Cult – Love

Mike sent me this treasure. This totally takes me back in time.

Man, the Cult have a sound. If I were to play you a song of theirs you’d never heard, you’d still be able to say that’s who it is. It isn’t just Ian Astbury’s voice. The songs, too, there’s an instantly recognizeable thing they do. And it’s not just the hits, either, it’s pretty well every song. Eventually you go ‘oh hey, it’s them!’

And you know what? It’s a good thing, a good sound. It’s lithe and muscular and well-produced and it definitely rocks. Knowing this, going into revisiting this album, I am free to listen for the little things in each song.

Nirvana’s guitar line stands out most, to me, and I liked the solo bit. Great tune. Big Neon Glitter  swings while it rocks. I like the tom work on the drums. This would be cool live, the whole crowd jumping in time…

Love is slinky and full of menace in the bottom end*. I like the way it fees like it could explode at any moment, just full of tension, yet it doesn’t explode. It doesn’t have to. Brother Wolf Sister Moon feels like a cowboy song, if that makes sense. It’s not country, but as it builds, it feels like the perfect soundtrack music for some south-western USA landscape movie. Love it.

Rain is a hit we all know, of course. Fantastic. Phoenix feels like their ode to the Stooges, that riff. Yummy! Hollow Man is a straight-up pop-rocker as only these guys can do it.

If you don’t know (the beautiful) Revolution and (the firecracker) She Sells Sanctuary (as well as Rain, for that matter), you’ve been living under a rock since 1983. Funny thing, 1537 said he thought She Sells Sanctuary was the inspiration for the naming of this website, as those very words are uttered in that song several times. That was a fantastic guess, though incorrect (we all know it was Black Flack’s fault). Still, nice one!

And the last track, Black Angel, goes perfectly with Brother Wolf Sister Moon, they feel like companion pieces to me. A great slow burner to end one helluva record.

In sum: Fan-fucking-tastic. 1985? This stuff is timeless.

Thanks heaps, Mike!

* I meant the song called Love, here, but if love isn’t slinky and full of menace in the bottom end, you’re totally doing it wrong.


Posted on April 12, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. I know the bus but I only heard this album for the first time last year. It’s great.


  2. I know the bus too, HMO. Doon the toon.

    It is great. I don’t have much to add, I got the 4 CD box set edition which I have only played a handful of times.


  3. Ahh what the hell, playing it again now 🙂 Listening to the demo version of Sanctuary on Disc 3. It’s not what it would end up being, but the riff and all the melody and lyrics are intact. It’s just lacking that magic.


  4. Keeps me alive …. Keeps me alive …

    I don’t own a copy of this, although I’ve got all the singles, I just heard it so often that I don’t need to actually own it, it’s hardwired in here somehow (taps side of head). I don’t think rock gets too much better than Rain & SSS.

    I couldn’t agree more about love too!


  5. I bought this one after I bought Electric in 1987.
    I had seen the vids on Muchmusic before that but for some reason I was to busy Pounding Metal(Exciter Quote) to really give Love a fair shake.
    But once I heard as u say Nirvana …what a cooker….and yep all these yrs later it’s still up there with the Cults other work….
    Very good band …still….!


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