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This article is about Crystal Castles' 2008 debut album. For the 2010 album, see Crystal Castles (2010 album).
Crystal Castles
Studio album by Crystal Castles
Released 18 March 2008
Recorded 2005-2007
Genre Synthpunk,[1] chiptune,[2] noise,[3] synthpop[4]
Length 51:55
Label Lies, Last Gang
Producer Ethan Kath, Matthew Wagner, Squeak E. Clean
Crystal Castles chronology
Crystal Castles
(2008)
(II)
(2010)
Singles from Crystal Castles
  1. "Crimewave"
    Released: August 13, 2007 (2007-08-13)
  2. "Air War"
    Released: December 17, 2007 (2007-12-17)
  3. "Courtship Dating"
    Released: March 31, 2008 (2008-03-31)
  4. "Vanished"
    Released: June 14, 2008 (2008-06-14)
  5. "Crimewave (re-release)"
    Released: September 21, 2008 (2008-09-21)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (73/100) [5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
BBC (positive)[6]
Drowned in Sound 8/10 stars[7]
NME 8/10 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media (7.8/10)[9]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[10]

Crystal Castles is the first studio album by electronic music duo Crystal Castles released on the March, 18th, 2008 through Lies Records. The album is a compilation of the band's previous sold-out singles, early unreleased tracks and three new songs recorded for the album. Before the album's release, the original cover, which featured Trevor Brown's black-eyed Madonna artwork, was "banned" due to distributors in the U.S. refusing to distribute a CD with Madonna's face on the cover, and its use was also not approved by Brown. The current album cover features a picture of Alice with a picture of Ethan cropped in.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "Untrust Us"   Ethan Kath, Death from Above 1979 3:06
2. "Alice Practice"   Kath, Alice Glass 2:42
3. "Crimewave" (Crystal Castles VS. Health) Kath, Health 4:18
4. "Magic Spells"   Kath 6:07
5. "Xxzxcuzx Me"   Kath, Glass 1:54
6. "Air War"   Kath 4:12
7. "Courtship Dating"   Kath, Glass 3:30
8. "Good Time"   Kath, Drinking Electricity 2:56
9. "1991"   Kath 1:53
10. "Vanished"   Kath, Van She 4:02
11. "Knights"   Kath 3:13
12. "Love and Caring"   Kath, Glass, Covox 2:18
13. "Through the Hosiery"   Kath, Glass 3:07
14. "Reckless"   Kath 3:28
15. "Black Panther"   Kath, Glass 2:56
16. "Tell Me What to Swallow"   Kath, Glass 2:14

Japan Version [11][edit]

No. Title Music Length
17. "Trash Hologram"     2:17
18. "Air War (David Wolf remix)"     3:21

Personnel[edit]

Crystal Castles
Production
  • Matthew Wagner – production on "Xxzxcuzx Me", "Love and Caring", recording on "Alice Practice"
  • Squeak E. Clean – production on "Courtship Dating", "Through the Hosiery", "Black Panther"
  • Alex Bonenfant – recording on "Courtship Dating", "Tell Me What to Swallow", mixing on "Knights"
  • Lexxx – mixing on "Untrust Us", "Magic Spells", "Courtship Dating", "Good Time", "1991", "Vanished", "Through the Hosiery", "Reckless", "Black Panther"
  • Lazar Nesic – mixing on "Crimewave", "Air War"
  • Nils – mastering
  • Stuart Pillinger – cover photo
  • Mikey Apples – layout

Samples[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
French Albums Chart[12] 175
UK Albums Chart[13] 47
U.S. Top Electronic Albums[14] 6
U.S. Top Heatseekers[14] 13
U.S. Independent Albums[14] 32

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
NME UK The 50 Best Albums of the Year 2008 #12[15]
NME UK The Best Debut Album Of The Year 2008 #1
NME UK The Best Albums Of The Decade 2009 #39

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Phares, Heather. "Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles (II)". Allmusic. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ Hoby, Hermione (November 11, 2012). "Crystal Castles: (III) – review". The Guardian. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Crystal Castles - 'Crystal Castles'". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Critic Reviews for Crystal Castles. Metacritic. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  6. ^ Hammer, Sophie. "Crystal Castles: Crystal Castles Review". BBC. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Kharas, Kev. "Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Naylor, Tony. "Crystal Castles". NME. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Cohen, Ian. "Crystal Castles: Crystal Castles". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Crystal Castles". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  11. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Crystal-Castles-Crystal-Castles/release/1971629
  12. ^ Steffen Hung. "Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  13. ^ Crystal Castles Chart Stats ChartStats. Retrieved 2010-04-17.
  14. ^ a b c Crystal Castles Chart History Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-04-17.
  15. ^ NME