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Love (Remastered)

The Cult

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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.

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Pivitol, in many ways

In the bleak mid-80's landscape of music, there was either the pure sugery pop of FM radio, be it the Tiffinays and Bangles of the world, or the extremely overproduced, overmarketed and overhyped big hair metal genre. There wasn't much in between (at least that's what the labels would have had you believe). Keep in mind, there was no "alternative rock format". It didn't exist. That term wouldn't be coined until the early 90's. You had punk, or underground, which were both popular terminologies for this type of music. So at roughly the same time as Van halen's 5150 was being released, you get this, one of the most tuneful, emotional, and real outpourings from a true fringe act, when the term underground actually meant something. This album sat comfortably on the shelf between the latest Husker Du release, and that first Squirrel Bait album. Love is brilliant in it's honesty and it's simplicity, but more interestingly, it is one of the more prophetic signs of what is to come in the music world. As a document, nothing more, it is extremely important. As a musical statement, it's unmatched in listenability, enjoyment, and simplicity. The Cult released a lot of good songs, but this is arguably, their best album.


If someone is buying their first Cult album, this would the best one to select it. Without all of the slick production and thick guitar crunch of future albums, this one shines. A beautiful seventies-rock with post punk sensibility. Jim Morrison comes out of the grave and lends some influence to Astbury. They will never outdo this one.

Lost four times once found

Scary to say this is a true clasic but oh yeah...its a classic. Thankfully one that is timeless. I still feel the vibe at the club in 1986 when She Sells Sanctuary blasted onto the dance floor. Its easy to recall the many nights that Nirvana lulled me to sleep when all else failed. I've seen four copies of Love come and go from my life. My original beloved vinyl vanished with a "friend" in the night. The first cassette stolen from my car. Another cassette lost in travels. The first CD...vanished from a party. Now, thank you MAC, I'll have to lose my computer to lose the album. Its that important. Think the Doors "The End", Pink Floyd's Relics album and the best New Wave of the period all rolled into a sound that had punk rock sensibilities. If you don't download this now, you'll really wish you had. Its my fifth purchase of Love and it still makes me all warm and fuzzy like our first date.

Love (Remastered), The Cult
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