Alight of Night

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Alight of Night
Studio album by Crystal Stilts
Released October 28, 2008(US), February 19, 2009(UK)
Genre Noise pop, post-punk
Length 37:05
Label Slumberland Records (US), Angular Records (UK)
Crystal Stilts chronology
Alight of Night
(2008)
In Love with Oblivion
(2011)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (76/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Drowned In Sound (9/10)[3]
Venus Zine 5/5 stars[4]
Mojo (magazine) 4/5 stars[5]
LAUNCHcast (9/10)[6]
NME (8/10)[7]
Pitchfork Media (8.1/10)[8]
Urb (magazine) 4/5 stars[9]
Spin 3/5 stars[10]
Prefix (8.5/10)[11]
Strange Glue (9/10)[12]
The Wire 4/5 stars[13]

Alight of Night is the debut album by noise pop band Crystal Stilts, released in 2008.[14] "Departure" and "Shattered Shine" were released as singles. "The Dazzled" and "Prismatic Room" were also in frequent rotation on Sirius XMU around the album's release.

Reception[edit]

Heralded by critics, the album was included in Pitchfork's top 50 albums of 2008 and the NME's top 50 albums of 2009.[15][16] It was also named album of the year by Stephen Pastel's (of The Pastels) Monorail Music in Glasgow and ranked the #2 Album of the Year by Other Music in New York City.[17][18]

Critical Quotations[edit]

Dot Music: "Alight Of Night is a garage-weaned, art rock, squat-dirty masterpiece."[19]

Drowned in Sound: "Quite simply, Alight Of Night is one of the most breathtaking records these ears have been partial to in a long while, and even if Crystal Stilts never make another record, their legacy is assured."[20]

Prefix Magazine: "Easily the most exhilarating rock 'n' roll record to emerge in 2008."[21]

The Wire: "This is one of the best garage pop sides since The Chills' own "Brave Words." [19]

Strangeglue: "Crystal Stilts have created a record that has truly astounded this writer. A debut with this much promise should not be kept in the dark, it should be shown to the world as an example of how to do it right."[22]

Mojo (magazine): "Alight Of Night is devoid of current context, making for a weird timelessness. A treat." [19]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Dazzled" – 3:56
  2. "Crystal Stilts" – 2:57
  3. "Graveyard Orbit" – 3:26
  4. "Prismatic Room" – 3:36
  5. "The Sinking" – 2:35
  6. "Departure" – 4:28
  7. "Shattered Shine" – 2:51
  8. "Verdant Gaze" – 2:08
  9. "Bright Night" – 2:22
  10. "Spiral Transit" – 3:45
  11. "The City In The Sea" – 4:59

Personnel[edit]

  • Brad Hargett – vocals
  • JB Townsend – guitar
  • Kyle Forester – keyboards
  • Andy Adler – bass

References[edit]

  1. ^ Critic Reviews for Alight of Night. Metacritic. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Gourlay, Dom (January 21, 2009). "Drowned In Sound review". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ Venus Zine review
  5. ^ MOJO review (Metacritic)
  6. ^  2 hrs ago (April 20, 2011). "LAUNCHcast review". Uk.launch.yahoo.com. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ "NME review". Nme.com. February 28, 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  9. ^ "Urb review (Metacritic)". 
  10. ^ Everdell, Abigail. "Spin review". Spin.com. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  11. ^ Prefix review
  12. ^ "Strange Glue review". Strangeglue.com. February 17, 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  13. ^ The Wire review (Metacritic)
  14. ^ zhenyuga. "Alight Of Night Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  15. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2008". Pitchfork.com. December 19, 2008. 
  16. ^ "50 Best albums of 2009". NME.com. 
  17. ^ "Crystal Stilts @ Mono, Monday 23rd Feb". 
  18. ^ "Special Announcement". Othermusic.com. December 11, 2008. 
  19. ^ a b c http://www.metacritic.com/music/alight-of-night/crystal-stilts/critic-reviews
  20. ^ http://drownedinsound.com/releases/13800/reviews/4136121
  21. ^ http://www.prefixmag.com/reviews/crystal-stilts/alight-of-night/22496/
  22. ^ http://strangeglue.com/reviews/crystal-stilts-alight-of-night