The Crystal Method (album)

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The Crystal Method
The crystal method 2014.jpg
Studio album by The Crystal Method
Released January 14, 2014
Recorded Los Angeles, California
Genre Electronica, trip hop, breakbeat
Label Tiny e
The Crystal Method chronology
Divided by Night
(2009)Divided by Night2009
The Crystal Method
(2014)
Singles from The Crystal Method
  1. "Emulator"
    Released: October 2013
  2. "Over It"
    Released: December 2013

The Crystal Method is electronic duo The Crystal Method's self-titled fifth studio album.[1][2] The album was released on January 14, 2014, although it was set to be released in 2013, but delayed due to Scott Kirkland's brain surgery in early 2013. The whole album was set as a free stream on Hype Machine on January 4, 2014.[3] The cover, sleeve and digital booklet was designed by Bob Kadrie with band photography by Chapman Baehler.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]
Alternative Press 3.5/5 stars[5]
The A.V. Club B-[6]
CraveOnline 7/10[7]
Las Vegas Weekly 3/5 stars[8]
USA Today 2/4 stars[9]

The Crystal Method garnered a mixture of both positive and mixed ratings from music critics. At Alternative Press, Annie Zaleski rated it three-and-a-half stars, commenting that the album "Nods elsewhere to New Order's lurching bass, Daft Punk's robotic funk and crushing synthrock are just the cherry on top."[5] Ian Robinson of CraveOnline rated it a seven-out-of-ten, calling it "a decent album, just not what I was hoping for from the dynamic duo of EDM."[7] At The A.V. Club, Lily Moayeri graded it a B-, feeling that the album "is not a comprehensive listening album, but it's not meant to be."[6] Gregory Heaney of Allmusic rated it three stars, writing that the band "are tied more to their mission than the means of completing it".[4] At Las Vegas Weekly, Mike Prevatt rated it three stars, noting how the band "roars with a familiar vigor and distinction."[8] Edna Gunderson of USA Today rated it two out of four stars, commenting that "many of these tracks [sound] desperate or dated."[9]

Track listing[2][3][edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Emulator" 5:14
2. "Over It" (featuring Dia Frampton) 3:14
3. "Sling the Decks" 4:50
4. "Storm the Castle" (with Le Castle Vania) 4:22
5. "110 to the 101" 5:46
6. "Jupiter Shift" 5:03
7. "Dosimeter" (with Nick Thayer) 6:16
8. "Grace" (featuring LeAnn Rimes) 5:06
9. "Difference" (featuring Franky Perez) 4:04
10. "Metro" 1:26
11. "After Hours" (featuring Afrobeta) 3:52

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Album On Sale Now | 2014 Tour Dates". The Crystal Method. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  2. ^ a b "The Crystal Method to Release Self-Titled Album, 1/14/2014 - BWWMusicWorld". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  3. ^ a b "The Crystal Method - The Crystal Method: Exclusive Album Premiere on Hype Machine". Hypem.com. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  4. ^ a b Heaney, Gregory (January 14, 2014). "The Crystal Method - The Crystal Method". Allmusic. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Zaleski, Annie (2014). "The Crystal Method – The Crystal Method". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. February 2014 (307): 91. ISSN 1065-1667. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Moayeri, Lily (January 14, 2014). "The Crystal Method attempts to blend tried and trendy on a new LP". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Robinson, Iann (January 15, 2014). "Review: Crystal Method 'Crystal Method' Stays Safe in Tedium". CraveOnline. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Prevatt, Mike (January 15, 2014). "CD Review: The Crystal Method's new self-titled album". The Observer. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Gunderson, Edna (January 14, 2014). "Listen Up: Notable new releases". USA Today. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 

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