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Love
     

Love

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by The Cult
 

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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.

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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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Release Date:
03/07/2000
Label:
Beggars Uk - Ada
UPC:
0607618006525
catalogNumber:
80065
Rank:
24572

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Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love from The Cult is defenately a far better improvment from thier first offering Dreamtime. All the songs have catchy choruses you can sing along with. If you're just finding The Cult's music like myself, Love is the best place to start.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly brilliant album. Why this album is not on the tip of more music reviewer's list of the best 100 rock albums ever is a mistake. While their later stuff had it's moments, the Cult started to go down a more one-dimentional "hard rock" street that probably brought itself a few more fans but minimized their critical acclaim. Listen to Love though, and you will be blown away. Phoenix, Love, Brother Earth, Sister Moon, Black Angel, and of course She Sells Sanctuary are soooo good, and do NOT sound 80s cliche. In fact, it sounds so fresh today. I saw them in concert when they toured to support this album, and it still may have been the best show I've ever seen. Great blend of Goth and screaming, whirling gutiar work from Billy Duffy. Think of this album as "Joy Division meets Black Sabbath."
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best album from an overexposed, yet underrated band. As much as I love Electric and Sonic Temple, I keep coming back to Love when I want a dose of what ''Alternative'' music used to sound like. ''She Sells Sanctuary'' has lost none of it's grace and power, despite being used in commercials for the Nissan Maxima! ''Here Comes the Rain'', ''Brother Wolf and Sister Moon'' and the title track practically drip with the sharp sonic edge that made the Cult so damned appealing! If you remember this band, check it out: You may be surprised how good this album holds up! If you aren't familiar with it, try it anyhow! If you keep in mind the era it came out in, you might find it far better to much of what is being released now!