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  • Audio CD (November 8, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Casablanca
  • ASIN: B009GYSQV6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,167 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2012 release, the third album from the Canadian Electronic/Experimental band, the first of their albums to be produced entirely by band member Ethan Kath. ''We wanted the album to sound like a completely different and new experience'' says Ethan. ''We'd limit ourselves to one take on each song because we believe the first take is the rawest expression of an idea,'' By ditching their old synthesizers and keyboards used on I and II, Ethan enforced a 'strictly no computers' rule in the studio and began recording everything directly to tape. Together the Canadian duo has conjured up a collection of songs that are as raw as they are well rounded. As '(Ill)' unfolds, each track will take you to greater heights and equal lows, as you enter the sometimes plagued and often polarized world that is Crystal Castles. Recorded mostly in Warsaw and Berlin, the album also boasts the haunting and euphoric 5-minute mind-bender 'Plague' that quickly caused a cyber-storm amongst fans and media when the band unveiled it via their soundcloud page this summer.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Third turn of the screw November 8, 2012
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Although this is not the lengthy, pulsating, driven, and at times bewildering chaos that made (II) such a massive follow-up to (I), (III) stands its ground. True to their nature, Ethan and Alice have made a spasmodic and rapturous collection of tunes to throw into the vault. Tonally and thematically their most cohesive album, by no means can the same be said for flow or structure. These are separate tracks that speak of discord, trauma, beauty, and violence. Alice is more muted and twisted in her vocals, but it doesn't come off as childish. There is a method to the madness. I'm slowly falling in love with these songs as much as any of their other tracks, and if you're a fan, it probably won't take you too many listens to get into the album either.

For people just coming into the fold, this may be a great introduction. There is emotion and emphasis sized down for the average listener whereas their first two albums can be over-whelming to take in at once.

If anything I'm left, as always, wanting more from a duo who seem to try to give everything of themselves to their audience. Each album is a different monster. This monster seems to be hiding in the shadows- small, sharp, desperate, and willing to run away with you if you let it.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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It's an age old question. There are those among us who feel like music should strive to be cheerful in nature: that it should be something to lift our spirits and should always provide a rosy disposition. Yet there are others who see beauty in the bleakness, who view despair as a delicacy. If you're one of these, Crystal Castles has an album for you.

They haven't taken long to leave their mark. After a promising debut in 2008, the Canadian electronic duo struck gold with their sophomore album II, one of the most distinctive electronic albums of the past several years. The release of III reinforces a striking fact about Crystal Castles that every album they have released are markedly different from one another.

Their debut was a visceral, aural experience rife with clinking and clunking of old video game machines, while their sophomore release drew much more heavily from IDM and refined their production; the electronics on that record were as sharp as a razor's edge. Main composer Ethan Kath has ensured that III shares little in common with those, so it's tough to make a direct comparison. But it doesn't take long to determine that it's much more atmospheric and even more dream like than its predecessor.

Crystal Castles have typically been a tough nut lyrically, with most of the vocals being glitched beyond comprehension. But would you have guessed Alice Glass as defender of the downtrodden? It seems to be what she's going for. In numerous interviews, she's spoken extensively on issues pertaining to women's rights and equality as well as flagging quality of life and limited rights of people around the world. These themes heavily inform III.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tighter, Leaner, Meaner November 12, 2012
By K. Kwon
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Of the albums thus far, this III one feels the most focused of the bunch. Without any over-layered tracks, each song has a unique feel independent of the other tracks. Alice's lyrics are darker, while the driving beats by Ethan suit her vocals perfectly.

I was hoping to not be disappointed, and this album is excellent! The first time I heard Affection was while I was driving with the bass up, and DAMN, what a great song. Ethan is surely underrated as a producer, and what's not to love about Alice's use of her voice?

My favorite album of the year with only a month left to go.

Notable tracks: Affection, Plague, Child I Will Hurt You, Wrath of God
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoa December 25, 2012
By Kenny
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I never liked them before I heard a song from this off pandora and it haunted me to the very core of my soul. I couldn't get it out of my head. After noticing my life was incomplete without this piece of music in my collection I hopped on here in hopes of putting it on my wish list for the holidays, however I noticed it was 4$ and almost did 2 consecutive backflips. I've listened to it an unimaginable amount of times since I bought it 2 days ago. Seriously, just get this album. It's almost stupid not to.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars III November 13, 2012
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If you haven't realized by now Crystal Castles are not satisfied with making the same album over and over again, then maybe you shouldn't listen. If you get what Crystal Castles are all about then this is another amazing album.

III takes the overall dark feel of II and expands on it, wallows in it and celebrates it. I feel like I am listening to the soundtrack to someone's beautifully haunting dream. Like the last album it wasn't what I was expecting, but like the last album it gets better with every listen. In some ways III reminds me of their first album, it's a little more raw and many of the sounds have a vintage feel due to Ethan using analog equipment. The only problem I have with the album is overt use of reverb on Alice's vocals, it get a little monotonous after awhile. Like the last album, it leaves some of the old CC behind and picks up something new. The greatest asset to the album is the melody and hooks buried beneath the atmosphere. I feel like I'm in a room filled with fog trying to find my way through and that really sums up how I feel about this album. Everything I love about CC is here and that's really all i need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
This is my favorite Crystal Castles album yet. It's kind of dark and moody compared to their first album... but it's got great hooks. Awesome.
Published 2 days ago by Haze Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest electronica albums
One of my favorite album I have ever bought. I've read in interviews with the band that they recorded this entire album onto tape instead of on computer. Read more
Published 13 days ago by The Travis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
5 stars because they're such a good band.
The CD was new (of course) and it arrived on time.
Published 16 days ago by S.Lagos
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid album that grows on you
I was initially letdown at this album when i first previewed it but after giving it a chance this album has blossomed into one of my all-time favorites.
Published 2 months ago by Unknown Guitarist
4.0 out of 5 stars Calm after the storm
These guys took the ashes of electroclash and added a little nihilism and synthetic thrash to give us a solid bridge to the next chapter of electro. Read more
Published 6 months ago by j.m.
5.0 out of 5 stars violence | beauty | wonder
Crystal Castles played the best show I saw all year in 2013.

And this album is awesome. It might as well not have words, because the only messages you get are the song... Read more
Published 6 months ago by MICHAEL H WONG
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Electronic Bliss!!
Unbelievable album. As close to perfect as I could ever ask for. Pure electronic bliss. I love CCI, fell deeper in love with CCII, but I'm absolutely wild about CCIII. Read more
Published 8 months ago by The Quasar
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album. No happy birthday song
Buyer Beware! The Happy Birthday Song is not on this album. Other than that this is a great album. 4/5 stars.
Published 11 months ago by AirPegasusXC
3.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to like this more than I did
I was a big fan of I and II, but III doesn't quite live up to my expectations. It's not bad, exactly, but it just didn't hook me like I and II did.
Published 12 months ago by Lyman Green
4.0 out of 5 stars III by Crystal Castles
Electronic synth pop with dark melodic Cure like undertones. Refreshing. Some tracks are really abstract and euphoric, while others carry a nice dance beat. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pamela M. Rogers
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