After releasing their pumping debut, Vegas, in 1997 and earning the unofficial title of the American Chemical Brothers, the L.A. (by way of Las Vegas) duo Crystal Method toured for two years, which made sense because their big-beat-fueled tracks sound as good onstage as they do on the dance floor. The Method boys -- Scott Kirkland and Ken Jordan -- spent the rest of the intervening four years in their home studio, uh, tweaking Tweekend, a body-grooving set that promises another couple seasons of sweat and elation. This time around, the pair invited a few friends along for the ride, including Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Stone Temple Pilot Scott Weiland (who sounds like a digital-age soulster on "Murder"), DJ Swamp (a Beck regular), and Jon Brion (knob-twiddler for Fiona Apple and Aimee Mann). Throughout the disc, Kirkland and Jordan fold their friends' flair into the tracks' beefy beats and dense web of sounds without ever getting overshadowed. Morello co-produced three tracks -- including the churning first single, "Name of the Game," which also features groovy vocals by Styles of Beyond member Ryu -- but the Ragester hasn't exactly turned Tweekend into The Battle of Los Angeles, since these tracks are more about the body than the brain. Morello also pulls out his hallowed guitar for "Wild, Sweet and Cool," which deftly incorporates an R&B vocal hook and shows that Kirkland and Jordan have their ears open to a broader set of sonics. Which ones they'll bring on the road for the marathon tour scheduled behind Tweekend is anyone's guess.
Performance CreditsCrystal Method Primary Artist
Jon Brion Vocals,chamberlain,Wurlitzer
Maxayn Lewis Background Vocals
Tom Morello Guitar
Jackie Simley Background Vocals
Scott Weiland Vocals
Valerie Pinkston Background Vocals
DJ Swamp scratching
Technical CreditsJon Brion Producer
Tom Morello Producer
Scott Weiland Producer
Crystal Method Producer
Larimie Garcia Art Direction,Digital Imagery
Richard Bishop Management
Shawn King Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had this album previously...it was stolen or ruined or something like that...but I did recently reacquire it again. Of what I've heard of The Crystal Method so far, who are my absolute favorite artists in techno and have been for a long time, Vegas and Legion of Boom are without a doubt their best albums in my opinion, most particularly Vegas, which was their 1st album, and it remains to be their absolute best album in my opinion. It is the album that originally really got me liking these guys back during high school in the late 90s. Vegas is a particularly awesome techno album. Tweekend is really good itself though, and if you're into techno at all I suggest checking it out, though I recommend starting with Vegas and Legion of Boom 1st. Their Community Service remix albums are pretty good too. I have not yet heard their latest album Divided By Night yet, but I plan to soon.
With this album there comes the essence of agressive electronic music right into your face and - most of all - right into your stomach! It is the best album of this category I have probably ever heard. But be careful - it may destroy your loudspeakers, your ears and definitely the relationship to your neighbours (by the way, try not to listen to that stuff when you are driving!).
The Crystal Method's first album Vegas was an excellent album and held it's own in the large waters of electronic music. The media just ate it up, especially their song ''Busy Child''. With the release of ''Tweekend'', they are back and have refined their skills to the likes of Leftfield. Every song has a hard bass lines, excellent use of samples, amazing melody, and a driving force bigger than a diesel truck full of adrenaline. The production quality is outstanding. Every song has excellent fidelity and the bass is massive and clear. Ken & Scott took extra time ''tweeking'' the album until it was perfect and mixed everything 24-bit, then downsampled for a 16-bit CD. The two from Glendale took their time on the album and made sure they had a polished product. Since they have a 24-bit recording, I would LOVE to have a DTS release of this album (HUH?! MAYBE? PLEASE?!) I do find one fault with this album. Some of the offensive samples they used could have easily been taken out and they still would have had a perfect album. They use the ''MF'' word in a few songs, and is not necessary. If you can look past that flaw, you have before you one of the best electronic albums ever released. Crystal Method, I applause you and thank you for taking the time to make such an amazing album that stands heads and turntables above the rest.
A few months ago, when I first heard The Crystal Method had released their new album, I was pumped and eager to go buy it. ''Vegas'' was simply awesome and had me hooked from the first listen. After listening to ''Tweekend,'' though, I knew that it was no ''Vegas.'' Where ''Vegas'' used rhythm and beats to intrigue listeners, ''Tweekend'' uses somewhat hollow vocal samples. ''Vegas'' was a groundbreaking hit, whereas ''Tweekend'' is a highly anticipated, perhaps overhyped, album with little to offer in comparison. However, as I said, ''Tweekend'' is not ''Vegas.'' It is obvious that Scott and Ken are testing new things in their music, and that is respectable. ''Name of the Game,'' the most popular track on the album, does remarkably well in intertwining The Crystal Method's rhythmic beats with the rage inducing guitars of Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello. Another great track is ''Roll it Up.'' It avoids the cheesy, almost pointless, vocals on some of the other tracks, and keeps true to the beat-driven nature of The Crystal Method's previous tracks. While these songs, along with a few others, are great listening, it seems like the album as a whole is missing something. I get the impression that Scott and Ken wanted to go a little more mainstream with ''Tweekend,'' but in doing so, they abandoned some of what made them a hit in the first place. Despite all of that, the album is still pretty good. It's not a must-have album like its predecessor, but it does make for a good listen. By the way, if you ever have the opportunity, you have to see these guys live. The CD just doesn't do the music justice once you've heard the live mixing. The bass is so much harder, and the atmosphere just makes the music come to life. Plus, the visuals they use are off the hook.
The above statements are true, Tweekend kills big time. About it not being as good as Vegas, I don't know. I got this CD and was as happy as a drooling baby. Name of the Game is the greatest track here. But Murder isn't far behind. Ooh, yeah!