Perfect but Marred by a Terrible Cover,
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This review is from: Electric (Audio CD)
I am going to get this out of the way and say this album would have been near perfection were it not for the inclusion of the cover of Born To Be Wild. I don't care for the origional and this is worse. It is one track that I always skip and it is something I never normally do when it comes to bands as great as The Cult.
Electric is a new direction from Love, moving more into the American rock genre and for a first effort in that market, this album has to be admired. The music is more fierce than before, creating storms in songs such as Lil' Devil and Love Removal Machine, my personal favourites. Lil' Devil is also part of a great opening trilogy of songs, Wild Flower (which introduces us to the new direction of the band) and Peace Dog, the title of which is inspired by The Doors' Peace Frog.
Unfortunately, one fault of this album is the consistency. Unlike Love, which had a more varied soundscape, Electric moves entirely in one direction and while this is great in the opening tracks, it becomes difficult to maintain and the album meanders a little in the middle, though not by much and there are tracks, Bad Fun and Love Removal Machine which save the album from catastophe.
The final three tracks would have been great had Born to Be Wild been ommitted, however, we do get Outlaw and Memphis Hip Snake, which close the album with as much feriocity and power as the album opened on.
Overall this is a good record for fans interested in the origins of the band's career in Amercia, as Love and Dreamtime are more orientated towards the goth genre. (Though Love is one of their best). It has also kept me eager to more and so my next stop shall be Sonic Temple, which is often hailed as a vast improvement from Electric.