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Electric (Remastered)

The Cult

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Then emerging hard rock and rap producer Rick Rubin transformed the Cult from a psychedelic goth band into true AC/DC emulators with Electric. Guitarist Billy Duffy began pumping out power chords in the Angus Young tradition and the album’s physically taut production left no room for the gloomy shimmerings of the band’s previous output that had come to aesthetic triumph with 1985’s Love and its most recognizable track, “She Sells Sanctuary.” In its place were stock hard rock guitar solos and unflinching rhythms, and singer Ian Astbury made the stylistic jump without a hitch. His dark, arena-ready vocals were previously cloaked in mystical reverb; here, he rides on top, navigating the group like a true testosterone fueled hard rock singer. “Wild Flower” kicks things off with startling momentum, and the vocal yelps of “Aphrodisiac Jacket” and “Electric Ocean” along with the twisted boogie riffs of “King Contrary Man” show a band completely comfortable with their new approach. “Bad Fun” tramples like vintage Van Halen, “Love Removal Machine” was the band’s massive hit. Even the Steppenwolf cover of “Born to Be Wild” isn’t without its feral charm.

Customer Reviews

Straight-up thundering rock!

If you love the earthy, airy, goth sound of The Cult's early days you may not immediately love "Electric". The Cult's 3rd official studio album is a departure from their established sound of that day, but it's not bad direction they take. The Cult collaborated with Rick Rubin (of Def Jam fame) for this album, and Rick's appreciation for the basic non-effected guitar sound of AC/DC is not subtle. Highlights include "Wild Flower", "Lil' Devil", "Bad Fun", "King Contrary Man", Love Removal Machine", and "Outlaw".

Mops up the floor and takes out the trash

The history behind this album is quite interesting. Producer Rick Rubin is quoted as saying he didn't produce them, just "reduced" them in an attempt to avoid releasing an album that sounded like LOVE (but with more delay and echo.) What you end up with is a album that is as tight as you'll find and kicks you right in the teeth! This is the Harley Davidson rock albums.

One of the Best Albums of All Time

I bought this album on vinyl the day it was released, from Sam the Record Man in downtown Kitchener. The guy behind the counter warned me that I might not like it because it was so much heavier than Love. Turns out I liked it just fine. This album is one of the true soundtracks to the 1980s. Back before FM went Top 40, Q-107 in Toronto used to play every track off Electric.

I re-discovered it for myself when I bought a copy on CD in the 1990s, and again this millennium when I ripped all my CDs to iTunes. I give every single track either 4 or 5 stars.

Electric (Remastered), The Cult
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