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The 50 Best Albums of 2012

19. Crystal Castles, (III)

Label: Casablanca, Republic, Fiction
Released: November 8

We know what to expect from Crystal Castles at this point. The best thing about (III) is that they don't surprise us. Ethan Kath's transfixed instrumentals? Check. Alice Glass' indiscernible lyrics? Check.

A new album from this duo is like another installment in a tried-and-true horror film franchise. The thrills are familiar, the scares are predictable, and yet, we still jump out of seats at the same point every time.

Crystal Castles gives the listener what they want, but there's always the sense that they're committed to their own consistent vision. Sometimes fully meeting expectations is better than surpassing them. -EB

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