Many professional critics had complimentary opinions towards the album, one writer for Delusions of Adequacy calling it "one of the best electronic albums of the year." The record ranked in the top 20 on numerous year-end lists by publications such as Pitchfork, NME, and Pop Matters and landed on lists of the best albums of the 2000s by NME and Complex.In 2013, Crystal Castles was number 477 on NME's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time." As Kath explained, “I originally gave Alice [Glass] a CD of 24 songs to choose from back when we first started, and some kid took 16 of them and put them up on the Internet as the album, and people have been reviewing it.Crystal Castles is a compilation of sold-out singles that made the duo famous internationally, as well as unreleased demos recorded in 2004 and three new cuts produced for the album: "Untrust Us, "Courtship Dating," and "Tell Me What to Swallow." The content on the LP includes samples of tracks from acts such as Death from Above 1979, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Luciano Berio, Drinking Electricity, and Van She.Some professional music journalists highlighted its random and unpredictable nature as well as its unique style and sound.At least Timbaland was using a sample; some artists steal whole songs outright. It was released on Play It Again Sam Records on July 21, 2008, despite the fact that the release was supposed to be canceled.In some cases, though, artists are resorting to outright theft.In the most recent case, part of the problem is people misunderstanding Creative Commons licenses, even though those licenses are designed to encourage sharing.
They issued four singles: Alice Practice (1 June 2006), Crimewave (Crystal Castles vs HEALTH) (13 August 2007), Air War (17 December 2007), and Courtship Dating (31 March 2008).The best known case, of course, is the infamous 2007 Timbaland Controversy, in which Timbaland apparently stole musical elements from Finnish demoscene artist Tempest in the song Do It by Nelly Furtado.(See EM411 story, Wikipedia article.) But Timbaland isn’t alone.They are known for their melancholic lo-fi sound and their explosive live shows.Their debut album was included in NME's "Top 50 Albums of the Decade".