Divided By Night
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2009 release, the fourth album by Electronic music pioneers Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland (AKA The Crystal Method). Bolstered by the innovation, flexibility and craftsmanship that made the duo club culture icons, Divided By Night is nothing short of a masterpiece and easily the duo's most inventive and accomplished album to date! Divided By Night explodes with an assortment of high caliber guests which includes New Order bassist Peter Hook, Metric front-woman Emily Haines, drummer Samantha Maloney, one-time Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle and She Wants Revenge vocalist Justin Warfield.
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In the past certain tracks have contained vocals for sure, but somehow they melded with the sound and became one, now the music is somehow less evident on certain tracks and more relegated to background status.
I was lucky enough to nab this at the $2.99 price point, had I not, I still would NOT have been disappointed to pay $8.99 however I have waited a long time for this disc and feel like it's Crystal Method-lite. There are certainly some stand out tracks, maybe even a couple that rate as some of their best (their sound is maturing and I like the direction) but as a whole it's just too inconsistent. Better than 'Drive' for sure, marginally better than 'Legion' but still nowhere near the first two.
Divided by Night - 4 stars
Dirty 30 - 4.5 stars
Drown in the Now - 2.5 stars
Kling to the Wreckage - 2 stars
Smile - 4.5 stars
Sine Language - 4 stars
Double Down Under - 4 stars
Come Back Clean - 1 star (is this even TCM?)
Slipstream - 3.5 stars
Black Rainbows - 3 stars
Blunts and Robots - 3 stars
Falling Hard - 2 stars
My mix - it's a shame I have to do this -
Divided by Night
Double Down Under
Blunts and Robots
Kling to the Wreckage
Drown in the Now
Come Back Clean
That being said, the top tracks IMHO are:
5. Smile? - great to blast in the car when headed home from a rough day
9. Slipstream - vocals really work with this song
Other interesting tracks are:
2. Dirty Thirty
6. Sine Language
11. Blunts & Robots
1. Divided By Night - A great laid-back track to kick the album off. Dark and melodic, for me this brought brought some of the better moments off Tweekend.
2. Dirty Thirty (feat. Peter Hook) - At first a jarring change from the opening track, this track gradually evolves into solidly listenable tune. Funky bass line, some very Aphex Twin-y noiseplay intermixed.
3. Drown In The Now (feat. Matisyahu) - A standout track. Good mix of lyrical style and music here. An uptempo electronic reggae tune, with some fantastic vocal range out of Matisyahu.
4. Kling To The Wreckage (feat. Justin Warfield) - A tonal shift on this track, but another good use of vocals. Much poppier and uptempo, brings to mind the Chemical Brothers.
5. Smile? - A very heavy, early TCM sounding track. A nice mid-album transitional track, forms a solid bridge to Sine Language.
6. Sine Language (feat. LMFAO) - Starts off promising, then the vocals come in. Very catchy and strong musically, but the generic rap lyrics are boring and wasted. A shame, this has some great old-school John Carpenter sounding material. Hoping for an insturmental version, it would hold up well.
7. Double Down Under - Another standout track, this one brings some of that Fluke feeling, with heavy techno and growled background vocals.
8. Come Back Clean (feat. Emily Haines) - A very British house sound on this track, poppy and so catchy the emptiness of the vocals doesn't hurt a thing. Quick and bouncy.
9. Slipstream (feat. Jason Lytle) - This is a tough one. There are moments of great sound, but the overall feel is very throwaway. Unlike the last track, the bland pop here hurts the track. This could have come from anyone, no signature feel.
10. Black Rainbows (feat. Stefanie King Warfield) - Like Come Back Clean, a very British feel but some great sound work going on to help bolster the vocals.
11. Blunts & Robots (feat. Peter Hook) - Light but not poppy, this is a nice track to start winding down the album.
12. Falling Hard (Feat. Meiko) - This is the most out of place track on the album. It sounds like a Dido or Lily Allen track, but randomness aside it's a nice finish to the album. Slow and melodic.
The easiest way to sum this album up is that it's the newest variation on The Crystal Method. This is not Vegas 2, nor should it have been. Are there bumps on the road? Sure, but at least the group is trying to get somewhere. This is a good interlude while we wait for the next true masterpiece.
There are cool ideas in almost all of the songs - but they are surrounded by parts, sounds and production that is totally uninspiring. Coming from someone that has bought every album since Vegas, I sincerely hope you guys get their mojo back. It's been lacking for a while now and lots of us believe you can get there but it's not very evident on this album.
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