Music » CD Reviews

The Crystal Method

Legion of Boom (V2)

by

comment
Big-beat boppers the Crystal Method are at their best when embellishing glowstick-worthy pieces with a swaggering mish-mash of styles. And the first two tracks on the duo's third disc, Legion of Boom, follow this blueprint with inspired results: "Starting Over" mixes the hushed hymnal quality of Radiohead's "Everything in Its Right Place" with jittery Underworld-style perforations and new-wave keyboard paranoia. "Born Too Slow" meshes psychobilly guitar lurches with maniacal wails from ex-Kyuss frontman John Garcia and shearing jags of industrial riffage.

Unfortunately, the rest of Boom suffers from the same ennui and lack of originality that has plagued the recent work by BT, whose dance-floor blurts inform many of these songs. Labored computerized effects as dated as Christmas fruitcake, repetitive bum's-rushes of club-crawling rhythms, and a lack of TCM's previously prominent rockist attitude drag down collaborations with Roots member Rahzel ("American Way") and render tunes featuring actress/model Milla Jovovich ("I Know It's You") and Bellrays vocalist Lisa Kekaula ("Realizer") generic. More of a holding pattern than a sonic explosion, Boom is ultimately a bust.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.