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This review is from: Choice of Weapon (Audio CD)
It has been said that the new Cult album is aimed at their long-standing fans. As a fan of some 30 years (SDC/Death Cult), I can say that I find it a real return to form after the disappointment of the previous album 'Born Into This'.
Ian said in an interview that it to his mind it's a return to 'Sonic Temple', but to my ears it's more sonically similar to 'Beyond Good and Evil'. (Personally my favourite Cult album and criminally underrated). There's a good mix of fast and slow tracks, with Ian's voice at it's majestic best throughout. Billy Duffy does his best Steve Jones impression on the majority of the tracks, and overall it sounds as if they are really enjoying themselves.
I recommend the Bonus CD version of the album, as the four 'Capsule' tracks are all strong and definitely add to the package.
Made to be played loud!!
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Initial post: 22 May 2012, 14:31:52 BST
Agree with you entirely that this is an outstanding album, but it really doesn't sound like 'Beyond Good And Evil' (also my favourite Cult album). It's nowhere near as heavy.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2012, 21:17:57 BST
Last edited by the author on 22 May 2012, 21:19:25 BST
C Winch says:
To my mind, there are songs on 'Beyond Good and Evil' that would sit quite comfortably on the new album. 'Bridges Burn' and 'True Believers' being two that spring easily to mind.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2012, 17:46:33 BST
i found 'Beyond Good and Evil' too cluttered production-wise. Good songs but too busy and no room to breath in the songs.
From what I've heard so far COW is more stripped down.
Posted on 30 May 2012, 18:31:17 BST
J. Kinch says:
BG&E may well be my favorite Cult album, too. And I've been there from the very beginning. In fact, I was - like you - there before the beginning (SDC/Death Cult). That said, it is hard for me to look past the album that started it all (Dreamtime - and particularly the Live album). All of this was until now. It makes me so happy to see my favorite band of my whole adult life bring out an album of this quality in what is, let's face it, the twilight of their career. I certainly see a lot of similarity between COW and BG&E. But it must end there. This is pure Cult - there's some Electric, a splattering of Sonic Temple/Ceremony, a touch of their self-titled (another criminally underrated record) and even bits of Love and, dare I say it, Dreamtime. This will be on my turntable for many years to come.
Posted on 10 Sep 2012, 12:57:35 BST
Paul WJM says:
It's a shame that you found the previous album (Born into This) to be disappointing; I actually like it quite a bit personally and still listen to it nowadays (the only album I actually dislike of The Cult's is their self-titled misfire, which I notice one of the other commenters does enjoy, so no accounting for taste and all that). I'd love them to do another steamtrain metal/rock album in the manner of Electric! Anyway, useful review - only just got around to ordering it but looking forward to checking the new one out!
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