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Electric

9 Aug 1999 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 9 Aug 1999
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • Copyright: 1987 Beggars Banquet Records Ltd
  • Total Length: 38:46
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  • ASIN: B001MTU0B2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,644 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. H. Cook on 7 Oct 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you want hard hitting rock'n'roll with edge and spice, buy "Electric" now. "Wildflower", "King Contrary Man" and "Love Removal Machine" are just three of the many highlights. The only minor let down is the drab, unadventurous cover of Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild"...it just doesn't scan or fit into the rest of this otherwise brilliant album (that's why I can't give it 5 stars). It's always dangerous covering classics...enough said I think. The Cult are a seriously good band; Ian Astbury's haunting, wailing voice and Billy Duffy's timeless, instantly memorable guitar work contribute greatly to making this album a "simply must have" for any serious rock fan or record collector...terrific stuff.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Fry on 21 Nov 2000
Format: Audio CD
A highly criticised album at the time because of its departure from the haunting Goth Rock of the (Southern Death) Cult's previous material. It was seen by many as a blatant move towards the more commercial metal scene and a demonstration of awful millinery taste. However, the album contains some of the best examples of crunchy n' punchy British metal in the form of Love Removal Machine, Li'l Devil and Wildflower. The much covered Born to Be Wild is true to the original and well worth a listen if you don't own a copy of Steppenwolf. The songs are short, gritty and fuelled with kerosine. Billy Duffy's guitar riffs are strong yet incredibly simple. OK this album is an aural dictionary of rock cliches but for all the stick they get, The Cult pull it off better than most. That said if you dont like too many Baby Baby Baby Babys a la Robert Plant style then this is definately not one for you.
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By O-mindcrime on 7 Nov 2014
Format: Audio CD
In the 6th form there was a certain degree of antipathy and snootiness between the metal fraternity and the Goths. The Goths, for some strange reason, thought that bands like WASP and Twisted Sister were a bit low brow (`I Wanna Rock' was a magnificent piece of post-modern irony, in my view), whilst the metallers thought that The Sisters of Mercy, the Nephilim etc were as miserable as their fans. So imagine the consternation when Goth stalwarts the Cult flipped from frilly blouses to American Indian/Wolf Man biker chic and issued `Electric'. To the metallers, it proved we were right all along - hell, they were using Rick Rubin of Slayer fame, ripping off AC/DC and citing Metallica as a musical influence - at the time it felt emphatically like it was Metal: 1 Goth: 0.

Merging the swagger of simple recycled AC/DC riffs (check out the riff of Wild Flower and compare it to Rock N Roll Singer), the 60's howl of say Jim Morrison, a totally stripped down soundscape and some earth shredding guitar solos yielded an absolutely killer formula. The album was packed with massive raunchy singles (Love Removal, Wild Flower, Lil Devil) which could fill any dance floor in seconds and it created a sort of hippy `Rock Star' in the shape of the wolf's child: Ian Astbury (as part of this transformation to Rock icon he had developed the need to yell `Yay Ah' and use words like `Baby', love' and `Peace' a lot). The transformation was completed with the US `rawk' sounding follow up 'Sonic Temple' which even had the new Axe God Duffy throwing a metal shape on the cover - I could hear the Goth's turning and groaning in their graves.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By hippriest on 26 Sep 2002
Format: Audio CD
Let me stake out my angle here:
I am a 40 something former punk / New Romantic, who has little truck with things heavy on the whole......however - this is quality hard rock, and stands proud next to the best of Zep, ACDC and Motorhead as a fine example of mane-tossing heaviness. I've gone past the stage of being au fait with every track on an album but suffice to say that I can't recall much Polyfilla on this platter - its pretty well all 5 star stuff all the way. The (admittedly overused) cliche of "play loud" definitely applies in spades here: to play at anything less than full volume would sell it seriously short.
It preens, it postures, it ROCKS, Godammit. A perfect blueprint for how a heavy band SHOULD sound. Quintessential Cult.
In case you hadn't guessed....I rather like this!
Surreally enough, I find "Electric" is the perfect soundtrack for doing the housework.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Shark Sandwich on 19 Feb 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is really a tale of two albums - "Peace", the album that never was, and "Electric", the finished product. The whole album was recorded during the famous "Manor Sessions" but subsequently binned; largely because it all sounded exactly like "Sanctuary". Rick Rubin was drafted in, and the Cult suddenly went florid goth poesy to sounding like AC/DC's harder-riffing younger brothers. It's very unpretentious rock (albeit tight as hell production-wise - try it with headphones, you'll see Rubin's magic in its full glory), only 4 or 5 tracks really stand out, but it's all serviceable. Two bits of advice - 1) if you like this, buy every album AC/DC have ever done, and 2) try and track down the original Manor versions - the difference between them and the final "Electric" versions is absolutely fascinating.
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This album starts of with such promise - Wildflower, Peace Dog, Lil Devil. Then, you start getting the feeling you have heard the songs before. Essentially the rest of the songs are fairly similar. The cover of Born to be Wild is terrible, you will have had enough of Ian Astbury's hoarse voice after that. 'Bad fun' is also ok. In the old days this would be one of those albums we would record five songs off on a cassette tape and forget about it. Now you would be better to get MP3s of your favorite tunes here and dump the rest of the album. Generally as other reviewers have said, an important genre-change for the cult into a harder-hitting rock operation. The evolution of the band is all the more interesting for this, and the next excursion, 'Sonic Temple' (1989) which is more of a halfway-house between 'Love' and 'Electric'.

Having said that, I remember from the late 80s this being a great album to listen to on road trips. Wind down the windows and turn up the volume.
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