Beat-heavy, throttling, outlined with raspy-ringing textures, and glued together with melodic hooks, their music aptly sculpts that necessary trance-state of dance music, but never threatens to float away on esoteric pretension. The ambitious Jordan and Kirkland know this--with albums such as last year's debut Vegas and the current stopgap EP Comin' Back, they admit to wanting to push the movement beyond the crop-dusted, mud-crusted rave fields and into every home in America. However unlikely this event is, the stuff's not bad. In fact, it's immediately, superficially appealing, but certainly not pioneering or inventive by trip-hop standards. Hey, nothing wrong with that, and better that Crystal Meth has reportedly honed its live show into something akin to rock-star entertainment (as opposed to the standard techno borefest of watching one or two guys sweating over a bank of computers).
The Crystal Method performs August 27 at Deep Ellum Live, 2727 Canton. Call (214) 748-6222.