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Spirit Light Speed [VINYL]

Ian Astbury Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (3 July 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B00004WO88
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,706,958 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top album! 6 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was another potential sceptic regarding this album. Given a free-reign I thought Astbury would be banging on about American Indians for an entire album - this wasn't the case.
Though the sound is not detached from The Cult's offerings, Spirit/Light/Speed tends to use samples, drum machines and guitar riffs rather than their live counterparts - the album though is a great one.
There is a diverse range here (the obscure Metaphysical Pistol, with it's Big Audio Dynamite-like samples) through to The Witch - a B-side to The Cult's "Sweet Soul Sister".
High Time Amplifier is probably the stand-out "good-feel" track, and I was amused by the "squeaky bed" riff in it :-)
A recommended and unjustly unpublicised offering.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Being the initial solo outing from Ian Astbury and given the lack of recent new Cult material, I approached this recording with caution. However, the opening track Back On Earth kicks the album off with a funky rhythm, and sketches out the map for a lot of the rest of the album: drump loops, samples, interludes of layered keyboards, and inventive guitar riffs, and of course Ian Astbury's distinctive vocal. High Time Amplifier folows, an immediately likeable track and execellent choice for first single. The following two tracks Devil's Mouth and Tonight(Illuminated) slow things down, yet reveal a side to Astbury's writing pehaps not appreciated before, and as such are pleasantly surprising. Metaphysical Pistol is perhaps the most experimental and heavily sample-laden track - a real love or hate track. The reworking of The Witch offers nothing new, but fits in this album well nontheless. It's Over is a possible second single candidate, being one of the more commercial tracks here. The final three tracks, El Che/Wild Like a Horse, Tyger, and draw the album to a interesting close by the name of Shambala(R.F.L), which builds with atmospheric promise, but materialises into nothing really. In summary, the album sound like The Doors meet Primal Scream meet U2 circa Zooropa and of course a good deal of Cult influence thrown in. This is album is generally a lot better than you probably think it will be - definetly worth a look for fans of the Cult, although anyone with an open ear should find something here to please.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
After the holy barbarians stuff, I approached this with trepidation. However, if you liked the last Cult album (titled simply 'The Cult'), then you will definitely like this. Stick on 'High Time Amplifier' and turn it up high!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPIRIT/LIGHT/SPEED 14 May 2001
Format:Audio CD
After being a Cult fan for years I was a bit sceptical on buying this. On doing so it hasn't been off of the stereo. BACK ON EARTH opens the album with it'ssexy beats and snake like guitar riffs. Flowing through to METAPHYSICAL PISTOL with its woven samples, The WITCH which all Cult fans will know.
If you are a Cult fan and want to extend the Cult's previous album 'Cult' get this you won't be disappointed.
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