Choice of Weapon [CD]

  • Artist: The Cult
  • SKU: 5314299
  • Release Date: 05/22/2012
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Cult album since 'Sonic Temple'

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    The Cult has hovered near the vertex of gothic, alternative and blues rock for more than three decades, grounded in the mysticism of Ian Astbury and the razor-sharp guitar riffs of Billy Duffy. The new album 'Choice of Weapon' is the band's most energetic and song-focused set in years, with producer Chris Goss helping The Cult recall its own influential sounds. The fantastic opener "Honey From A Knife" echoes the pounding pulse of Goss' work with Queens of the Stone Age, followed by the ethereal, 'Love'-esque "Elemental Light." Duffy's guitar work on "The Wolf," "Amnesia" and "Lucifer" is among the best he's ever recorded, with his signature sonics underscoring Astbury's intense, accessible lyrics. The roadhouse groove of "A Pale Horse" is another favorite, with Ian channeling Jim Morrison. The album only loses steam when it slows down for "Life>Death" and "Wilderness Now." The 2-CD set is bound in a nice hardcover package with full-color photos, lyrics and liner notes. The second disc includes the four songs from the Cult's 'Capsule' releases in 2010, also recorded with Chris Goss. 'Choice of Weapon' is one of the best rock releases of 2012, with big, concert-ready hooks for you to pump your fists at. Even if you were turned off by The Cult's prior veers into more modern rock territory, you'll find lots to enjoy here.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A Welcome Return to Form

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    I tried to convince myself that I really liked their last album. I wanted to. I couldn't. This album gives me a reason to not like that last album. This is really good music. What I have always liked about The Cult is their ability to fill an entire album with good music and make you feel like you have gotten your money's worth. With a lot of other bands, you get the two or three songs that are released on the radio and then you are stuck with the rest of the album that doesn't quite measure up. Not so with The Cult, and this album is no different. You buy the entire album, not two or three cuts and a bunch of album filler. At the beginning of the review, I said that this is really GOOD music. GOOD, not quite GREAT. This is no SONIC TEMPLE, but it is no BORN INTO THIS either. The sound is still there. The voice is there but not quite what it used to be. Age is catching up with Asterbury's voice, but I think we can get another solid effort or two before it overtakes it completely. This is the type of album that makes you believe that the band can recapture a little bit of what made them great to begin with.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Band I love but a release I could not get in to

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    I have always loved the Cult and have every release and have always caught their live shows since 1986 and decided to buy the deluxe version of Choice of Weapon with the bonus 4 song disc. After playing both discs I have to say there was not one song infectious enough for me to want to play either disc again. There's no "groove" hard or thumping bass/drums and no super guitar riffs that I've come to expect and like them for. I listened to both discs 2-3 times and may try to give the discs one last try -- even to identify and extract 1-2 songs that I want to listed to. Glad the band is still together and hoping the next release is even better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Album

    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    The CULT, once again delivers an electrifying album. The years behind are acknowledged as the writing dou forges new ground into a phenomenal new(yet, comfortable) soundscape. Ian's vocal delivery surpasses his previous works in terms of vocal range and confidence while his balance of harmonic and intellectually profound poetry raises Duffy's guitar mastery to new heights. Absolutely a work of musical genius. For any listener of the CULT's music, this album is a necessity-and for those not yet exposed, a great starting point.

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