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Crystal Castles

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01
Untrust Us
3:06  
02
Alice Practice
2:41  
03
Crimewave
Artist: Crystal Castles vs. Health
4:18
 
04
Magic Spells
6:06  
05
xxzxcuzx Me
1:53  
06
Air War
4:12  
07
Courtship Dating
3:30  
08
Good Time
2:55  
09
1991
1:53  
10
Vanished
4:02  
11
Knights
3:13  
12
Love and Caring
2:18  
13
Through the Hosiery
3:06  
14
Reckless
3:28  
15
Black Panther
2:57  
16
Tell Me What To Swallow
2:13  
17
Trash Hologram
2:17  
18
Air War (David Wolf Remix)
3:22  
Album Information

Total Tracks: 18   Total Length: 57:30

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Some Cracking Tunes

Caph

Beeps and boops abound will make you sit up and take notice, not to mention the screaming fits. Speaking of the screaming, when Alice screams "I die" in Alice Practice it really sends shivers down my spine. The real stand out tracks for me though are However Courtship Dating which grabbed my attention and Black Panther which really blew me away - I just can't stop listening to it. Air War is the real album leader - even though I don't like it as much as the other two it just pushes so many boundaries that it grabs top spot purely on merit. One pleasant surprise that you might miss because it's so quiet and unassuming, is Tell Me What To Swallow which is reminiscent of Slowdive (substitute Mazzy Star in the US) and of equal quality in my humble opinion.

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The same Song??????????

Pease

Is it just me or does 'Vanished' sound exactly like 'Sex City' from the band Van She????? Somebody back me up...

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Also check them out...

TheHighRoller

... live if you can. Had a great time and Alice was jumping up and down on stage like there was no tomorrow, even though she had just previously broken her ankle. Great gig!

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In my head

Synasius

Can't stop listening this album. Her screaming electronic voice sends you in outer space dancing. I hope to see soon the new album on these pages!

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CRYSTAL CASTLES

Phil.allman

Only liked a couple of tracks at first but has really grown on me and now have downloaded all their available music. Excellent

They Say All Music Guide

No matter how much Crystal Castles insist they’re named after She-Ra’s fortress and not the 1983 arcade favorite, thanks to the Atari sound chips in their keyboards, their music evokes vintage video game soundtracks — albeit ones that have been folded, spindled, and mutilated almost past recognition. On their self-titled debut, Crystal Castles (aka Ethan Kath and Alice Glass) hurl eight-bit bleeps, bloops, and noise as relentlessly as Space Invaders marching down a screen, turning these sounds into sometimes chaotic, sometimes moody synth pop with a jagged edge. Though their low-res synths can’t help but sound nostalgic (and song titles like “Air War” and “Reckless” sound like forgotten games), Crystal Castles are fresher, more complex, and much less gimmicky than might be expected, especially for those familiar with only the band’s singles. Granted, those singles are still some of Crystal Castles’ definitive tracks: the darkly, violently catchy “Alice Practice” pits Glass’ serrated but melodic shout-singing against rippling, strafing, and strobing synth onslaughts, and “Crimewave” gives that sound a brooding groove. However, Crystal Castles go wider and deeper on the rest of the album, teetering between order and chaos, noise and melody, and energy and atmosphere in ways that are unpredictable but consistently interesting. Glass is a chameleon, terrifying on one track and kittenish on another. She’s a black-eyed, short-circuiting android on “Xxzxcuzx Me,” singing of “robotic love” as her voice degrades into pixels almost as soon as she opens her mouth, and a spaced-out valley girl bopping to “Good Time”‘s deceptively cheery pulse. Indeed, a remarkable amount of melancholy haunts Crystal Castles, from the eerie keening on the Knife-like opening track, “Untrust Us,” to the danceable gloom of “Vanished” and the wistful, almost serene “Magic Spells” — all of which throw freakouts like the claustrophobic electro bump ‘n’ grind “Love and Caring” into even brasher contrast. By the time Crystal Castles wind down with “Tell Me What to Swallow”‘s ethereal cooing and guitars, it’s clear that Kath and Glass are already looking for more ways to expand on this familiar-sounding, edgy, innocent, menacing, bold, nuanced, and altogether striking debut. – Heather Phares

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