than 20 years in the business, The Cult don’t have anything to demonstrate with
their eight album. They have delivered already their top 3 albums and we
shouldn’t expect a masterpiece from them in 2007. However, this does not mean
that they cannot record very good albums. Born into This is a great one.
album is also announced a back-to-basics record for the band of Ian Astbury and
Billy Duffy. Indeed, Born into This is a hard rock album. Nothing less, nothing
more. The experiments of “the goat album” (1994) or the metal sounds of Beyond
Good and Album (2001) are put aside and the band returns to the dirty hard rock
sounds of Electric (1987) and Sonic Temple (1989) with a little bit of the dark
gothic textures of Love (1984). Four-minute songs, guitar riffs
2007 and fortunately the band does not repeat itself. Always, every new The
Cult album has been different from the previous ones and Born into This is not
an exception. The new songs sound fresh and current, like the single Dirty
Little Rockstar that brings a techno bass line and effects (and a riff similar
to The Rolling Stones’ Undercover of the Night) or Diamonds that uses mild
programming into the mix.
production excellent production and it benefits Astbury. Ian really shines and
his voice is strong as usual. Billy Duffy delivers a good amount of typical The
Cult riffs and he even allows himself to rip off the guitar riff of The Who’s
Substitute in Illuminated, which by the way, is one of the best songs of the
set. And of course, the melodies are The Cult 100%.
weak moment is the crooner type of ballad Holy Mountain. It is not an inspired
moment and it breaks the strong rocking pace of the album.
album is also released as a 2-cd edition, named Savage Edition and presented in
a beautiful digipack. The second cd includes two songs not included in the
album, which are outstanding and not leftovers. It also includes the demos of the
songs I Assassin and Sound of Destruction and the extended version of Savages.
This does not top classic The Cult, but it is worthy and very enjoyable. Recommended.