At the time it was their best album for 20 years or so,certainly since Spectres(1977)and in a heartbeat wiped out the bitter taste of the dross that made up most of their 80's output.
Opening with a vicious riff and twisted lyrics 'See You In Black' immediately sets the scene,the Cult are back and on form,'Harvest Moon' follows and is a stunning ghostly tale transporting you back to the likes of 'I Love The Night,Nosferatu' etc,nobody does the eerie ballads like the Cult.Another stunning rocker 'Power Underneath Despair' hammers home the point,the band are on fire,more bitter twisted lyrics before 'X-Ray Eyes' takes a breather,could easily been off of the much maligned 'Mirrors album.
'Hammer Back' & 'Damaged' are two run of the mill rocker,the Cult rockin harder than ever before,'Cold Grey Light Of Dawn' follows and that chorus sticks in your head,could easily have sat on one of the 1st 3 albums,The Psuedo blues of 'Real World are next,another Buck classic,leaving 'Live For Me' another Cult take on anthemic rock,could have been a single and final rocker 'Still Burnin',which just leaves the rather misplaced in the context of this album ,acoustic version of 'In Thee',its a classic track and well done here,seems rather haphazardly tagged on at the end.
This performance was a revelation,Rogers and Burgi would depart during the recording of this album with Danny Miranda and Bobby Rondinelli replacing them
Also it would be fair to say,that as Jon Shirley co wrote almost every track then his influence cannot be overlooked,a band was reborn,should have taken the world by storm,there weren't many albums to better this in 1998.