The Cult's self-titled sixth album has a surprisingly new sound and direction, and what's with the cover? (compare it to the band's new logo symbol...)
This one's raw and retro, with equal parts of anger and joy. Astbury's vocals are more narrative and in-your-face, which fits the superb lyrics well; and Duffy plays with more buzz and distortion than in the past.
Coming Down has some of the old vibe, but only after Gone has made you realize that the sound you expected is, well, gone. In its place is a jazzy flavor on Joy, unapologetic rawness on Star, and a new vulnerability on Sacred Life and Saints are Down.
After the 3-year wait since Ceremony, this highly anticipated album was almost a disappointment at first. But wait... listen to it again. And again. It grows on you, and you'll rediscover once again those qualities that make the Cult so special and unique.
The Cult早在80年代的全盛时期，他们便以结合Doors，Led Zepplin和Love and Rockets的音乐以及融合神秘主义，歌特摇滚和三和弦吉他伴奏的风格所著称。。该团中心人物为主唱Ian Astbury以及吉他手Bill Duffy，1984年陆续推出的前三张专辑「Dreamtime」、「Love」、「Electric」乐风上变化都不大，但在新浪潮时代集庞克、金属、迷幻於一身却让听众印象深刻。1989年Matt Sorum顶替原离去的鼓手，随後发行的「Sonic Temple」是该团商业上最成功的专辑。1992年Sorum离开加入枪与玫瑰合唱团使The Cult的音乐活动几乎停摆，1995年连Astbury都辞去主唱一职，等到1999年Astbury、Duffy、Sorum才聚首开始巡回演唱并再度与制作人Bob Rock合作进行新专辑的筹备。
2.Coming Down (Drug Tongue)
11.Emperor's New Home
12.Saints Are Down