ALBUM REVIEW: Crystal Castles – Amnesty (I) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 19.08.16





Crystal Castles’ fourth album further embraces the bittersweet side of their nature. Though the riotous skewed banging aspects of their debut (and follow-ups) are still hinted at in tracks like Enth and Concrete, compositional choices are more reined in here, and an ever slicker production makes this latest record their most comfortable long-play listening experience. New vocalist Edith Frances’ gentler delivery compliments this direction too.

Though Amnesty veils Crystal Castles’ more unpredictable aggressive expressions, their melodic artillery that delivers the agony and ecstasy is promoted to the frontline. This coherent playlist builds from melancholic yearnings, including the single Char, to a euphoric finale – the bliss of Kept, and then the sweat and morning reality of Their Kindness Is Charade.


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