Album: (III)
Producer: Ethan Kath
Label: Casablanca, Republic, Fiction

With indiscernible vocals, maxed-out synths, and a gothic, demonic surge that runs through most of Crystal Castles' music, "Affection" can be pretty harsh on the ears. We like it that way, though. There's enough sugary pop out there, and to balance it all out, Crystal Castles pushes things to the opposite extreme.

On each album, however, they flirt with something a little more digestible, and sometimes those are their best moments. "Affection" is still a ghost of a pop song, but there's the hint of a skeleton there, and that makes it almost human, almost approachable, and a standout from the Toronto duo's most recent album. AM

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