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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

Top 5 All Time - Must Have

This is the real deal. Every bit of it. If you love rock & roll, then you love this entire album (yes, it was an album first). They don't make bands like this anymore... Love Removal Machine, Wild Flower and Peace Dog may be the coolest trifecta of songs ever recorded. Really, I mean it.

The best album AC/DC never made

The Cult changed directions on this album. After the the psychedelic influenced album "Love", The Cult followed up with "Electric" a bare bones rock album. They have the hard rock blues swagger of AC/DC going on with this album and it works briliantly. "Wild Flower", "Lil Devil", Aphrodisiac Jacket" & "Love Removal Machine" are the stand out tracks. The only track to avoid is their terrible remake of "Born to Be Wild". All in all this is a great album, brilliantly produced by Rick Rubin. Though "Love" is a very good album, this is a welcomed change of direction.

Ahead of their time

Listening to the Cult now is a refreshing breath of air. Especially considering that they reached their height of popoularity in the late 80's. Before there was Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Janes Addiction, there was the Cult. Heavy guitar riffs and screetching wails reminiscent of Robert Plant resound through this true rock album. If Hard rock and Metal are your genres then you probably already know The Cult, if not heres a definite addition to your playlist you'll be more thatn satisfied with.

Electric (Remastered), The Cult
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