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This article is about Crystal Castles' 2008 debut album. For the 2010 album, see Crystal Castles (2010 album).
Crystal Castles
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Studio album by Crystal Castles
Released 18 March 2008
Recorded 2005-2007
Genre Electropunk,[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.

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]

  1. ^ Jayasuriya, Mehan (June 4, 2010). "Crystal Castles: Crystal Castles". PopMatters. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  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