Monday, June 25, 2012

The Cult - "Choice Of Weapon" album

It's been some years (5 to be precise) since we heard from the Cult, and this set of tunes may be the best showing since their 1989 breakthrough "Sonic Temple".

The first single, "For The Animals", is a catchy hard rock tune, but it's cuts like the opener, "Amnesia", that really shine. Billy Duffy's guitars here harken back to the band's psychedelic acid-rock days, and Ian Astbury's finally confident vocals summon both Jim Morrison and British heavy metal equally. "Embers" is another standout -- a dramatic and bluesy ballad that fits in well with the Cult's legacy and widely-varied back catalogue. Maybe the presence of producer Bob Rock (who worked with the band in it's heyday) is a factor in this rejuvenation.

Suffice to say, "Choice Of Weapon" is the best assimilation of the band's heyday (think "Love") and their more metallic ("Sonic Temple" as a reference point). At last, an album that fans of any Cult era can appreciate equally. Rock solid, boys. (Cooking Vinyl)

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