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Love (Remastered)

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Album Review

1985's Love displayed a marked improvement over the Cult's early material, and though it remains underappreciated in America (worldwide it was a smash), this exceptional record has actually aged better than the band's more notorious (and equally important) releases: Electric and Sonic Temple. Equal parts psychedelic hard rock and new wave goth, the songs on Love emanate a bright guitar sheen, tight arrangements, crisp drumming, and a command performance from vocalist Ian Astbury, who as usual says a lot more with less than most singers. Overall, the album benefits from a wonderful sense of space, thanks in large part to guitarist Billy Duffy (who is much more subdued here than on future releases), whose restraint is especially notable on "Revolution" and the remarkably uncluttered title track. Duffy also provides compelling melodies ("Hollow Man," "Revolution"), driving riffs ("Nirvana," "The Phoenix"), and even a U2-like intro to "Big Neon Glitter." Also on offer is the near-perfect "She Sells Sanctuary" and the smash hit "Rain," quite possibly the band's most appealing single ever. Considering the musical schizophrenia that would plague each subsequent Cult release, Love just may be the band's purest moment.

Customer Reviews

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back in 1991 i was 15 and growing up on a diet of u2 and simple minds. my sisters friend had a copy of love, i stole it , played it to death and now look at me, oh you cant.. simply the best album to come from the goth era. love it all but if your a cheapskate just buy phoenix, hollow man, rain and nirvana.

what a night!

21st Birthday, The Cult, Newcastle City Hall, 4th Nov 1985 (remember it Clay?!). The 'Love' Tour. Absolutely brilliant - having worn out the album the cassette toured Europe with me that Summer. Not a duff track and still played regularly as I plod down the M18 every day as a 40 something teacher on his way to school. Still big sky rock at its best! Thanks Mr. Astbury and Mr. Duffy!

The best Goth / Rock album ever!

I just love this album. I have played it regularly for 20 years - I have it on tape, vinyl and CD (It's the only album where I have originals in all 3 formats!). It's just so BIG. Huge Duffy Riffs and Massive Ian Astbury vocals soar throughout, but are balanced by more mellow numbers to stop it being repetitive. The worst song is Black Angel and that's still a killer tune. I just have to hear the opening riff of Nirvana and my eyes close, and my ears open. 50 minutes of pure musical joy. One of the few truly essential albums. Best tunes? Revolution, She Sells Sanctuary and Rain. But seriously buy the whole damn thing. It so Rocks. Dunno if they're really goth though. Bit too Rocky and not gloomy enough.

Love (Remastered), The Cult
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