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Bouncy Castle Bohemians
on 21 February 2009
Imagine a time when our inveterate need to compare became less important
than sitting back in our easiest chair and listening without prejudice.
Sometimes the smallest things can be the best.
Crystal Castles defy logic and design in delivering these
sixteen extraordinarily compact little pieces to our door.
Ms Glass and Mr Kath are to be congratulated for both their vision
and economy in keeping this album tightly focussed and contained.
The buoyant rhythms are lovably naive, deceptively simple and thoroughly intriguing.
Sometimes delicate, sometimes blisteringly violent . Always interesting.
The vocal arrangements are elusive, ambiguous and strangely affecting.
Despite it's willful perversity there is, nonetheless, a finely honed pop
sensibility running all the way through the project like a golden seam.
Highlights include the joyful bouncy castle wonder that is 'Courtship Dating';
the bizarrely moving 'Knights'; the cheeky duck and bleep of 'Air War' and
the gently rolling wizardry of 'Magic Spells'.