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Sonic Temple
Sonic Temple
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An under-rated rock gem, 26 Mar. 2013
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Less "goth" than what went before (Dreamtime, Love, Electric) and more straight-forward hard rock. If you grew up liking the indie goth era of the mid 80s then this might never be your favourite Cult album as it marked a definite change of direction - probably the nearest comparison would be with say mid era Thin Lizzy.

Recently bought the download as my original version was on cassette (remember those? - I tried listening to it and had forgotten how much hiss there is on a cassette tape) - relistening to the hiss-free digital version fortunately didn't dissapoint.

To my ears its just the right mix of rock gliches and originallity, but with no mistaking who made it (the Cult sound is definitely still there). Its one of those albums where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts - there's no one stand out track just a collection of equally great songs. So if you're thinking of listening to this album for the first time a smokin' hot no nonsense rock'n'roll album - well worth a listen.

Narrow Gauge Railways in South Caernarvonshire: v. 1 (N.G. series B4A)
Narrow Gauge Railways in South Caernarvonshire: v. 1 (N.G. series B4A)
by James I.C. Boyd
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent in depth study of an obscure subject, 8 Oct. 2000
Like most of Mr Boyd's work this book is not for the faint hearted or those with only a mild interest in railways. However, if you are interested in the subject, or with this volume in mind also industrial archaeology, there is barely a stone left unturned.
This particular volume deals with some of the most obscure railway history in an area littered with the remains of the C19th mineral trade. It is an interesting thought that there were several rail and tramways, each one of which is dealt with in depth, that could have been as successful as the Festiniog Railway if the mineral interests they served had proved profitable.
In view of recent events on the re-opening Welsh Highland Railway it is fascinating, and perhaps sobering, to read of all the previous failed attempts to open a railway from Porthmadog to Caernarfon.
If you want detail (with a dry sense of humour) - Boyd's the man. A true reference work for your library.

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