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  • Audio CD (16 Feb. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Angular Recording Corporation
  • ASIN: B001N3569I
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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What a lifeless album. The vocals drawl and linger, the bass-led, jangling sound seems lazy, and the composite drone and echo-y reverb lull the listener to what could be a permanent sleep. But wait, a surf-rock rhythm stirs, playing out over feedback and the introduction of a curiously familiar organ. So cue very apparent influences.

The band's dulled sound is married quite harmoniously to a rich legacy of musical history. Unknown Pleasures is their apparent bible, Psychocandy the illicit thrill hidden inside its pages to stave off Sunday school boredom. All the while, The Velvet Underground sit on the shoulder like a detrimentally persuasive peer, making their influence most heard in "Prismatic Room". And yet there is more, for some goody two-shoes counterpart to the Velvet's peerage sits prettily atop the other shoulder. In its hand lies a pop record.

It's true. Somewhere amongst this listless fuzz resides a pop record, perverted beyond all recognition and played at too slow a speed. Post-punk and shoe-gaze collide in slow motion to mask these pop sensibilities in moribund noise, which, albeit without the free experimentalism, could nevertheless recall Loveless at its more accessible. Suggestion is hidden everywhere as to this pop theme, sneaking out in rare moments such as in "Graveyard Orbit" - a track that borrows wistful 50s rock `n' roll guitars from the likes of Ben E. King.

There are few highlights to be found on Alight Of Night - this is to its credit - and, like other numbing painkillers, it's thus best taken as a whole. This is a bleak and difficult album that grows in stature with every listen. Yet, it finds itself at a difficult cross-road. It wants to slide into oblivion so that it can be hailed as a lost, cult classic by beard-strokers and music obsessives, but would also like to be recognized in its own lifetime. Get onboard early, because whilst it might appear dead on arrival, there is a life aplenty with repeat listens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last! 13 Nov. 2008
By Philip Welsh - Published on
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This is arty, faux-low-fi skronk goodness, impressionistic indie rock of a stripe barely heard since the mid/late 1980s. The endlessly repeated Jesus and Mary Chain / Flying Nun (label) comparisons are apt, if only because there's been so little music like this released in recent years. My only wish is that the band would write more songs, because there are a few too many (unnecessary) remakes of songs from their earlier EPs on here -- but all in all, my fave debut album of 2008.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great retro sound 27 Oct. 2014
By Wes - Published on
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Great retro sound. Jesus and Mary Chain inspired, but making it their own. A lot of great tracks on here. I spin this record often.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crystal Stilts "Alight of night" 14 May 2009
By nowaveshow - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Crystal Stilts combine multiple influences from different eras/bands to form their own sound. There is a cross section of gloomy new wave from the early 80s (j&m joy divison), garage inspired proto punk from the late 60s and early 70s (velvet underground) and a slight dream pop guitar influence from the early 90s (black tambourine). All of these bands and eras play a distinct role in shaping Crystal Stilts's music. The lead vocalist seems to be defined by two groups: Joy Division and the lesser known Skywave. The cd starts with 6 brilliant songs out of the gate. The opener "the dazzled" sets a strong tone with a nice groove, and memorable vocals. Each of the first 6 songs demand your attention and have a certain energy to them thats hard to describe. The only problem is that from songs 7-11 it feels like the band released a parachute and drifted slowly towards the end of the cd. The second half of the album doesn't have the intensity or bite that the first half did. That doesn't mean that the later songs are unsatisfactory especially "the city in the sea" which gives the album a serene ending, it just illistrates how amazing the first 6 songs are. Overall the band does a great job of wielding their influences together to create an album thats worth owning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I listen, listen, and listen 14 April 2012
By J. Lierman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I can play this album 100, 1000, and million times and still love it. The music is mellow and beautiful. The vocals are distant and cool. Great music to kill the day with at work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Listen to the Jesus and Mary Chain instead. 27 May 2009
By MEH - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I was caught up in the hype over this band and unfortunately was sorely disappointed with this CD. The singer is AWFUL. It's probably the case that his off-key/detached moaning is considered to be cool or a key element of what's supposed to make this vampire mope-rock music "work", but he really sucks. The music is somewhat cool but is pretty rudimentary. They're sort of like a depressed Beat Happening or something (note: Beat Happening really blows). CS has been compared to early Jesus and Mary Chain by some critics, but this begs the question, "Why not just listen to the JAMC?" Do yourself a favor and pick up the JAMC's Psychocandy or Darklands instead. My 2 cents...
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