Cults

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Cults made the most of the mystery surrounding them, turning the three songs they posted on their Bandcamp page into major-label record deal in just over a year. Of course, it helped that one of those songs was "Go Outside," a piece of pop so sunny and wistful that it only made the question "who is this band?" even more pressing. However, the more important question was: could they sustain that kind of beauty over an entire album? The expectations for Cults were nearly as high as the level of secrecy around the band in its early days, and the revelation that the group revolved around New York-based guitarist Brian Oblivion and vocalist Madeline Follin did little to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Cults made the most of the mystery surrounding them, turning the three songs they posted on their Bandcamp page into major-label record deal in just over a year. Of course, it helped that one of those songs was "Go Outside," a piece of pop so sunny and wistful that it only made the question "who is this band?" even more pressing. However, the more important question was: could they sustain that kind of beauty over an entire album? The expectations for Cults were nearly as high as the level of secrecy around the band in its early days, and the revelation that the group revolved around New York-based guitarist Brian Oblivion and vocalist Madeline Follin did little to dispel the enigma. However, it does explain why Cults' sound is so focused: they explore and subvert early-'60s pop, swathing Follin's girl group-ready vocals in trippy sounds and samples, channeling the unearthly quality of some of that era's music and its chiaroscuro mix of innocence and mortality. Just how much Follin and Oblivion love '60s pop is evident in Cults' details, like the handclaps, pounding pianos, and splashy reverb on "Bad Things," which sounds like Follin is singing in the rain. The best example of their music is still the song that started it all. "Go Outside" embellishes Follin's seemingly simple wish to go out and live her life with sparkling glockenspiels on one hand and Jonestown leader Jim Jones saying "To me, death is not a fearful thing; it's living that's treacherous" on the other. Nothing else on Cults is quite as striking, though the contrast of Follin's childlike voice and dark words casts her as a girl in trouble on "Never Heal Myself" and "Most Wanted," where she sings, "what I most want is bad for me, I know."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2011
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886978858924
  • Catalog Number: 788589
  • Sales rank: 32,686

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Abducted (2:52)
  2. 2 Go Outside (3:24)
  3. 3 You Know What I Mean (2:31)
  4. 4 Most Wanted (3:05)
  5. 5 Walk At Night (3:08)
  6. 6 Never Heal Myself (3:02)
  7. 7 Oh My God (3:20)
  8. 8 Never Saw the Point (3:03)
  9. 9 Bad Things (3:40)
  10. 10 Bumper (2:42)
  11. 11 Rave On (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cults Primary Artist
Richie James Follin Background Vocals
Gabe Rodriguez Background Vocals
Will McLaren Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Loren Humphrey Drums
Technical Credits
David Bett Art Direction
Paul Kostabi Vocal Producer, Guitar Producer
Emily Lazar Mastering
Shane Stoneback Producer, Engineer
Joe LaPorta Mastering
Brian O'Blivion Composer
Richard Swift Composer
Jeannette Kaczorowski Art Direction
Cults Producer
Eric Chakeen Cover Photo
Madeline Follin Composer
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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    indie music at it's finest.

    It's great to see an indie band from LA break out from the overly saturated pop/R&B market that they live in. Cults are inspiring for the "little guys" who still play music for enjoyment... for expression... for fun. When listening to this record... you can imagine yourself right there in the the studio with them having a great time recording. Almost feels like they're right there in your living room!

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