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Their best since Vegas,
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When it comes to electronica, Crystal Method are one of the most enduring acts around. They might not have had the influence of the Prodigy, or the commercial success of the Chemical Brothers, but the Method's sound is one of the most distinctive around. Having produced countless songs for film and TV, they are instantly recognisable, particularly to their fans.
Their masterpiece debut, Vegas (1997) set the bar incredulously high, with epic after epic leading a new audience to believe this was the best dance act since 1989's Prodigy set our 'Fire' alight. The truth is, while they have produced a number of albums since then, none have really nailed it since that '97 debut. Tweekend was strong, but maybe too grungey. Legion of Boom was reasonable but lacked many stand-out tracks. And Divided by Night was just plain weak.
Indeed, arguably their best 4 works since Vegas were not proper 'LP's' - with 2006's movie soundtrack for the feature film London, the same year's Nike Run mix, and their 2 excellent Community service mixes.
So this year's January release of self-titled 'Crystal Method' rather sneaked up on us - their first for 5 years. And, quite honestly, it's their best album since the debut.
It features 11 tracks, each a classic mix of their symbolic buzzing, sampling, electronic scratching and dirty fat beats. It's the Method as they truly are, and seems to show them rather going back to basics. It's not easy to pick out stand-out tracks, because all bar 1 are, and that one exception is the weak 'Grace' featuring Leann Rimes. If it hadn't featured her pop-heavy voice it may have sounded slightly more credible, but unfortunately the feel of the song is just too close to 'Can't Fight the Moonlight' by the same artist, and makes not visualising her singing cheesy pop on a bar virtually impossible.
That aside, the tracks remind us how good this band are. Admittedly it's probably a 'grower'. It won't blow you away first listen - it's good, but not great on that awkward first sample. But the more you listen and let it take you over, the more it emerges that, Vegas aside, this is the Method's finest studio album to date.