Elitists didn't want to believe that Crystal Castles could make a song this good, this year. In a world where critics frame their opinions around anything but how the music sounds, Alice Glass' habit of chugging whiskey onstage at shows packed with teenagers wasn't doing her any favors. People really hate when a buzz band gets rich and starts living that life, but don't get caught up in the snob cycle; "Celestica" is fire and we'd stand by that without knowing any backstory. The band moved from barely audible, abrasive vocals to thoughtfully constructed pop melodies. The result is still "digital fantasy world" status, but not in a way that requires us to give our friends who only listen to rap a disclaimer before playing it. Crystal Castles made the most accessible record of their short career without abandoning their signature style, and it worked like a charm.
#5. Crystal Castles "Celestica"
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