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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2006
As the 'Classic Albums' DVD's and the TV programmes also showing them on the Biography Channel testify, every band, despite other releases being excellent/superb, seem to have one barnstorming album which fires it into the 'classic' status. And 'Love' is another one which desperately needs adding to this 'Classic Albums' series and that 'rock hierarchy' status it so richly deserves. It probably seems tragically unfair to other would-be guitarists (or even the famous)that Billy Duffy was blessed with so many 'to-die-for-riffs' in his life, not only with The Cult as a whole, but moreso on this album. I mean, 'She Sells Sanctuary' is just so darned haunting, and its sales and now legendary status on the outside of this album make this worth adding to the collection for this track alone. And yes, it is haunting, and then it quite simply just 'goes-for-it;' and Ian Astbury's lyrics might not actually mean diddley-squat, but it doesn't matter; they're simply oh-so-right for this song. But as it was a single please don't pick it out as 'the one to play,' the whole album and every song on it classic and gem-like in its entirety. A 'must-buy' for every self-respecting rock fan, no contest!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2010
Just to clarify, the original CD was one of the earliest released, in 1986. This version is a 1997 re-master which sounded much better. After a further 11 years the analogue to digital transfer technology had improved, so the album was again re-mastered in 2009 for both the expanded and omnibus editions. Once Blu-ray audio gets established there will be a 24bit/96khz high resolution version (from the 2009 re-master) which will be the last time for at least another 10 years..! Love: Expanded Edition Love (Omnibus Edition)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2006
Love is the best album to come from this truely underated and gifted band. The title track is by far my favourite track they have ever done. Billy Duffy's guitar solo on it has yet to matched on any other song ever!
Classing The Cult as goth has nothing to do with being narrow minded which I think another reviewer stated, they were goth and this is exactly how it should be. Ian Astbury's powerful, often mysterious at times, voice and the haunting music (Brother Wolf Sister Moon for example) all make for a brilliant album.
I have since seen Ian Astbury perform with The Doors and he is still as great today as back then but buy this and you'll get a feel for how he and the rest of The Cult were like at their best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2007
This is one of those rare records that makes me feel young again. I was a teenager when this came out and I cannot believe how long it's been since it was released!

It's not just that it has great songs to offer - which it does, every single one of them - but that it so aptly encompasses its place in history. At least for me. This is what the mid eighties sounded like to people who were tracking down the good stuff and bypassing the Stock-Aitkin-Waterman rubbish etc. It has a sound that cannot be found anywhere else: they rock like their lives depended on it, but they have a vibrancy and colour to their sound which was unique. If you can listen to She Sells Sanctuary and not dance your butt off (and more than likely look a prat in the process, but what the hell) then you've got no soul whatsoever.

This is what the eighties sounded like to those of us who were actually listening. This is to the eighties what 'Led Zeppelin 4' and 'Dark Side of The Moon' were to the seventies and 'Nevermind' and 'OK Computer' both were to the nineties. Incidentally, get all the others too, and that's a pretty good record collection.

Go for it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2005
I cannot understand why I do not hear about this album in the press or on the net more. This is an absolutley amazing album - The Cult never really got back to this standard. 'Love' appeals to both goths, metallers, alternative fans, everyone! Even the pop charts couldn't get enough of 'Rain' or 'She Sells Sanctuary'. The guitar on this album almost swirls, and all the tracks have a dreamy, undulating quality to them ('Big Neon Glitter', 'Love'), with some stormy moments ('Phoneix'). The ballads are amazing 'Brother Wolf, Sister Moon' especially. The only slight problem with this album is the lyrics, which sometimes repeat too much ('Rain') but personally, this does not, in anyway, affect enjoyment for me personally. The album may be too gothic/alternative for some mainstream fans, but I would definitley reccomend this album over any of The Cult's other recordings, but still 'Electric', 'Ceremony' etc. are brilliant, just more mainstream.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2009
I'm so glad The Cult have decided to play the whole of this album on their next tour. This made me dig it out of the archives and listen to it again! At first I wasn't sure that I liked the idea of just one album being played at a gig, but I had forgotten how fantastic this album is. All the songs are classics and have stood the test of time. My favourite track has to be The Phoenix, but of course then there is Rain, and She Sells Sanctuary, Love... The Hollow Man, Nirvana, Revolution... OK, I just love the whole CD! Every rock fan should have this in their collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 2008
This album from 1985 bridges the gap between the earlier and more gothic punk feeling 'Dreamtime' (1984) album, and the more rock-oriented, paired back 'Electric'(1987). Love keeps some of the gothic feel of the earlier album, while this brooding atmosphere is turned up a notch to 1970's style psychedelia. This album has a very consistent tone and feel to it at moves between brooding downbeat balads "brother wolf, sister moon, judith, hollow man, black angel" and more upbeat numbers "nirvana, she sells sanctuary, the phoenix, big neon glitter" and more upbeat balad numbers "revolution, rain".

For those of you who found Ian Astbury's voice gets a little jarring on 'Electric', this is a more tuneful / soulful album, without the drivelly sound of later albums such as 'Ceremony'. Also Billy Duffy is in fine form. While he will never be hailed as one of the great electric guitarists, here he is in very good touch with the songs and the guitar and voice complement each other perfectly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2010
A school friend taped this album for me on the other side of Bryan Adams 'Reckless' album & it was one of the best 'by chance' finds i ever made. I was aware of The Cult through 'She Sells Sanctuary' & 'Rain' but didn't consider myself a fan until i heard 'Love'. I was totally blown away by the power of tracks like 'Nirvana', 'Phoenix' and the aforementioned 'Sanctuary' and moved by the ballads: 'Love', 'Brother Wolf, Sister Moon' and the haunting 'Black Angel' which still sends a shiver down my spine to this day. Although the band made many great albums before & after this in my opinion none of them come close to matching 'Love' for the sheer quality of songs on offer: great music, no filler. Any serious music fan should have this in their collection. It is also worth seeking out the extended edition for bonus gems like 'The Snake', 'Judith' and 'All Souls Avenue'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2008
Big rock, rock with a hippy, trippy, goth, blues feel,you got it!
My best tracks
Love.
awesome guitar, you got love those drums, more 'Dreamtime'

Phoenix.
suberb guitar, sweet wah solo, The pounding bass, Ashbury minimal but effective vocals.

Of course 'She sells sanctuary', the ultimate Goth rock. Great chorus.

Judith.
very lazy blues trippy rock.

The original album didn't have 'little face' on it, and think it was better for it.
There are far better b- sides to be found in that era
Sunrise
No 13
Etc
Great album
There best
But check out there 1st album too'Dreamtime'.
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on 16 October 2009
1985 was a great year for music. It was the year of 4AD explosion of some truly special music. Love & Rocket released their phenomenal first album Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven. Cure released their Head On The Door, The Damned their Phantasmagoria, Legendary Pink Dots - Asylum, New Order - Low Life and on a bit different fronts Marillion released my favorite album of theirs Misplaced Childhood. Brian Eno gave birth to Thursday Afternoon (a great piece of music for people who want to run away from music) and Ry Cooder's Paris, Texas and Ravi Shankar's Song for Everyone are great as well. However, the dearest album to my heart back then was Love by The Cult. I also find this album to be one of the most magical albums I have ever had, because for whatever strange reason every week or so a different song on this album was becoming my favorite song. I am usually not like that. It does not take me very long to figure out which damn song is best, but Love for me was a changing environment. 24 years later (and I have not listen to this album more than maybe 10 times in the last 20 years but I don't need to, these songs are with me forever as most of music I get obsessed about and listen to 100 times or so in a matter of weeks over and over) I would say that Black Angel is and always had been the greatest. Ian's vocal and lyric are just incredible. Brother Moon Sister Wolf, Revolution, Big Neon Glitter, Rain, Nirvana, these were all my favorites at some point, but I also liked Hollow Man, and wait... I have left behind She Sells Sanctuary, the most famous song of the album. It was a great dance song I admit, but yes, my favorite songs and the greatest hits usually do not match well. Love is a great album, and to me The Cult's best by far. As I was very disappointed by their change of direction after Love I happened to change my own directions a couple of years later and our roads did not cross again. I did want to compile their songs a couple of years ago but I did not find enough excellent songs aside from Love to do it with. I like Ciao Eddie and a few others but...why no more Black Angels?
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