The Crystal Method stream
2014-01-04 by Will Robinson STAFF | 20 Comments

American electronic producers The Crystal Method have shared a full stream of their new self-titled album, which is set for a January 14 release.

Listen to the stream here: http://hypem.com/premiere/the%20crystal%20method

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
January 4th 2014

3013 Comments


Only two tracks in thus far, first track is kick-ass but the second isn't quite as good. Here's hoping the whole thing works well

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Acanthus
January 4th 2014

9510 Comments


It's a sellout, they're making music for the most common (2009-2011/EDM) denominator.

Sucks to see them go this way, really loved Divided By Night and had hoped that they'd still manage to be a bit more eclectic with this release. Some tracks retain enough of that CM vibe and sound from their older days to be passable, but really not finding something that I'd actually want to own or listen to multiple times. The glitchyness and bass emphasis feels old and tired by this point, I hope to god The Chemical Brothers don't go this route as well.



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decoyoctopus
January 4th 2014

90 Comments


yeah.. skrilks tier bro-step edm.. Kind of a disappointment, but I am still listening and not too far in, so my opinion is prone to change.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
January 4th 2014

3013 Comments


Honestly, I'm not really sure - yeah, some of the songs are pretty atrocious (that dubstep track 2
really ain't very good) but all in all it's everything good that's come out of the whole mass-market
appeal. Like, it's nothing groundbreaking and doesn't hold a candle to Vegas but it could have been a
lot worse. I find it to be pretty similar to the new BT album - it's mass-market EDM but pretty much
extends that limited quality as far as it can go (and as an added bonus it's not two fucking hours
long)

Acanthus
January 4th 2014

9510 Comments


I'm just not sold on this part of their evolution, though I enjoy bands to continue to change and hone their sound this seems like too easy of a step to take; it's similar to a metalcore group that started out interesting and then just went on to please the common denominator after awhile.

To be frank I'd rather have had no album/a disbandment than see these guys go down this road.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
January 4th 2014

3013 Comments


I mean if you take the album in a vacuum (which I kind of have to do because otherwise it would indeed be pretty horrible, like you said) it's decent EDM-meets-simplistic-breaks. Just forget the guys who did this are capable of so much more creativity-wise (as much as it pains me to say that) and it's decently enjoyable

Acanthus
January 4th 2014

9510 Comments


Separating the artist from the music like that doesn't work for me though, because otherwise almost anyone's name could be slapped on this.

Musicians have to be held accountable for what they release and how they evolve (especially electronic ones in this current period), otherwise we as fans are allowing them to set the bar low and make stagnation common place.



Brostep
Staff Reviewer
January 4th 2014

3013 Comments


Fair point. I'm obviously not going to enjoy this as much as I could knowing that just 17 years ago Vegas came out but being a product of the whole new wave of American electronic music fans of the last 5 or so years there's a lot I find enjoyable about this. And, really, I suppose that's what they're going for, which is disappointing but (at least for me) not the absolute worst possibility. At least given the current state of the EDM market this is head and shoulders better than anything else around in that sense

Acanthus
January 4th 2014

9510 Comments


"At least given the current state of the EDM market this is head and shoulders better than anything else around in that sense"

That's because they're so much more, so much better, than this.

I liked your point about being one of the New Wave of American electronic music fans, though I fall into that category myself as it's only been about three years since I got into music in general. it's something I tend to forget, that a lot of people will have their first taste of electronic music be EDM.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 4th 2014

30298 Comments


The Crystal Method are not pioneers of big beat lol

And please learn how to link

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BeneaththeDarkOcean
January 4th 2014

191 Comments


Was hoping this was the soundtrack to Almost Human. When are they gonna release that?

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
January 4th 2014

3013 Comments


whoops, thanks for fixing that link

and they brought big beat to the us in a way no one else before them did so yeah. i mean obv they're
no prodigy/chemical brothers but they're definitely up in the "notable big-beat producers" category

Eloriaz
January 4th 2014

598 Comments


This is probably gonna disappoint me I'm afraid >_>

I honestly wasn't expecting top quality material, but I'll give a listen. That being said, 'Vegas' hasn't aged a bit in my book.

My fingers are crossed for The Chemical Brothers, as I'm confident they will release something this year. Please please please make it as good as 'Further'!

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bloc
January 4th 2014

34499 Comments


OMG FUCKING FINALLY

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 5th 2014

30298 Comments


and they brought big beat to the us in a way no one else before them did so yeah.


Well, you've got both Fatboy Slim and The Chemical Brothers (who at the time were still dabbling in big beat) so there's that

Also, TCM don't really make/have ever made big beat, unless you wanted to make the point that it's a very americanized version of the sound (because of the use of guitars and such...) - they've always been more breaks-related (again, an american version of the sound, but whatever)

Acanthus
January 5th 2014

9510 Comments


@Eloriaz - I think it will be disappointing for you, could be wrong though.

Eloriaz
January 5th 2014

598 Comments


Yeah I listened to it and I don't think I like it much. Disappointed indeed =(((

Still, Jordan & Kirkland are good producers and it's still better than most commercial pseudo-EDM big room music out there.

RivalSkoomaDealer
January 5th 2014

514 Comments


Liked the song from the original Splinter Cell game.

Have my doubts that this is very good.

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LilLioness
January 6th 2014

2428 Comments


Name of the Game, yeah. I would say that song is a classic.

bloc
January 6th 2014

34499 Comments


It really is a classic



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