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(III) by Crystal Castles
Released: Nov 2012
Label: Casablanca
One of singer Alice Glass' few detectable lines comes at the end of "Kerosene": "I'll protect you from all the things I've seen." If (III)'s icy, paranoid darkwave is any indication, we fear she's seen too much. Even in its dreamier moments ("Affection," "Child I Will Hurt You"), there's still a sense of doom behind every ghostly drone, woozy synth, Atari blip, bass-dense throb and satanic backward loop ("Plague" has it all and more). When Glass isn't purring like a faraway ghost, she shouts with a distant terror that sounds like Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss being sucked into a black hole.
Stephanie Benson
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