Monday, May 21, 2012

The Cult: "Choice of Weapon" (album review)

Let's face it, you pretty much know what you're going to get with every new album from The Cult.  They have a hard rock sound that is all their own.  They've honed it over the years, but much like AC/DC there have been no real radical changes from the beginning.

That should tell you most of what you need to know about their new record Choice of Weapon, but I'll go on anyway.

Cuts like "Honey From a Knife", "The Wolf", and the blistering lead single "For the Animals" give you the familiar shiny anthemic hard rock that you expect from the band, even if the riffs are recycled.

The mid-tempo numbers are plodding as usual.  Tracks like "Life Death" and "Elemental Life" have their "Ciao Edie" vibes going strong.  The album closer "This Night In The City Forever" tries hard to be menacing and heavy, but instead comes across as cheesy by taking itself way too seriously.

The one slower track that does resonate is "Lucifer".  The song smolders as it sprawls out before you, eventually catching fire.

Choice of Weapon is no Sonic Temple, but it is enjoyable, safe guitar rock from a band who specialize in delivering just that.

Best tracks: "For the Animals", "Honey From a Knife"

Track listing for Choice of Weapon:
  • Honey From a Knife
  • Elemental Light
  • The Wolf
  • Life Death
  • For the Animals
  • Amnesia
  • Wilderness Now
  • Lucifer
  • A Pale Horse
  • This Night In the City Forever

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