Legion of Boom

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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
The marriage of phat dance beats and chunky rock guitars is nothing new in 2004, but L.A. duo the Crystal Method, who've been at it for more than a decade, are among the best matchmakers around. As on their last album, 2001's Tweekend, here Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland team up with some musically inclined pals who give their beefy beats an extra jolt of style. A prime example is the rock-drenched single "Born Too Slow," which moonlights as a soundtrack for the video racing game Need Speed for Underground. The Method men bring to the track a body-grooving pulse, a dance-floor-bred siren call, and new-wavey synths, which are pummeled into shape by muscular guitar ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
The marriage of phat dance beats and chunky rock guitars is nothing new in 2004, but L.A. duo the Crystal Method, who've been at it for more than a decade, are among the best matchmakers around. As on their last album, 2001's Tweekend, here Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland team up with some musically inclined pals who give their beefy beats an extra jolt of style. A prime example is the rock-drenched single "Born Too Slow," which moonlights as a soundtrack for the video racing game Need Speed for Underground. The Method men bring to the track a body-grooving pulse, a dance-floor-bred siren call, and new-wavey synths, which are pummeled into shape by muscular guitar riffs courtesy of Limp Bizkit's Wes Borland and the angst-infused wails of former Kyuss throat-man John Garcia -- it's in your face and in your body all at once. As arresting as the song is, the stylistic diversity Jordan and Kirkland flaunt elsewhere is what makes Legion of Boom stick as an album. They utilize BellRays frontwoman Lisa Kekaula's sizzling, R&B-influenced pipes to render "Realizer" a house-inspired techno anthem, but look to floaty coos from actress-singer Milla Jovovich to flavor the beats on "I Know It's You" with a Cocteau Twins-esque, goth-techno sound. Elsewhere, the pair splice vocal snippets from poet Hanifah Walidah a.k.a. Sha-kay into the slithering funk of "Bound Too Long," to Missy Elliott-like effect. Toss in their typically throbbing and engrossing big beats on "Starting Over," for example -- not to mention contributions from the Roots' beatboxer Rahzel check him on "American Way" and guitarist Jon Brion -- and you've got a disc with a seriously boombastic punch.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
By late 2003, the bombastic sonic signature of big beat had finally been fully co-opted by the advertising and extreme sports industries. The style's roots had never run much deeper than a few adventurous breakbeats anyway, but attached to everything from pricey spots for cell phones and sports cars to hyper-edited snowboarding highlight reels, big beat inevitably plateaued. When it did, the formula established by the Crystal Method with their 1997 debut became the accepted template. Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland have remained busy children since Vegas, issuing a sophomore full-length and a well-received mix record. They've returned with Legion of Boom, an album that breaks little new ground, but further entrenches the Method as America's finest producers of dance music made for rock & roll people. "Born Too Slow" chops up a slick and dirty Wes Borland guitar riff over thumping bass beats and the decidedly rock yowl of John Garcia ex-Kyuss; Borland's discordant mayhem later resurfaces for "Weapons of Mass Distortion," which breaks exactly where you expect it to but is nevertheless the kind of throbbing, hedonistic track expensive nightclub sound systems were invented for. The Method tap DJ Swamp for an assist on "The American Way," which establishes a methodical, percussive groove for Rahzel to rap over, and manipulate the moans of Milla Jovovich for the moody "I Know It's You," which glints and flashes like pink neon off the tinted windows of a speeding limo. This is ultimately what separates Jordan and Kirkland's music from the tinfoil beats and breaks of the average advertisement clamoring for hip. Legion of Boom is definitely a product of formula, but it packs the promise of afterhours hanky panky. It causes nocturnal groove instead of shilling for green shaving cream. In short, the Crystal Method's tracks deliver on the escapism their followers can only suggest. Legion of Boom: coming soon to a late-night lounge near you.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2008
  • Label: V2 Int'l
  • EAN: 9556855010936
  • Catalog Number: 102537

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Starting Over (4:01)
  2. 2 Born Too Slow (2:59)
  3. 3 True Grit (5:06)
  4. 4 The American Way (4:26)
  5. 5 I Know It's You (5:48)
  6. 6 Realizer (3:48)
  7. 7 Broken Glass (3:55)
  8. 8 Weapons of Mass Distortion (4:50)
  9. 9 Bound Too Long (6:23)
  10. 10 Acetone (5:15)
  11. 11 High and Low (5:23)
  12. 12 Wide Open (7:23)
  13. 13 Born Too Slow
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Crystal Method Primary Artist
Jon Brion Guitar
John Garcia Vocals
Ken Jordan Group Member
Rahzel Vocals
DJ Swamp scratching
Wes Borland Guitar
Lisa Kekaula Vocals
Hanifah Walidah Vocals
Technical Credits
Scott Litt Producer
Gore Verbinski Video Director
The Crystal Method Composer, Producer
Scott Kirkland Producer
Wes Borland Composer
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good but not great...

    Really good album and long-awaited. I think my CD player has melted a permanent groove in Vegas and Tweekend by now. Legion reminds me of the more recent Kraftwerk works (especially track 12) because Legion is definitely more complex compared to Vegas and Tweekend. You may not like it at first as this may be unexpected. If you're expecting more songs like Busy Child, TCM has left that simple stuff behind. A tight, decent sub is a must for this disc otherwise you'll be missing most of the experience!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This album is weak

    The Crystal Method haven't been able to put out anything substantial since Vegas. Like Tweekend, Legion of Boom contains lots of obvious technical talent, but the bottom line is: it's boring (like most of Paul Oakenfold's work). Half of this album uses the same beat, the vocals are cheesy, there's no aim or direction with this album, and most importantly, there's no energy, no vibe that makes me want to even nod my head. If you're just getting into electronic music don't buy this. Try Prodigy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Boys Have Done It Again...

    Awesome! If you aren't a Crystal Method fan now, you will be after hearing their incredible new work. THE must have cd of the year!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow Scott and Ken have done it again

    It began with their first cd Vegas, and now The Crystal Method have put out another excellent track with even better songs. The beats are unique with a blend of lyrics that you just cant ignore. Overall its a really solid CD and its worth the time to check it out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TCM finds their groove.

    This is the 4th album from these two great artists. Each one finding it's own niche. The 1st single from this album "Born too slow" has already hit the air waves and I'm sure you will be hearing it on TV shows, vidoe games and movies very soon. Legion of Boom is a more diverse album than their previous ones, but they show how far they have come and how far they will go.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Real Deal

    By far their best and most diverse album to date. Infusing more elements of heavy rock & funk, this should be THE electronic album of 2004! Born Too Slow featuring John Garcia of Kyuss and Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit is amazing...

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