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Crystal Castles


The third album by the Canadian experimental synth noise duo

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  1. 9.2 |   PlayGround

    They had been showing signs of delivering the soundtrack of these times, and now they have
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  2. 9.0 |   NME

    Being doomed seldom sounded so beautiful
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  3. 9.0 |   The Digital Fix

    III is bold, dramatic, transcendent and a little bit fucked up. It’s a startling document of a group in extremis
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  4. 8.6 |   Paste Magazine

    For all its efforts to be different, (III) feels like more of what fans have come to expect from Crystal Castles
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  5. 8.5 |   BBC

    The core elements are so big, like blasts of pure plasmic energy, that it sounds planet-sized
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  6. 8.5 |   Prefix

    It's an invisibly political record - and an absolutely necessary one
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  7. 8.3 |   The AU Review

    This is a record which has the ability to fill both expansive arenas and claustrophobic clubs with dark blends of synth-pop and industrial electronica
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  8. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    III is less playful than the duo’s previous couple of offerings, but it’s thematic mood is much tighter and more fully realized
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  9. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Rarely is an electronic album sparked with such radical confidence
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  10. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The most affecting songs on III don't sound like a band raging at the outside world, but rather experiencing a very personal kind of misery
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  11. 8.0 |   Blurt

    What makes the group's songs so effective is the dark, raw emotion that is always on display
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  12. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Inspiring, warped, feverishly uncomfortable, bold, bloody and brilliant
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  13. 8.0 |   Q

    Toronto's noisiest duo clean up their sound - ever so slightly. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Every song is laced with sweeping synth sweetness of a profoundly melancholy nature
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  15. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    An impressive, oppressive album that marks a new, more considered era for Crystal Castles, the recording artists
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  16. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    The Canadian duo have come along way since their debut back in 2008 with ‘III‘ being their most mature outing yet
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  17. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    If the Mayans were right and the world really is going to end this December, you won't hear many better soundtracks than this
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  18. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Like most everything they’ve released to date, this record deals in raw aggression, and then soothes the wound(s) with a lush blanket of cold wave
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  19. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Pop music is often considered to be synonymous with escapism, but it can also be cathartic
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  20. 7.8 |   Bowlegs

    III can be a stark, and at times, an uncomfortable listen – which is probably why it feels so essential right here right now
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  21. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    (III) is worthwhile in that it is an interesting take on dance music, yet that doesn’t seem quite enough for a group predicated on delivering an onslaught of emotional energy
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  22. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    With III, Kath and Glass have refined their sound to a point of supreme clarity and confidence
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  23. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Majestic goth-trance
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  24. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    For the most part Crystal Castles remain an impenetrable fortress
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  25. 6.0 |   musicOMH

    III is a good Crystal Castles album. But given that II was a great Crystal Castles album, the trend isn't going the way that you'd hope
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  26. 6.0 |   The Quietus

    For every instance on III set to give the listener an aural acid bath, there are nearly as many that might induce a snooze on the bus, and a dribble on your neighbouring passenger’s shoulder
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  27. 6.0 |   Mojo

    An uncomfortable but absorbing trip. Print edition only

  28. 6.0 |   The Fly

    A quantum leap it ain’t – and Glass could do with putting her fangs back in – but ‘(III)’ has just enough up its sleeve to keep Crystal Castles on track
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  29. 6.0 |   State

    These are broad themes as stark as the sleeve’s black and white design, no doubt, but themes attacked by Alice Glass and Ethan Kath with bruising, sickening intensity
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  30. 5.0 |   Under The Radar

    Any political message the band intends in III is lost under layers of digital dirt
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  31. 5.0 |   Spin

    Like its predecessors, III serves up synth-etic goth, but its fear of pop means less Siouxsie & the Banshees and more Christian Death
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  32. 5.0 |   A.V. Club

    An introverted album preoccupied with despair and cynicism
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  33. 4.0 |   The Observer

    Track after track leans heavily on the relentless four-to-the-floor of trance, with Alice Glass's yelped vocals muffled under a weight of sound that's simultaneously boring and abrasive
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