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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 8 months ago by ANDY M
Slightly different to their other two albums but just as greatPublished 8 months ago by Amy Saunders
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 22 months ago 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
The title says it all. From the beginning this album grabs you shakes you. Feels old school and all the better for it. If you buy just one album a year, make it this one.Published on 2 Feb. 2013 by Thomas J Foley
My son had this album for Christmas and has not stopped playing it. Great! Found it easy on the ear too for a change!Published on 12 Jan. 2013 by kazzy60
everbody should have a crystal castles album in their lives. brilliant brilliant. buy it now and make your life a better placePublished on 10 Jan. 2013 by christian