Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles III


2.5
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Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (87 Reviews)
November 14th, 2012 | 152 replies | 24,499 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We demand to be taken seriously

OK so everybody likes Crystal Castles because they make fun, catchy and danceable tunes right? And no one cares that they're derivative as fuck (except electronic music elitests) because of how fun and catchy and danceable they are. Well Crystal Castles kind of said fuck all that with (III). Basically everything people like about the electronic music duo from Canada is gone and has been replaced with sleep inducing basic beats and vocals drenched in so much reverb they make Loveless seem like it was recorded in a closet.

Pretty much everything is stripped down on here, except the vocals which are cranked up to 11. The only problem is they used all the reverb in the whole fucking world on Alice's vocals. Because of the obscene amount of reverb on this album dream pop bands are going to have to start rationing out reverb. It's that ridiculous. 90% of the lyrics are impossible to make out because of how obscured the vocals are, and it doesn't complement the beats very well either. Speaking of the beats, they suck. Almost every beat on (III) screams basic and rushed. With the overemphasis on vocals, and the stripped down beats, (III) just doesn't stack up to its two predecessors sonically.

The first two Crystal Castles albums were all over the place, which was part of their charm. Each track had different sounds and different mixes, which led to albums that sounded more like greatest hits compilations, but at least the songs stuck out from each other. (III) is the band's most cohesive album to date, but that's because all of the songs sound the same. I'm guessing they made an effort to make the tracks similar sonically like on most records by normal bands, but it's a detriment to Crystal Castles unique sound. The album runs at 39 minutes on only 12 tracks, and while there's isn't really any filler (except "Mercenary," that song blows,) there aren't any stand out tracks either. Being consistent isn't a positive when you consistently suck.

With all the complaints, there are some banging tracks on this thing. "Pale Flesh" has an interesting beat, and the violent sounding vocals gave me the swift kick in the narcs that I needed after I had started to drift off for a bit. "Sad Eyes" is cool too, it's got a real danceable beat to it and some simple catchy synths. It's a shame it's followed up by five really boring tracks that go nowhere. The best track is the closer "Child I Will Hurt You" which is a heavenly lullaby that's quite fitting as a closer to a sleep inducing record. Unfortunately the three or four interesting tracks aren't enough to save (III) from mediocrity.

It's hard to be mad at a band that wants to develop their sound and go places, but when the place a band is heading is Snooze City we have a problem. Most of the tracks on this thing have really simple beats and song structures that go nowhere. This wouldn't be a problem if the songs were catchy (which they aren't) and I constantly found myself drifting off while listening with nothing there for me to focus on. Overall there's really nothing here that I couldn't get a better version of from a different group, or even the first two Crystal Castles records. Crystal Castles try to go all deep on us, but instead make a flat and boring record that loses what made the band so great in the first place.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



49788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

A silly review for an album that is way too serious

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CaptainDooRight
November 13th 2012



28322 Comments


is that a ninja hugging an azian

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Trebor.
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November 13th 2012



49788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"The album cover features a picture by Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda. The image depicts a woman named Fatima al-Qaws holding her son, Zayed, who was exposed to tear gas during a street demonstration in Sana'a, Yemen, on October 15, 2011."

CaptainDooRight
November 13th 2012



28322 Comments


makes sense

CaptainDooRight
November 13th 2012



28322 Comments


this may be innapropriate but im glad she had that noseguard on

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



49788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I uploaded this as [Crystal Castles (III)[/i] but it's just called [(III)[/i] so sorry bout that

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



19443 Comments


holy hell you're reviewing more than me now.

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Ovrot
November 13th 2012



10460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love reverb

I wish I could bathe in it.
Pale Flesh, Insulin and Violent Youth best songs.

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CaptainDooRight
November 13th 2012



28322 Comments


its ok, i wont report

ILJ
November 13th 2012



6615 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Man this album is awesome.

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UrAssIsMyHat
November 13th 2012



155 Comments


Review reads like The Needle Drop's autistic cousin wrote it

Calc
November 13th 2012



11978 Comments


..........reverb............reverb.....................................................reverb...............................................................................


reverb.

by the way you spelled the eff word incorrectly come on man.

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WeepingBanana
November 13th 2012



10043 Comments


never liked these guys. heard the first song off this on some college radio, didn't like that either

btw calc, good going with fucking up the page

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



15789 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

disappointing to read this review as i did like II, oh well nice rev anyway pos

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Calc
November 13th 2012



11978 Comments


lol my apologies it was all the reverb.

WeepingBanana
November 13th 2012



10043 Comments


The only problem is they used all the reverb in the whole fuckng world on Alice's vocals. Because of the obscene amount of reverb on this album dream pop bands are going to have to start rationing out reverb. It's that ridiculous. 90% of the lyrics are impossible to make out because of how obscured the vocals are, and it doesn't compliment the beats very well either. Speaking of the beats, they suck.


this whole bit made me chuckle

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



49788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I tried to make a few funnies in there

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



23798 Comments


album probably sucks. the first one was insanely awful, second one was a bit better.....

Tyrael
November 13th 2012



20731 Comments


No

fucking

way

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



49788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Should I start putting an Arrested Development reference in all my reviews?
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