Top positive review
Their Best Since Sonic Temple
on 21 September 2012
Although I bow to no-one in my admiration for the work of Lord Astbury of Heswall and Sir William Duffy OBE (well they would be if there was any justice now, wouldn't they ?) and The Cult always make interesting, exciting music, it has been too long since they produced anything with the instant appeal of this mighty album.
Although COW's two predeccesors, Beyond Good and Evil and Born Into This were both solid efforts that many bands would have been proud of, they were, to me, compromised by songs that didn't stand comparison with Ian and Billy's best work and the production jobs were respectively too cluttered and too clean.
However, this time Bob Rock has done a superb job in getting the best out of the band, with a sound that is more gritty and dynamic, packing a tremendous punch. The gap between BIT and the new album also seems to have given the terrible twins a bit of breathing space to come up with some truly industrial strength new material.
I paid the extra £1.49 for the deluxe digipak version, with 4 extra songs that were originally released in digital format as the Capsule EP and I'm not sorry I did.
There simply isn't a bad track on this album, but standouts include Honey From A Knife, Elemental Life, The Wolf, For The Animals, Lucifer and A Pale Horse.
If you haven't got it yet, you must - you won't be disappointed...