I've been a fan of the crystal method for a while now, and have never been disappointed by any of their albums - particularly Vegas and Community Service II. Divided by Night carries on from Legion of Boom, mixing big bass lines with raw vocals and some brilliant old school mixes (Rage Against the Machine for instance). Awesome album, diverse throughout and not a track i've wanted to skip. Big beats and bigger bass, well worth it!
For me, Vegas still stands out as their best- by far the most punchy.
This is unusual- the main album is good, but a bit more reserved. Nothing quite grabs you, but that's not to say it's not good to listen to, and won't grow on me over time. It's shamelessly electronic, as one might expect, but maybe a bit more retro- some reminiscent of a C64 soundtrack, some reminiscent of Luke Slater. It's all good stuff, but nothing actively grabs me.
The bonus CD is a different story- generally collaborative projects, less self-indulgent, most of which turn into some pretty epic choons. For me this really seals the deal, and is something I'll relish for a long time yet. However, the flip side of this is that some people might look on this as too "alternative" in places or too "club anthem" formulaic in others. Me- I love it.
And one thing that confused me for a bit- tracks 11-13 listed for the bonus CD aren't CD tracks, they're purely the video files that are also on that CD...
However you look at it, if you're a fan, it's got to be worth a look hasn't it?! ;-)
If you are releasing a follow-up album, there are two things you should be aiming for - continuity or quality. With Crystal Method's fourth full-length studio album (not counting their "Drive" compilation or the "London" soundtrack) they clearly missed both.
The album takes what feels like endless minutes to finally shift into a higher gear, but unfortunately faster doesn't equal better. Some of the tracks suffer from the same problem "Legion Of Boom" did, as they sound like there wasn't time for proper mixing and mastering once the tracks had been wrapped up. Others are just plain bad.
While "Legion Of Boom" was still acceptable, 2007's "Drive" showed that Ken and Scott still could deliver a good punch, but for me "Divided By Night" marks a new low point in their discography.