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November 26, 2016

The Cult – Love (1985) – Lp

by Record Facts

The Cult are a British rock band formed in 1983. Before settling on their current moniker in January 1984, the band performed under the names Southern Death Cult and Death Cult. They gained a dedicated following in the UK in the mid-1980s as a post-punk/gothic rock band.

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Artist:  The Cult
Title:  Love
Year:  1985
Format:  LP
Label:  Beggars Banquet Records
Catalog#  BEG A85

Love is the second album by British rock band The Cult, released in 1985 on Beggars Banquet Records. The album was the band’s commercial breakthrough.
Love displayed a marked improvement over the Cult‘s early material, and though it remains underappreciated in America. 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.

 

Side one
1.  Nirvana   (5:24)
2.  Big Neon Glitter   (4:56)
3.  Love   (5:31)
4.  Brother Wolf, Sister Moon   (6:47)
5.  Rain   (3:55)

Side two
1.  The Phoenix   (5:04)
2.  Hollow Man   (4:45)
3.  Revolution   (5:25)
4.  She Sells Sanctuary   (4:21)
5.  Black Angel   (5:25)

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