Crystal Castles ‎– Crystal Castles

[PIAS] Recordings ‎– 451.1200.028, Different ‎– DIFB 1200 CD, Last Gang Records ‎– none, Lies Records ‎– none
CD, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Untrust Us
Written-By [Sample] – DFA 1979*
2 Alice Practice
Recorded By [Vocals] – Matthew Wagner
3 Crimewave (Crystal Castles Vs. Health)
Written-By [Sample] – HEALTH (2)
4 Magic Spells 6:07
5 XXZXCUZX Me 1:54
6 Air War
Lyrics By [Uncredited] – James JoyceWritten-By [Sample] – Luciano Berio
7 Courtship Dating
Backing Vocals [Background Screaming] – HEALTH (2)Recorded By [Additional Vocals] – Alex Bonenfant
8 Good Time
Written-By [Sample] – Drinking Electricity
9 1991 1:54
10 Vanished
Written-By [Sample] – Van She
11 Knights 3:14
12 Love And Caring 2:19
13 Through The Hosiery 3:07
14 Reckless 3:28
15 Black Panther 2:57
16 Tell Me What To Swallow
Recorded By [Recorded With] – Alex Bonenfant



CD comes in a digipak with a sticker on the front, a poster and an insert with credit information.

Mastered at The Exchange.

Track 1 contains a sample of "Dead Womb" by Death From Above 1979 (used with permission).
Track 4 contains a sample of "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five.
Track 6 contains a sample of Luciano Berio's "Thema-Omaggio A Joyce."
Track 8 contains a sample of "Good Times (Dance Mix)" by Drinking Electricity.
Track 10 contains a sample of the vocals and melody of "Sex City" as written and performed by Van She (used with permission).

Tracks 2, 5, & 12 are unmixed.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 413356 590029
  • Label Code: LC07800
  • Rights Society: sabam/biem

Other Versions (5 of 18) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CDPRO LG26193 Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(CD, Album, Promo, Wat) Last Gang Records CDPRO LG26193 Canada 2008 Sell This Version
CTX396CD Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(CD, Album, Dig) Lies Records CTX396CD Australia & New Zealand 2008 Sell This Version
none Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(17xFile, AAC, Album, VBR) Last Gang Records none US 2008
PCCY-01868 Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(CD, Album) Canyon International PCCY-01868 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
none Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(16xFile, AAC, Album, 256) Last Gang Records none US 2008



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January 30, 2013
It's fun to go back to this duo's debut when they have matured so well in the third album. This is maybe the most comercially successful chiptune album, with Zomby at its toes (and some parts in the Postal Service album), and of course it is one of those electronica album embraced by hipsters, loved, and then quickly discarded. Look at the cover: hipster paradise.

But there is some good in these songs. The songs try to blend electropop with punk attitude, with harsh keyboards and a voice from Alice that is sometimes gentle and sometimes shouty. There are big hits, like "Crimewave" or "Untrust Us", there are noisy short tracks, but it is mostly an electro album not very far from Adult.

And then there are my favourites. "Reckless" is a wonderful videogame tune, something that starts like a Rastan Saga soundtrack and with just some added elements become an epic electro tune. And then there is "Magic Spells", the most chilled moment of the album and maybe the most beautiful moment of their career.

Their debut is uneven, but not only has hints of their later works; it has also a good electronica album. Don't let the hipsters fool you about his.