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Crystal Castles

August 25, 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 28, 2008
  • Label: Last Gang Records
  • Copyright: 2008 Last Gang Records Inc.
  • Total Length: 52:04
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B009DGP23C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,848 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Sounds really good, make me dance all the time!
Nelson
If you like electronic music and liked what your 8bit Nintendo sounded like, check these guys out.
D. Dowd
I like to call it Industrial Electronica Nintendo Goth Art Music.
J.D. Gaff

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Brian Lange. VINE VOICE on 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 By Jason Harrington on 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 By Kikster on May 10, 2008
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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 By J.D. Gaff on March 25, 2008
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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 By D. Dowd on April 22, 2008
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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 By William Burzlaff on March 31, 2008
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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 By Andre Reynolds on June 29, 2009
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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 By number16 on 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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