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The Crystal Method - Tweekend Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 July 2001

The Crystal Method

format: CD
label: Geffen Records
release year: 2001
performance: 8
sound 8
reviewed by: Jerry Del Colliano

ImageLos Angeles-based Crystal Method is one of the most successful acts in the electronic genre of music. On top of being a favorite for bass freak audio enthusiasts, the Crystal Method have formulated a mix of styles that have actually crossed over from the fringe rave movement into more mainstream pop music.
The formula for the Crystal Method’s music is quite effective, starting with a hard-hitting beat. Singing comes from either guest appearances or carefully selected samples that are well-chosen, which makes for repetitive but engaging material for commercially appealing musical hooks. Depending on the tune, you can hear everything from heavy guitars to way-out techno sounds to more atmospheric accompaniments. The last element is what hooks most readers, especially the ones who own a good subwoofer or two. The lure of Crystal Method is thunderous bass. The low end is driving, deep and tight throughout the record.

The content on Tweekend is consistently good, featuring two songs that I consider to be radio-worthy hits. The first is "Wild, Sweet and Cool," a tune that is powered by a bass line that could become your new bass reference test for a good music playback system. Lots of cool guitar work factors into a musical tapestry based around the repetitive quote of "wild, sweet and cool." Like any DJs worth their salt, the Crystal Method control the intensity of the tune, building up to intense breaks. The R&B inspiration, in the form of backup singers, adds a more melodic element to the track, which will make it more appealing to a wider audience.

The other seemingly obvious hit is the tune "Murder," featuring the vocals of Stone Temple Pilots front man Scott Wieland, along with the guitars of Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine. Morello also produces on many of the tracks of Tweekend. Once again, there is good balance between the harder elements of the techno and Rage-esque guitars. The drum beat is slamming and the song is well layered. The intensity is high, despite not moving at the breakneck speed you’ll hear on more poorly produced electronic records, especially in the drum and bass genre. The fact that the Crystal Method can pull Wieland and Morello in for a track on their record is a testament to how popular they have become.

Tweekend is a must-have for electronic fans and anyone who loved he Crystal Method’s breakthrough record, Vegas. This effort is more polished, hits harder and features some bad-ass guest appearances, an element needed to up the ante and stay fresh as up-and-coming A-List talent in the world of pop music. For those who haven’t heard the Crystal Method before but are intrigued by their mix of the pop and electronic genres – consider Tweekend a good place to start. Tweekend’s audio quality is quite good, with stellar bass. The record is good fun and perfect for the car, thanks to driving bass and consistently slammin’ beats.

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