ARTIST:

THE CULT

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

THE CULT

(1994)
LABEL:

BEGGARS BANQUET

GENRE:

ALTERNATIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Opera-Rock, Psychedelic
"A true masterpiece of crossover rock, "The Cult", better known as "Black Sheep", turns out to be the darkest album composed by The Cult."
NUNO777 (17.08.2009)  
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The three years of waiting between "Ceremony" and "The Cult" (known to the fans as "Black Sheep") are due to several events. First of all, the death in 1992 of the first drummer of The Cult, Nigel Preston, who fell into drugs a few years earlier. Then the introspection work of Ian Astbury, who will put a lot of himself in this new album. And finally, the tensions within the duo of composers during the recording of "Ceremony" which left traces. Anyway, "Black Sheep" is released in 1994 and it celebrates the return of Bob Rock as a producer.

The first bars of "Gone" are of a disconcerting surprise with a drum made of toms rolls like "Come Together", a raw sound, and a bass coming from the depths of rock... The shadows of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin have never been so present. We let ourselves be invaded by the incredibly captivating atmosphere of this first masterpiece and we do it again with "Coming Down (Drug Tongue)", its bewitching rhythmic and its federative chorus which brings us back to a familiar ground. "Black Sun" proposes very ethnic sounds of the best effect, "Joy" surprises by its very The Doors approach just like "Star", even more unusual, with some electro sounds and a very Rolling Stones verse.

As with every album now, one or more elements particularly resonate. The chorus of "Sacred Life" is one of them as well as the more traditional rock of "Be Free". Finally, the album closes with a ballad that slowly takes shape before a final explosion magnified by Astbury's voice. "Saints Are Down" is the epilogue of a dark and tortured album, a mixture of tragedy and revolt in favor of a more just humanity.

A true masterpiece of cross-over rock, there is all of The Cult and much more in this album which will remain rather confidential in the career of the English. It is high time to rehabilitate this record among the great rock albums of all eras, and if it is always delicate to establish a classification of the works of The Cult so much the contents differ albums after albums, this Black Sheep is to be placed at the top of the list.


More informations on http://www.thecult.us/





TRACK LISTING:
01. Gone 03:49
02. Coming Down (Drug Tongue) 06:37
03. Real Grrrl 04:26
04. Black Sun 06:19
05. Naturally High 04:23
06. Joy 04:50
07. Star 05:01
08. Sacred Life 05:47
09. Be Free 03:49
10. Universal You 05:15
11. Emperor's New Horse 04:21
12. Saints Are Down 06:54

LINEUP:
Billy Duffy: Guitares
Bob Rock: Guitares
Craig Adams: Basse
Ian Astbury: Chant
Jim McGiueray: percussion
Scott Garrett: Batterie
Scott Humphrey: Claviers
   
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CULTANAPAIN
02/10/2022
 
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Cet album sort des entrailles, laisse jaillir une émotion brute d ou émane tant de finesse. J ai ce souvenir d un concert ou Ian a mis 2 ou 3 chansons pour ôter ses lunettes noires pour entrer en semi transe avec cette émotion a fleur de peau qui a trouvé son apogée sur Saints are Down . Cet album unifie tous les styles du groupe et tous les ROCK.
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