Crystal Castles – (III)

Crystal Castles - (III)

Canadian duo trades their synthpunk/chiptune sound for electro-synthpop on their last album with vocalist Alice Glass. Advertised as a collection of protest songs that challenge corruption and lament the duo’s “los[t] faith in humanity,”1 Crystal Castles also lost their aggression and gained an eerie darkwave quality with dystopic imagery, as seen by the album cover of a mother comforting her son following a tear gas attack in Yemen during the 2011 Arab Spring. Glass called the album a statement toward a “world… where victims don’t get justice.”2 So basically an indie group’s third album.

1. Plague – (4:55) – ★★★★★
2. Kerosene – (3:11) – ★★★★★3
3. Wrath of God – (3:06) – ★★☆☆☆
4. Affectio – (2:37) – ★★★★☆
5. Pale Flesh – (2:59) – ★★★☆☆
6. Sad Eyes – (3:26) – ★★★★★
7. Insulin – (1:46) – ★★★☆☆4
8. Transgender – (3:04) – ★★★★☆
9. Violent Youth – (4:21) – ★★★☆☆
10. Telepath – (3:24) – ★★★★☆
11. Mercenary – (2:39) – ★★☆☆☆
12. Child I Will Hurt You – (3:32) – ★★☆☆☆

Overall: ★★★☆☆5

1“Crystal Castles Announce New Album, (III) | News | Pitchfork,” Pitchfork Media, retrieved 20 April 2015, http://pitchfork.com/news/47948-crystal-castles-announce-new-album-iii/
2Ibid.
3Honestly surprised this wasn’t a single.
4What, no love for glucagon?
5Hey, it’s the first review I wrote for this over a year ago! Seriously considered rewriting this (and I still might), but right now it’s nice to have to see my writing evolve.

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