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  • Audio CD (May 25, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motown / Universal
  • ASIN: B003IHA2LO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,058 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fainting Spells
2. Celestica
3. Doe Deer
4. Baptism
5. Year of Silence
6. Empathy
7. Suffocation
8. Violent Dreams
9. Vietnam
10. Birds
11. Pap Smear
12. Not In Love
13. Intimate
14. I Am Made of Chalk

Editorial Reviews

2010 album from the critically acclaimed duo. Ethan Kath and Alice Glass have created an unexpected level of excitement and cult loyalty, clocking up a staggering 50 million plays on MySpace and Lastfm and headlining sold out tours around the world. Produced by Ethan Kath, tracks were recorded and written in contrasting environments around the world, including a church in Iceland, a self-built cabin in Ontario, and a garage behind an abandoned convenience store in Detroit.

Customer Reviews

That being said, buy this album, its great.
author973
Some songs you have to get through a few annoyances before they get good but all in all 75% of this album I enjoy.
crgremore
Like nature, the music in the album is often chaotic, but always maintains a sort of harmony to it as well.
Douglas King

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Loudon on June 2, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Crystal Castles took video game tonality to a whole new level with their self-titled debut. Simple melodies electronically spelled out in front of brilliantly executed club beats were all the convincing critics needed for stellar reviews. Although Crystal Castles was embraced exponentially more in Europe, they rode the coat tails of bands like Daft Punk and Justice into American clubs.

With their second self-titled album, Crystal Castles have maintained a great deal of that 8-bit Atari sound while expanding and evolving into something much more. It is possible fans may find their new samples a bit less endearing with decreased nostalgia for sounds of their childhood, but the duo made up of Ethan Kath and Alice Glass certainly have some tricks up their sleeves that are worth giving a chance.

Crystal Castles opens with "Fainting Spells," a sort of nod to the duo's previous work, relies on a great deal of classic samples while discernable lyrics remain absent. As soon as "Celestica" begins, however, it is clear Crystal Castles have opted for change. Low bit samples are replaced with shimmering synthesizers that float above Alice Glass' vocals. Rather than continuing this relaxed club feel into the body of the record, "Doe Deer" provides Crystal Castles with a chaotic twist on the very next track.

One of the shining moments of the sophomore album comes from a techno cover of Sigur Ros' "Year of Silence." With music that nearly defines the opposite of Sigur Ros' musical style, Jonsi's vocals blend perfectly with the rhythmic style Crystal Castles has created.

With their second self-titled album, there is certainly plenty of creativity full of sounds never heard before in popular music.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By IcemanJ VINE VOICE on February 9, 2011
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I want to start off by saying I really don't listen to much of this music type. But one day, I was hungering for something that was a completely different direction than my normal taste. I had just bought about 20 doom metal CD's in the last few months, and I had pretty much exhausted all the new artists I would find there for a while. So I was thinking there's got to be some good electronic music out there. Something that isn't your boring rave/techno pulsating beat we all know. I stumbled upon the "chiptune" genre, and while I thought many of those artists were pretty cool, most of them sounded a little too video-gamey and sounded like they were limiting themselves. So with the help of a good online radio program, I stumbled upon Crystal Castles. I kept playing their station and loved every song I heard. They seem to take the chiptune genre a bit further - while having some 8-bit sounds in there, they add more modern tones and vocals, more polished production, and their own unique sound and experimentation, making for a sort of indie-electro feel.

It's really hard to explain why I like this so much. It's just really good, really unique, and has attitude. It's for sure one of my favorite/most addicting albums of the year. I think for me it's just something so fresh and different - even fans of their first album seem to think so as well. There's just something magical about their sound - like you need some sort of special arcane understanding to enjoy it. I attribute it to a lucid dream if you will - the music can be dreamlike: surreal, otherworldly, and really bizarre at times, but so good, you don't notice how bizarre. But at the same time, it is clear, energetic, and distinct. You never want to wake up.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Andy on June 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The first track on Crystal Castles' 2nd self-titled CD may be the perfect metaphor for the entire album. Fainting Spells starts as a cacophonous, screechy wall of noise, so immediately off-putting, you'll be tempted at first listen to yank the disc from your player and throw it, frisbee-style, at your local record store hipster's horn-rimmed spectacle covered eyes. However, if you're patient, within minutes, a slick hip hop groove within the song rises to the surface appearing only long enough for you to wrap your head around, and make sense of the noise before the song closes up around itself.

The rest of Crystal Castles (II) see-saws between catchier dancey songs and much more abrasive numbers. Regardless, Alice Glass' cryptic poetry echoes throughout, and repeated listens reveal a darkly subversive work which lets the adventurous listener into CC's strange and beautiful world of sound.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Abe Farhat on February 8, 2013
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I absolutely LOVE Crystal castles, and this is likely my favorite album of theirs. The only reason I'm giving it 3 stars is because I bought the vinyl LP, and side 4 is pressed in such a way that the grooves aren't centered around the middle pin hole. What this means is that as the record plays, the grooves create kind of an elliptical tracking patter for the needle, and it goes through a considerable amount of side to side motion with each revolution to the record. What that results in is a weird sounding distortion that makes listening pretty annoying,

I initially bought 2 copies of this album - 1 for me 1 as a gift. I listened to my copy, noticed this distortion and sent it back to Amazon for a new one. When I got it in the mail, the new one had exactly the same problem. After hesitantly gifting the other one away, I warned that it likely had the same problem, and when she got home and gave it a spin, that was confirmed.

So basically 3 separate copies, in 2 separate shipments, and all of them have a mis-pressed side 4. Anyone else got the same issue? Thing is, I'd rather have 3 good sides than my money back, but I'd also rather have 4 good sides.

I feel like this should be remedied by Amazon and/or Last Gang Records and/or Crystal Castles...
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