Crystal Castles (album)

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Crystal Castles
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Studio album by Crystal Castles
Released March 18, 2008 (2008-03-18)
Recorded 2005–07
Genre
Length 51:55
Label
Producer
Crystal Castles chronology
Crystal Castles
(2008)
Crystal Castles II
(2010)
Singles from Crystal Castles
  1. "Crimewave"
    Released: August 13, 2007
  2. "Air War"
    Released: December 17, 2007
  3. "Courtship Dating"
    Released: March 31, 2008
  4. "Vanished"
    Released: June 14, 2008
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 73/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[6]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[7]
Entertainment Weekly B[8]
NME 8/10[9]
The Observer 3/5 stars[10]
Pitchfork 7.8/10[11]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[12]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[13]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[14]

Crystal Castles is the debut studio album by Canadian electronic music duo Crystal Castles, released on March 18, 2008 by Lies Records and Last Gang 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.[11]

Accolades[edit]

Publication List Rank
Complex The 100 Best Albums of The Complex Decade[15] 76
Consequence of Sound The Top 100 Albums (2008)[16] 25
Drowned in Sound 50 Albums of 2008[17] 15
NME Top 50 Albums of 2008[18] 12
50 Greatest Debut Albums[19] Unranked
The Top 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade[20] 39
The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time[21] 477
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2008[22] 15
PopMatters The Best Albums of 2008[23] 17

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Untrust Us"   Kath 3:06
2. "Alice Practice"  
  • Kath
  • Matthew Wagner[a]
2:42
3. "Crimewave" (Crystal Castles vs. Health)
  • Kath
  • Health
Kath 4:18
4. "Magic Spells"   Kath Kath 6:07
5. "Xxzxcuzx Me"  
  • Kath
  • Glass
1:54
6. "Air War"   Kath Kath 4:12
7. "Courtship Dating"  
  • Kath
  • Glass
3:30
8. "Good Time"   Kath 2:56
9. "1991"   Kath Kath 1:53
10. "Vanished"  
Kath 4:02
11. "Knights"   Kath Kath 3:13
12. "Love and Caring"  
  • Kath
  • Glass
  • Kath
  • Crystal Castles[a]
  • Wagner[a]
2:18
13. "Through the Hosiery"  
  • Kath
  • Glass
  • Kath
  • Squeak E. Clean[a]
  • Crystal Castles[a]
3:07
14. "Reckless"   Kath Kath 3:28
15. "Black Panther"  
  • Kath
  • Glass
2:56
16. "Tell Me What to Swallow"  
  • Kath
  • Glass
Kath 2:14
Notes
  • ^a signifies a vocal producer.
  • ^b also a vocal producer.
Sample credits[25]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Crystal Castles.[25]

Crystal Castles
  • Ethan Kath – production (all tracks); mixing (tracks 3, 6, 16); vocal production (tracks 7, 15)
  • Alice Glass – vocals
  • Crystal Castles – vocal production (tracks 5, 12, 13)
Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australian Dance Albums Chart[26] 23
French Albums Chart[27] 175
Irish Albums Chart[28] 49
Scottish Albums Chart[29] 62
UK Albums Chart[30] 47
UK Independent Albums Chart[31] 3
US Top Electronic Albums[32] 6
US Top Heatseekers[33] 3
US Top Independent Albums[34] 32

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Phares, Heather. "Crystal Castles (II) – Crystal Castles". AllMusic. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ Hoby, Hermione (November 11, 2012). "Crystal Castles: (III) – review". The Guardian. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Reviews for Crystal Castles by Crystal Castles". Metacritic. Retrieved September 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Crystal Castles". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ Kharas, Kev (April 29, 2008). "Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ Lee, Youyoung (March 14, 2008). "Crystal Castles". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ Naylor, Tony (May 2, 2008). "Crystal Castles". NME. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  10. ^ Thompson, Ben (April 20, 2008). "Reviews 26–40". The Observer. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Cohen, Ian (March 17, 2008). "Crystal Castles: Crystal Castles". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  12. ^ Jayasuriya, Mehan (July 21, 2008). "Crystal Castles: Crystal Castles". PopMatters. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  13. ^ Hughes, Dave (April 6, 2008). "Crystal Castles: Crystal Castles". Slant Magazine. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  14. ^ Reeves, Mosi (April 2008). "Reviews: New CDs". Spin. 24 (4): 94. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  15. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of The Complex Decade". Complex. April 2, 2012. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  16. ^ Roffman, Michael (December 17, 2008). "CoS Year-End Report: The Top 100 Albums". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  17. ^ Adams, Sean (December 11, 2008). "Drowned in Sound's 50 albums of 2008". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Top 50 Albums Of 2008". NME. January 23, 2009. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  19. ^ "50 Greatest Debut Albums". NME. November 2010. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  20. ^ "The Top 100 Greatest Albums Of The Decade". NME. November 2009. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  21. ^ "The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time: 500–401". NME. 21 October 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  22. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2008". Pitchfork. December 19, 2008. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  23. ^ "The Best Albums of 2008". PopMatters. December 18, 2008. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
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  25. ^ a b Crystal Castles (CD liner notes). Crystal Castles. Last Gang Records. 2008. Q2 00962. 
  26. ^ "ARIA Dance – Week Commencing 7th April 2008" (PDF). ARIA Charts (945): 17. April 7, 2008. Retrieved February 20, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved February 11, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Top 75 Artist Album, Week Ending 1 May 2008". Chart-Track. Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. May 4–10, 2008. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Crystal Castles" (select "Albums" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  31. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. May 4–10, 2008. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Crystal Castles – Chart history: Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  33. ^ "Crystal Castles – Chart history: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  34. ^ "Crystal Castles – Chart history: Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved February 19, 2016.