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Divided by Night
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2009 release, the fourth album by Electronic music pioneers Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland (AKA The Crystal Method). Bolstered by the innovation, flexibility and craftsmanship that made the duo club culture icons, Divided By Night is nothing short of a masterpiece and easily the duo's most inventive and accomplished album to date! Divided By Night explodes with an assortment of high caliber guests which includes New Order bassist Peter Hook, Metric front-woman Emily Haines, drummer Samantha Maloney, one-time Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle and She Wants Revenge vocalist Justin Warfield.

Customer Reviews:

  • Worth The Wait
    Overall, this album feels much more like an evolution towards the sound the Chemical Brothers have been toying with for years now. Unlike the Chems, who I often find can forget that listenability is important on some albums, Jordan and Kirkland make a great effort to keep the album constanttly in motion. Some of the criticisms of overproduction and too many guest stars have validity, but the missteps are made in the name of progression and can be forgiven. In light of the albums the group has released, the overall sound to the album shouldn't be all that shocking. If you're expecting another Vegas, it would be wise to stop and come at this fresh. For better or worse, those who only found the debut album of the duo to be worth listening will find this to be a big change, but it's not a bad shift. What this album does exceptionally well is show the versatility of the group, as they can clearly handle a wide range of genre and sound. I've seen the word 'masterpiece' floating around describing this album, and I think that might be a bit premature. It's very listenable even to those who may not like Vegas or electronica in general, and it still holds up as a solid release for fans of the group from way back. If you can get past the desire for another Vegas, you'll find a lot to like here.

    1. Divided By Night - A great laid-back track to kick the album off. Dark and melodic, for me this brought brought some of the better moments off Tweekend.

    2. Dirty Thirty (feat. Peter Hook) - At first a jarring change from the opening track, this track gradually evolves into solidly listenable tune. Funky bass line, some very Aphex Twin-y noiseplay intermixed.

    3. Drown In The Now (feat. Matisyahu) - A standout track. Good mix of lyrical style and music here. An uptempo electronic reggae tune, with some fantastic vocal range out of Matisyahu.

    4. Kling To The Wreckage (feat. Justin Warfield) - A tonal shift on this track, but another good use of vocals. Much poppier and uptempo, brings to mind the Chemical Brothers.

    5. Smile? - A very heavy, early TCM sounding track. A nice mid-album transitional track, forms a solid bridge to Sine Language.

    6. Sine Language (feat. LMFAO) - Starts off promising, then the vocals come in. Very catchy and strong musically, but the generic rap lyrics are boring and wasted. A shame, this has some great old-school John Carpenter sounding material. Hoping for an insturmental version, it would hold up well.

    7. Double Down Under - Another standout track, this one brings some of that Fluke feeling, with heavy techno and growled background vocals.

    8. Come Back Clean (feat. Emily Haines) - A very British house sound on this track, poppy and so catchy the emptiness of the vocals doesn't hurt a thing. Quick and bouncy.

    9. Slipstream (feat. Jason Lytle) - This is a tough one. There are moments of great sound, but the overall feel is very throwaway. Unlike the last track, the bland pop here hurts the track. This could have come from anyone, no signature feel.

    10. Black Rainbows (feat. Stefanie King Warfield) - Like Come Back Clean, a very British feel but some great sound work going on to help bolster the vocals.

    11. Blunts & Robots (feat. Peter Hook) - Light but not poppy, this is a nice track to start winding down the album.

    12. Falling Hard (Feat. Meiko) - This is the most out of place track on the album. It sounds like a Dido or Lily Allen track, but randomness aside it's a nice finish to the album. Slow and melodic.

    The easiest way to sum this album up is that it's the newest variation on The Crystal Method. This is not Vegas 2, nor should it have been. Are there bumps on the road? Sure, but at least the group is trying to get somewhere. This is a good interlude while we wait for the next true masterpiece....more info
  • Good, not great. A quick, summary review.
    Personally, I think people are being a little hard. Even with stumbles, there is a lot to enjoy on this album. For a change, there is lots of variety and experimentation. There are a lot of new sounds and some stutter edits, which are cool to hear from TCM. I have finally realized that TCM loves making songs for car commercials.

    The lyrics in most of the songs are awful. They keep at least the first 9 tracks energetic and/or interesting even if some of the tracks are ultimately ho-hum. Once again, TCM's time signature is insanely predictable.

    For context I love Vegas. It took me a while to get into Tweekend, but now it is my favorite of theirs. Legion of Boom had some great tracks, but it was far too lazy. For Legion, they clearly only gave a crap about 3 or 4 tracks and it feels like they stuck previously "shelved" songs in between them. Drive was an interesting concept, but also a tad uninspired. It just didn't feel like much of a big deal.

    The new album starts off pretty chill, but fun. Divided by Night is just a tight simple track reminiscent of Vegas work.

    Dirty Thirty is definitely a standout track. Energetic mix of Vegas, Tweekend and Legion of Boom. Classic Crystal Method.

    Drown in the Now starts off differently than what we've heard from TCM before. However, it quickly transitions into very classic Method. TCM's affinity for hip-hop shines through on this track. One thing that frustrates me about this track is that the vocals seem to compete with rest of the music from time to time. It has an interesting bridge - especially with the vocals. Pretty chill and haunting outro.

    Kling to the Wreckage starts off great. Energetic and interesting. However, the vocals by Justin Warfield are mind-blowing awful, especially in the bridge because the rest of the music is an assault of sound. The track is very 80's synth pop inspired. Reminds me of a cheap David Bowie rip-off in regards to the vocals. Would have loved this song without Warfield vocals. First stumble.

    Smile? Awesome track. TCM foundation, but definitely the first track that shows absolute growth from the band. The pace is a little laid back, but the bass work is a real delight.

    Sine Language starts out a little slow, but very reminiscent of TCM in Vegas days. Awful, awful lyrics. Track quickly ramps up to Tweekend inspiration.

    Double Down Under. Nice start. Energetic, could be a track bridging the gap between Vegas and Tweekend, yet it's strangely house/club at times. This is probably the third track on the album that injects a little 80's synth at times.

    Come Back Clean. Just when I thought the last track was a bit more house that we've come to expect from TCM, we get this one. The bridges are ridiculously strange. Credit due for keeping the track unpredictable, which is a huge feat for TCM. Again, terrible lyrics. Even though I am so-so to the track, it stays energetic.

    Slipstream. Reminiscent of Tweekend in the intro. While the vocals aren't my favorite, they are better than Kling to the Wreckage. Atrocious lyrics once again. However, the track turns into some adult contemporary trash during the verse. Eventually, the track brings down the tempo and becomes particularly fun. Interesting moments here and there, but this track really shouldn't have used lyrics.

    Black Rainbows. Snore. No new territory for the band, nor would it be for any artist. The only TCM I hear in this song is their signature, slamming, raspy bass line. Otherwise, this is club trash and I expect better from TCM.

    Blunts & Robots. Whew, I was starting to freak out a little with Black Rainbows. Reminiscent of Tweekend, but it comes into it's own. The bridge is a bit awkward though with the synth piano.

    Falling Hard. As a fan of Delerium/Conjure One, I appreciate this track, but as mentioned several times, the track is completely out of place. It isn't a bad track by any means. It's nice enough, although the 80's clapping, drum track is super weird. Ultimately, this track completely ruins the pace of the album. What a downer!

    Overall, this album is enjoyable, but forgettable, minus a few tracks. I appreciate that TCM kept the variety going this time around. It's something we haven't seen them do in a long time. Clearly, the duo were excited about this album, it's just a shame that the music doesn't do much to rise above passable. Tracks 1, 2, 3 and 5 are especially great, and worthy of a TCM record. The rest are throwaway. Shame, I really wanted to love this album, and instead I will put in on a shelf and revisit it on occasion to enjoy the tracks I really like....more info
  • No thanks
    I only bought the album because I thought it would grow on me.

    Download "Smile" and "Drown in the Now" and then forget about it. I was excited when I heard they collaborated a lot on this album. But I didn't know it was going to be with cheap vocals and awkward rhymes.

    Way over hyped.

    I liked Vegas the best. It's been downhill from there in my opinion....more info
  • good is good, bad is bad
    Production on this album is great. The good songs on here are really good. The bad ones, like the majority of the ones with vocals, just don't cut it. Averages out to be a 3-star album because of this.

    Unless you're a hardcore fan, I suggest getting the tracks you like rather than the entire album....more info
  • Listen Again
    Sure, Divided By Night is something different from TCM, however that being said it is still good. I bought the MP3 version this morning and have been listening to it all day since. This is not Vegas, Tweekend, or Legion of Boom, but it has brought together elements from all 3 previous albums and added some new flare. Many of the tracks have guest appearances and don't sound like TCM right away but they will grow on you including Dirty Thirty, Drown in the Now, Black Rainbows, and Kling to the Wreckage all of which are very enjoyable. Most of the guest tracks are much more vocal then previous albums, and that may throw off some people.

    Beyond guest appearances this album has many other gems including the title track Divided By Night, Smile?, Double Down Under, and Blunts and Rainbows. There was only one track I was not a fan of and that was Come Back Clean, a little too poppy for me. Other than that TCM delivers from beginning to end. Don't judge this album on a 30 second preview or even you first listen through, it is a good album and deserves at least a second listen. I know I will definitely be listening to this album for years to come, and will gladly await for more new material from TCM. ...more info
  • Crystal Method still relevant (solid 4 stars)
    Those expecting something along the lines of 'Vegas' or 'Tweekend' and a relatively unchanging TCM will be disappointed. Those who accept that an artist needs to evolve to be at their creative best will find a lot of pleasure in this album.

    The best way I can describe DBN is that it is what The Propellerheads might have evolved to sound like had tragedy not befallen that group. Fans of bands like Adult., Dntel, Death in Vegas, & Ladytron will probably find a lot of pleasure in these tracks, as it display qualities of emotronica (is that even a word? It is now). But is that all it is limited to? I would venture to say that listeners of Aesop Rock and generally of the Anticon label will probably find the hip hop here more than acceptable, especially on the first single 'Drown in the Now' feat. Matisyahu. Even a fans of Interpol (if they like electronica) will be pleased with the efforts on display in DBN.

    Overall TCM puts forth high quality effort on this album that does not leave them mired in a variation of the same sound that made them superstars on the timeless & classic 'Vegas', but which takes them to another level of their development and moving forward with electronica in general.

    I would compare DBN to recent efforts by extraordinary new artists like Santogold, M.I.A, and the solo efforts of Roisin Murphy. I do this not because it sounds like these, but because all of these artists have variations of electronica behind their own music blended in unexpected and creative ways to create a sound that is unique to them and pretty much undescribale without just listening to it. This is what DBN is, something new, fresh, and difficult to define by any particular genre.

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  • Van Hagar, The Sequel
    I love Crystal Method. They have rocked my world with every single album. They understood my needs. When I heard about "Divided By Night" coming, I preordered it from Amazon and anxiously awaited its arrival. And as soon as it arrived, I ripped it to my iPod, and cranked up the volume. Within minutes, I was enveloped by the same feeling that I had when I first heard "5150" (the first post-David Lee Roth Van Halen album). Someone has castrated my favourite band.

    As a fan well-versed in the Crystal Method, I found only one song even remotely resembling former glory. "Double Down Under" feels like Crystal Method. It comes on dirty and hedonistic. This is Crystal Method. Plug in the power drill and you know that they're going to take it from you, place the drill bit against your temple, and burrow it down into your brain for a good, continuous 45 minutes. Unfortunately, "Double Down Under" is sabotaged at the 2 1/2 minute mark with some bubble gummy stairstepping melody. Lobotomy averted. Bummer.

    I can't tell you how disappointed I am with this album. Have these guys gone all Angelina Jolie, adopted 30 kids, and become family men? Did they just recently listen to Carlos Santana's "revival" album and think "let's do it electronica style"? And Peter Hook... please learn a new riff. You've been playing that one since "Low Life."

    I love Crystal Method. I listen to "Community Service 2" at least once a week. It's still my favourite mix of all time. But this new one...

    Guys. Put down the Cosmos, slap each other around, and get back to your roots. I eagerly await your next album. Your flock misses you.

    ...more info
  • Put off at first, but love it now.
    The first time I listened to it I had a negative reaction like, apparently, a lot of TCM fans did. However, I have had a chance to listen to it alot more since then and now I LOVE IT! I have been playing it non-stop all Memorial Day weekend.

    Every album that TCM has put out has been different from the one before. That should be applauded, not condemned. Those of you who want to hear another Vegas need to grow up. My God, that album is over ten years old and you want them to keep putting that same sound out? ...more info
  • Longtime fan disappointed.
    Bummer. That's all I can say. No serious killer cuts. Only a couple good tunes. Did someone just pick stuff out of the archives and spin some new loops into an "album"? Guys, c'mon. Put out something that either rocks our world with its progress, or does credit to past hits....more info
  • Identity Crisis
    The aging electronic act dilemma: Your once trendy and relevant sound has been bypassed by new trendy and relevant ones. Do you maintain your base and play to those loyal subjects who have stuck by you through album after album of increasing mediocrity or do you make one last grab for relevance and either connect with a new generation of electronic music fan or embarrass yourself in the process completely alienating your die-hard fans?

    I feel at odds writing a serious review of a Crystal Method album. I have been of the aforementioned loyal subject base since `Vegas' but have never really turned to the duo for substantive music. They've always been my go-to group for mindless, big-sounding, soundtrack-my-life music that wasn't so mindlessly constructed. And though nothing they've made since 1997 holds any real weight (as an album or otherwise), there have always been those two or four per album tracks that make it on to a personal compilation here or there.

    With `Divided By Night', The Crystal Method have disguised a serious identity crisis as their fourth album.

    While the title track and five others are standard TCM fare, the rest `kling' too much to pop-oriented vocal appearances rather than the actual music backing them. Having said that: the `standard fare' are solid, but sound too tech-heavy and over-produced to really leave any impression. The hooks are very few. The sound is very middle-of-the-road and ultimately unimpressive. I find myself wanting to like this album due to the great shows I've made it to and the memories I have of the old. That is not a good place to be with a new album

    I'll take `Vegas' and the eight or so songs I really like from the following three albums and leave The Crystal Method to their own un-doing. They've done a great deal for me but it's time to part ways.

    May 12, 2009
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  • Wow, not that good
    I was so hyped to buy this album. I listened to it twice and was not really impressed. I have followed TCM from day one but this has to be the weakest stuff yet. The hard edge is pretty much gone. First off, throw out the guest vocals to all the songs and you have a good starting point. Beef up and add more beats and you are getting closer to it being a great album. I'm really enjoy song # 7 but that really the only song that has the TCM feel. It's hard to see a group like this take a down turn when you have groups like the Prodigy who have been around for ever and have just produced a stellar album with 'Invaders Must Die'. Maybe I'm being to harsh but I'm really disappointed with what I have heard in this album. Maybe if I get enough nerve to listen to it again it might grow on me but at this point it's just thrown in the pile with the rest of the cd's....more info
  • Van Hagar, The Sequel
    I love Crystal Method. They have rocked my world with every single album. They understood my needs. When I heard about "Divided By Night" coming, I preordered it from Amazon and anxiously awaited its arrival. And as soon as it arrived, I ripped it to my iPod, and cranked up the volume. Within minutes, I was enveloped by the same feeling that I had when I first heard "5150" (the first post-David Lee Roth Van Halen album). Someone has castrated my favourite band.

    As a fan well-versed in the Crystal Method, I found only one song even remotely resembling former glory. "Double Down Under" feels like Crystal Method. It comes on dirty and hedonistic. This is Crystal Method. Plug in the power drill and you know that they're going to take it from you, place the drill bit against your temple, and burrow it down into your brain for a good, continuous 45 minutes. Unfortunately, "Double Down Under" is sabotaged at the 2 1/2 minute mark with some bubble gummy stairstepping melody. Lobotomy averted. Bummer.

    I can't tell you how disappointed I am with this album. Have these guys gone all Angelina Jolie, adopted 30 kids, and become family men? Did they just recently listen to Carlos Santana's "revival" album and think "let's do it electronica style"? And Peter Hook... please learn a new riff. You've been playing that one since "Low Life."

    I love Crystal Method. I listen to "Community Service 2" at least once a week. It's still my favourite mix of all time. But this new one...

    Guys. Put down the Cosmos, slap each other around, and get back to your roots. I eagerly await your next album. Your flock misses you.

    ...more info
  • A good variety of catchy songs
    This is a pretty good CD on its own merits. It's got a little bit of classic TCM beats and square waves, it's got some mellow vocal bits reminiscent of OSI, it's got out and out British 80s style vocals and some rap and some reggae. It all reminds me a lot of Utah Saints with a heavier backline.

    I've long since faced that they'll never do anything as good as _Vegas_ again. But even another _Vegas_ or _Tweekend_ would be boring now - _Legion_ bored me, through no real fault of its own. TCM are obviously getting a little bored too, which isn't a bad thing. You have to change it up every now and then like Juno Reactor does.

    Some people view this as a sellout, but I'm inclined to think they just wanted to do something different, and take it for what it is. I found myself tapping my feet along with the beats and humming and singing along, which puts it above most stuff. It certainly isn't boring.
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  • Way too many 'feat.'
    Hmm.. this has to be one of the hardest discs I've had to rate in ages, and there in lies the problem; the disc has a major identity crisis. On the one hand we get TCM doing what they do, then we get what I feel are the exec's doing what they do... trot out anyone and everyone to try and pump up sales. I'm sorry but we TCM fans are going to be here a lot longer than the fan that turns up because ..OMG.. Justin.. ..Warfield is on this!!!

    In the past certain tracks have contained vocals for sure, but somehow they melded with the sound and became one, now the music is somehow less evident on certain tracks and more relegated to background status.

    I was lucky enough to nab this at the $2.99 price point, had I not, I still would NOT have been disappointed to pay $8.99 however I have waited a long time for this disc and feel like it's Crystal Method-lite. There are certainly some stand out tracks, maybe even a couple that rate as some of their best (their sound is maturing and I like the direction) but as a whole it's just too inconsistent. Better than 'Drive' for sure, marginally better than 'Legion' but still nowhere near the first two.

    Divided by Night - 4 stars
    Dirty 30 - 4.5 stars
    Drown in the Now - 2.5 stars
    Kling to the Wreckage - 2 stars
    Smile - 4.5 stars
    Sine Language - 4 stars
    Double Down Under - 4 stars
    Come Back Clean - 1 star (is this even TCM?)
    Slipstream - 3.5 stars
    Black Rainbows - 3 stars
    Blunts and Robots - 3 stars
    Falling Hard - 2 stars

    My mix - it's a shame I have to do this -


    Divided by Night
    Dirty 30
    Smile
    Sine Language
    Double Down Under
    Slipstream
    Black Rainbows
    Blunts and Robots
    Falling Hard
    Kling to the Wreckage
    Drown in the Now
    Come Back Clean
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  • Solid CD, but worth the wait?
    I couldn't wait for this CD to come out....so naturally when it dropped, I snagged it ASAP.

    My first thoughts were " what a bunch of F**ing sellouts!", but then after listening a few more times, I softened my criticsm.

    It is actually a pretty solid CD, although a tad over produced, and I am not particularly pleased with all the "guest" vocal appearences.

    This is no different to what Oakenfold and Van Dyk have done in the past to try and increase the number of listeners and gain new fans with the whole "vocal trance" thing, so this CD was inevitable.

    To me, their core sound remains mostly intact, with the addition of vocals to their tracks.

    Again, this was not what I was expecting, but after a few listens, I warmed to the concept. In NO WAY, shape or form is this like Vegas, which I think was 5 stars all the way, but is still listenable and catchy.

    I hope when they release their next CD, they go back to their roots, or choose another direction, and not follow the rest of the trance crowd.

    mhk...more info
  • The crystal method know how to deliver
    I had the pleasure of experiencing the crystal method live the day before this album came out. The jams on divided by night are incredible. They are unique and innovative. These guys are a mighty musical team!...more info
  • I like it
    I'm a huge fan of Crystal Methods other stuff. Legion of Boom and Vegas always pump me up. This album isn't exactly the same, but its not bad either. Its a little bit more mellow than their other stuff, but still upbeat enough. I like the change and would definitely recommend this album. You cant expect every album from an artist to be exactly the same....more info