Legion of Boom
|Legion of Boom|
|Studio album by The Crystal Method|
|Released||January 13, 2004|
|Genre||Trip hop, electronica, big beat, alternative rock|
|Producer||The Crystal Method|
|The Crystal Method chronology|
Legion of Boom is the third official studio album by the American band The Crystal Method. The album is a mixture of different genres, like the rough "True Grit", to the wiry guitar rock song "Born Too Slow". Legion of Boom contains vocals from actress Milla Jovovich and Kyuss lead singer John Garcia. The album also contains guitar riffs courtesy of Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland (who also co-produced three tracks) and vocal talents by beatboxer Rahzel. Its title is likely a reference to the supervillain team Legion of Doom.
An edited version of "Born Too Slow" was featured in the soundtrack for the video games Need for Speed: Underground and Donkey Konga 2. The song "I Know It's You" was used in the pilot episode of the TV show Numb3rs. Also, the song "Bound Too Long" was featured on the soundtrack to the movie Cursed (film), and "Starting Over" was used in an episode of the TV show Alias and an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. A different version of "Weapons of Mass Distortion", renamed "Weapons of Mad Distortion", was used in the movie Blade: Trinity.
The design of the album is not completely standard. As opposed to most album layouts, the tracks of Legion were listed on the front of the case, rather than on the back, with the album art placed on the back inlay.
This album also contains the only known time either members of The Crystal Method have provided vocals for a song. The song that features this is "I Know It's You", which has Ken Jordan of TCM singing through a vocoder.
|Los Angeles Times|||
The album so far has a score of 58 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "mixed or average reviews". Billboard gave it a pretty average review and stated that "Too many tracks get bogged down with a straight-ahead progressive trance formula, where zoning out feels more suitable than attempting to move your feet. Still, because the good stuff is so darn good (and it is), it is easy to brush aside any missteps." Mojo gave it three stars out of five and said it was "more like the soundtrack to a horror movie than a night of DJ breaks and body shakes." Playlouder gave it two stars out of five and said the album "resembles nothing more than a U.S. major label executive’s idea of what dance music should sound like." URB also gave it two stars and said that the band "has become utterly irrelevant." Blender gave it one-and-a-half stars out of five and stated: "The problem is not the lumbering, mid-tempo beats or the terrible lyrics (“Synthesizer, crystallizer, realizer”), although neither help. It’s the sense that you’ve heard every synthesized squelch and ambient breakdown before."
- "Starting Over" – 4:01
- "Born Too Slow" – 2:59
- "True Grit" – 5:06
- "The American Way" – 4:26
- "I Know It's You" – 5:48
- "Realizer" – 3:48
- "Broken Glass" – 3:55
- "Weapons of Mass Distortion" – 4:50
- "Bound Too Long" – 6:23
- "Acetone" – 5:15
- "High and Low" – 5:23
- "Wide Open" – 7:23
- "Born Too Slow" (EK's Spider in the Corner Alt. Dub) - 6:15 (DVD-A Bonus track)
- "Born Too Slow" (Deepsky's Green Absinthe Dub) - 8:20 (DVD-A Bonus track)
- Tracks 1, 4, and 10 vocals by Rahzel.
- Track 2 vocals by John Garcia.
- Track 5 vocals by Milla Jovovich and Ken Jordan (through a vocoder).
- Tracks 6 and 11 vocals by Lisa Kekaula.
- Tracks 9 and 12 vocals by Hanifah Walidah.
- Tracks 2, 7, and 8 guitars by Wes Borland.
- Track 6 guitars by Jon Brion.
- Track 4 scratching by DJ Swamp.
- The track "Born Too Slow" was used in the video game Need for Speed: Underground
- The track "The American Way" briefly made a feature in the 2010 film Skyline (film).
- The track "Weapons of Mass Distortion" was used in movie trailers for The Bourne Ultimatum and Far Cry, and, in an edited version called "Weapons of Mad Distorton", for the Blade: Trinity Soundtrack.
- The track "Acetone" is featured in the video game Wipeout HD Fury.
- The track "Realizer" is used in the 2006 film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
- Critic reviews at Metacritic
- Legion of Boom at AllMusic
- Chicago Tribune review
- Entertainment Weekly review
- Los Angeles Times review
- PopMatters review
- Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived December 12, 2007)
- Billboard review at the Wayback Machine (archived January 10, 2004)
- Playlouder review at the Wayback Machine (archived May 29, 2004)