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unimportant mainstream rock from a once great band
on 21 April 2007
In the early days The Cult were simply one of the most exciting things out there. The production on their debut LP Dreamtime was somewhat timid compared to their stunning live performances, but they really hit the jackpot with their second album Love, still one of my favourite records of all time. For me they lost their way with Electric, although the record sounded pretty good, and it probably was time for a change in direction, the direction it steered them in was the one that led to Sonic Temple. That such a great band could make such a woefully uninteresting record is actually quite upsetting to me. "Sun King" was still a great opening track, I remember listening to it and being full of hope for this album. Yeah, I was crushingly disappointed by what followed it. But to see the reissue tracklisting re-ordered this way leaves me staggered - they did the same with Dreamtime, which also had an outstanding opener "Horse Nation". Why can't bands let history be the judge? In the case of Sonic Temple, they've actually succeeded in making this album even more disappointing than it already was. But then, that's entirely subjective; I liked The Cult when they had their own, unique thing going on, which they only did for two albums. This is still better to my ears than a lot of its contemporary metal stuff, but its just so far beneath what The Cult could have done. It just saddens me to be reminded of it really.