Substantial support from Pitchfork and the rest of the blogsphere with over 10,000 MySpace plays a day. Crystal Castles are making everyone's 'Band to Watch' list for 2008.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. May 12, 2008
Format:Audio CD
It's early, but I'm already going to claim this album of the year.

Since purchasing this record, I have not been able to put it down! Know that it is definitely not for everybody... some people won't be able to stand the weird assembly of glitchy atari sounds, but it is done in such a seamless way... and it becomes reminiscent of driving at night to some underground discotheque in Europe.

Ethan and Alice are the duo behind CC, and they do not disappoint. Alice's voice mimics that of "cute little girl tries to scream and sing on garage record (a la. CSS)" but I find her voice to be very appropriate, however it may be interpreted. Sometimes screaming, sometimes lulling... and the same goes for the music. Sometimes overwhelming, often soothing.

A definite buy.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More solid beats than experiments April 30, 2008
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- House drum patterns throughout
- Ranges from happy electro to punkish glitch to introspective house
- Strong 80's dance pulse
- Very pleasant form of bleep-bloop music w/o much ugly noise
- Like a more human / DIY version of The Knife
- Experimental compared to most indie-pop, but very poppy compared to most noise groups
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atari 5200 on acid May 10, 2008
By Kikster
Format:MP3 Music
As a child of the 80s, much of this sound is eerily familiar to me. It's somehow refreshing even while the beats creep deeper into my skull. Part dance, part techno, part rave, part Atari 5200, with a bit of anime thrown in. It's difficult to put down, so I highly recommend.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing March 25, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I first saw/heard of Crystal Castles when they were opening for Metric in the fall of 2007, and ever since I've been in love. Despite a crowd that was not into them they still managed to rock out and put on a show. I had never seen an opening act as good as Crystal Castles, and I'm not sure I will again. This album is unbelievable, and sort of undefinable. I like to call it Industrial Electronica Nintendo Goth Art Music. You know a band is good when they don't even need coherent sentences or words at all to make a good song, and Crystal Castles pulls this off like pros. If your taste in music leans toward the somewhat abnormal and open to anything way then Crystal Castles is for you.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chiptune! April 22, 2008
By D. Dowd
Format:MP3 Music
I love this album! It's a very solid effort considering it's their debut. If you like electronic music and liked what your 8bit Nintendo sounded like, check these guys out. You wont be disappointed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing March 31, 2008
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Crystal Castles is amazing, and the funny thing is they are hard to describe!? It's 80's arcade sounds, house, dance, pop, craziness. Very addicting, and I've found my friends like it quite a bit even though it's not something they normally listen to. Great stuff, highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electronic Meltdown June 29, 2009
Format:Audio CD
There's a lot that can be said of Crystal Castles. You could call them ignorant in reference to their alleged illegal use of Trevor Brown's artwork on T-shirts and posters. You could even call them pompous for claiming to have no influences whatsoever. Call them what you choose, but you'd be foolish to say their self-titled debut is anything short of top notch new rave. Ethan Kath and Alice Glass may be reckless with their egos, but they bring the goods when it comes to their music.

Their self-titled debut, turns its face on the robotic, emotionless stereotype of electronic music and injects within it attitude and raw edge. That's in part due to the vocal styling of Alice Glass. Rather than sing effortlessly over computer-generated beats, Glass screams and pleads in a punk-like fashion through lyrics riddled of pent-up aggression and uninhibited angst. The debut does have its calmer moments, but if you are looking for an album with a consistent pace, you most certainly won't find it here. "Untrust Us" opens the album with a modestly up-tempo approach centering around two lines of Spanish, informing that cocaine isn't good for your health. Possibly a drug awareness campaign or a recognition of bad habits... who knows? The album shifts into high gear with the barely audible XXZXCUZX ME. The track sounds of a 1980s videogame, 8-bit meltdown. And as if that weren't enough to listen to, Glass' lyrics ride the line of madness. "Just because we don't feel flesh, doesn't mean we don't fear death." But fear not, because the album slows from running full speed ahead to nearly a crawl on its closing track. Tell Me What To Swallow brings the album to a haunting, almost shoe-gazing atmosphere, with its whispers, vulnerability, and overall sense of emptiness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great intriguing danceable alt electronica February 9, 2009
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At first I bought this and didn't take to this album it was too much electronic noise, but I heard a track at a club, Crimewave, and fell in love with the great driving 80's electronica beats, weird synth sounds, and computer altered voices. I could listen to this one over and over again and not be bored.

Some of the songs, I can't stand like Alice Practice, Xxzxcuzx Me, Love and Caring, and Through the Hosiery - way too much electronic noise for my taste.

The other standouts on this album are Courtship Dating, Good Time, Vanished, Tell Me What to Swallow. The beginning of Courtship Dating sounds like it was sampled from a bad pop song at the beginning, but as soon as you hit 22 secs the lush layering of sounds, beats, electronic noises, and intriguing lyrics are incredibly catchy. I love the enigmatic lyrics - you can barely grasp what they're trying to say. Good Times is just a catchy loop of solid 80s inspired pop kinda Missing Persons sounding without the quirky female voice - can get a little annoying with the repetition if you don't like it. Vanished is spacey, catchy, and haunting - has hints of New Order in the refrain. Tell Me What to Swallow - bare, acoustic, dark, and enchanting - hints of a darker Kate Bush.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Crystal Castles forever
Published 1 month ago by cameron kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars It's good.
One of my favourite bands. The CD came in great condition; band new, and no damage.
Published 1 month ago by S.Lagos
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great album
Published 2 months ago by eli c myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Next Gen Bitter Sweet Electronica ~ !!
In the 80's...Cure (old cure esp'ly), new order, depeche mode, kraftwerk....

Music that let you dance....lose yourself....as if there were no tomorrrow... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ms. Wysteria
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe I just found this album now.....
Wow! Amazing, awesome to run too. Reminds me of my childhood playing video games. If your in your 30's you will totally understand listening to this album. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amber
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not for everyone
Not for me. Random nintendo sounds thrown into music. I was expecting something a bit different. Not terrible at all, just not for me
Published 5 months ago by Adam Bauman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is one of my favorite albums. I love the simplicity of it, and I really enjoy the arrangement of the songs.
Published 6 months ago by J. Hencoski
4.0 out of 5 stars New record?
Split binding upon arrival.......only making a point because the only reason people buy NEW records is to have NEW album art.
Published 7 months ago by Peter Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
Crystal Castles are a great band this is there original raw sound so it's amazing to listen to. Especially Alice Practice since it was just a song Alice was literally Practicing... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Heather Wade
5.0 out of 5 stars AH LOVE CC
SO GREAT LOVEEED IT THIS IS THEIR BEST ALBUM AHHHH PLEASE BUY IT THEY ARE SO WONDERFUL THEIR SONGS ARE THE EPITOME OF MY EXISTENCE
Published 11 months ago by MachuPichu
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