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It’d be wrong to say that the Canadian duo have completely left those origins behind with this, their third self-titled album – in fact, there’s much continuity across Crystal Castles’ output. But rather than peddle the same trick, they display steady progression.
Riding a ferocious tide of hype towards 2008’s debut, their graduation from toilet venues to top billing at festivals was swift, and it’s taken a little while for the music to catch up. With their third consecutive eponymous LP, the band’s sonic escalation finally matches the size of their popularity.
Epic more or less throughout, apocalyptically triumphant synths rage in surround-sound, while Alice Glass’ voice rings through the tumult like that of a demi-god trapped in a vast, complex machine. The cyborg singer’s anthropological side is indulged more here than before, as she struggles harder than ever against her robotic restraints.
Glass has always had the strange power to elicit emotion in spite of the dehumanising manipulation of her vocals. On (III) she goes further, frequently surfacing above the cogs and wires to affirm that her soul yet lives.
This dichotomy at the very heart of Crystal Castles is becoming more compelling by the album. On Affection, her performance is truly heartbreaking, words drifting delicately over stumbling programmed drums.
The ironic thing about (III) sounding so immense is that the tracks are typically less cluttered than the last two records. But the core elements are so big, like blasts of pure plasmic energy, that it sounds planet-sized.
It’s not meant for the riot-bating boltholes or ravey discos of yore; (III)’s rightful home is a colossal stadium in space, starships trading laser-blows overhead, as rogue stars collide in the far distance. Meanwhile, a clock above the stage countdowns from 39 minutes to zero, at which point one of two things will happen: Glass will finally break free of the machines that enslave her; or this, the ultimate cosmic venue, will self-destruct.
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some fantastic songs especially tracks no 1 and 2 some average songs tho' - well recommended 4/5Published 10 months ago by ANDY M
Slightly different to their other two albums but just as greatPublished 10 months ago by Amy Saunders
Sounds a bit like angry fairies and we like it! If electronic music is your taste - go for it.Published 19 months ago by rudkinali
Time will tell, but I think this could well be their best album yet.
'Child I will hurt you' is a change of pace, but one of the most sublime songs for a winter... Read more
I bought this CD as a Christmas Present so not really able to comment but had no complaints so rated 5 stars.Published 19 months ago by History Lover
On their third album CC takes more organic approach to their music. Synths are still present, but rugged 8-bit soundscape has subsided and more softer and emotional sounds takes... Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2013 by aleksi koikkalainen
Es el mejor disco que he comprado en todo el año, no puedo describir lo genial que son... Y esa capacidad siempre va llenarme de expectaciones próximas. Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2013 by Raúl CVCHO