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The Crystal Method
Divided By Night
Tiny e Records
www.thecrystalmethod.com


I'm gonna jump right into it here. Divided By Night, the long awaited release from The Crystal Method, hit the shelves earlier this year and the electronica/techno/club world rejoiced. All right, I'm not sure if they rejoiced but I'm really thinking they should have if they didn't. I know I did.

Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland have been putting out fantastic music since the late 1990s and have collaborated with many people over the years without much fail. I'm happy to sit here and tell you that they didn't let anyone down with this release. It was well worth the wait. However if you're waiting for another Vegas, or Tweekend, you're going to be sad. It's just nowhere near the same. This release is far more lyrical. Far more bass heavy. The beats and music are just phenomenal. If anything takes you on a musical journey, this one will.

The Crystal Method has found a brilliant way to intertwine the completely different styles of artists to create something worthy to stand on their own, with the artists. Any of these tracks that feature the likes of Meiko, LMFAO, Matisyahu and the unmistakable bass styling of Peter Hook from New Order, could easily stand on their own personal CDs. The Crystal Method never once compromise their featured artists just to cram two worlds together. They have perfectly melded with the artist's style instead of having them 'star' on their own brand of awesome. In fact, there's only three songs on the entire CD that don't feature another act. The title track, "Divided By Night," the fifth one "Smile?" and track number seven, "Double Down Under" are the only ones. That's it kids. They won't let you down but by far they aren't the most interesting to me. I know how The Crystal Method does their own songs and I was happy to hear more variety and other artists featured. I was giddy to hear that sad bass by Peter Hook play out on "Dirty Thirty" and "Blunts And Robots." Personally, I was more interested in what the other artists had to offer with them, and they delivered. They melded so easily with the duo. It's simply amazing work. It's practically edible.

Overall, I think people are already so happy to hear from The Crystal Method after such a long absence. I know I am and it was well worth the wait.

-Elysabeth Williams

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