Yes, I am a Cult fan. I purchased this album because it was one of the few I missed. At first, I was disapointed because it sounded nothing like what I was used to from The Cult. The truth is: That was the intent!!!!! And I must say, it became addictive listening to. This is definetly Ian’s vision. Worth the purchase. -Mike http://www.ebooksontheweb.com
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I appreciated the cult but was not a fan until this album (so I am not the typical cult fan) This is in my top 5 rock albums of all time. It is soulful, rich and textured, and one of the few albums you will not get tired of over time. Pure genius!
First and foremost, I am a great Cult fan, I have all their stuff. For a little perspective I would bring the “Love” CD with me if I were going to be marooned on a desert island with a CD player.
That being said, I thought they really diverted way out of their league. I seriously had a difficult time determining who was playing their songs. It sounded earily similar to R.E.M.’s CD “Monster,” since both came out at the same time.
What’s the Frequency Kenneth?
What’s the Deal Ian Astbury?
I understand why they sold about 589 albums across the USA when it came out, I actually returned mine for a full refund (I was a starving college kid in ‘94) so I thin I bought 2 days worth of food for the 13 buck refund.
I think its very telling they didn’t make another alum for 7 years after this stinker.
Though The Cult have reformed with a spectacular lineup and have Bob Rock on the dials again, there is no way that they could ever live up to what they gave us here. This cd has never left my side. It’s as powerful as any of their previous releases and more emotional than anything in years. It rock’s, grooves and soothes. Unfortunately they no longer play any of it live.This cd is to metal what U2’s Achtung Baby was to rock. This cd was overlooked and will never make the impact that it could have with a proper label promotion.Ian has never sounded better and Billy’s riffs were cut short but very sweet. This cd has made Cult fans out the biggest skeptics. Do yourself a favor, forget what is new and hyped and buy this gem. You will not be sorry.
The Cult are a band that never really stood still– after evolving from pretty much a goth band with the pomp of psychedelia into a straight ahead hard rock band, they kept moving, and their eponymous album (their sixth overall) was something altogether different– a “modern rock” album of sorts, embracing some of the ideals of the exploding grunge movement from Seattle but not joining fully with it. One thing that’s obvious– playing this album today, 12 years after it’s release, it sounds as fresh as it did when it came out.
The response from the fan base was about as expected– one thing I’ve noticed over the years is that whenever an artist achieves commercial success, change is view negatively. And this album is very different, but it’s quite honestly also very good. The songwriting is top notch– diverse, explosive and energetic, Ian Astbury’s vocals are full of life and energy and guitarist Billy Duffy seems equally inspired by the new setting to perform in.
The only really common thread throughout the album is a high level of energy, the pieces move from mood to mood and sound to sound, whether it be angry and explosive (opener “Gone”), ecstatic and energetic (“Star”), a slow burn buildup to explosion (“Black Sun”) or positively mournful and troubled (“Saints Are Down”). There’s a couple pieces that misfire a bit (“Naturally High” has a rather irritating chorus, “Be Free” is kind of hokey), but all in all, the album is fantastic.
Truthfully, “The Cult” is so different from everything the band had done prior that it was pretty much guaranteed to be released to a negative reaction, but it’s an album that deserves a careful chance. In my assessment, it’s the only thing they’ve done that equals the power and inventiveness of “Love”. Highly recommended.