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Choice of Weapon

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Choice of Weapon is the follow up to the critically-acclaimed 2007 release Born Into This that the UK's Mojo magazine called 'a wholehearted, utopian and irrefutably exciting record.' Long-time Cult collaborator and producer Bob Rock (Metallica, Bush), who produced one of The Cult's most successful albums, the Platinum-certified Sonic Temple, put the finishing touches on the foundations that were laid by co-producer Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, U.N.K.L.E., Masters of Reality).

The album was written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, recorded in New York City, Los Angeles, the California high desert, and the band s Witch Mountain studio between July and December 2011. The new release features founding members Astbury on vocals and Duffy on guitars, with drummer John Tempesta and bassist Chris Wyse. 'We have had the opportunity to work with two of the most influential and talented producers in the world today,' said Astbury. 'They pushed us beyond our comfort zone, and helped us craft Choice of Weapon. '

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  3. The Wolf 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Life > Death 5:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. For the Animals 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Amnesia 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Wilderness Now 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 22, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B0072M9PM8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,522 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By BIG Spender on May 22, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Reaction upon first listening - the production is back to high quality, which is nice since the last album (Born Into This) was underproduced - or perhaps, just produced in a style not fitting of The Cult's music. A lot of Cult fans thought that Beyond Good and Evil was overproduced, and I can see what they mean, though I love that CD. The production here is probably closer to Sonic Temple than either Born or Beyond. Nice balance between the instruments / vocals. Ian sounds great and Billy's growling tone is back!

The songs are really good. Nice groove on "The Wolf." "Life > Death" is classic mellow Cult. Some good rockers as well! After listening a couple more times "Amnesia" and "A Pale Horse" are cool tunes and "Wilderness Now" is really growing on me. I really think it must have been hard to pick a single for this album. This is The Cult that I've been missing since Beyond Good and Evil. In many ways, this might be The Cult some fans have been missing since much earlier in their career.

While I would have loved a bit more ferocity, the album doesn't suffer for the lack there of. I think they blend the history of their various sounds well here. I hear traces of almost every album at various places in these songs, and while this one might not necessarily become anyones favorite Cult CD - there's something here for every Cult fan. It encompasses the history of The Cult, but doesn't sound redundant - familiar, but fresh. It's a very solid effort!

One thing that might bother some of my fellow Billy Duffy followers is there aren't solos on every song, not that the album lacks his presence, his signature playing is all over these songs - more than Born Into This at any rate.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "The Woj" on May 23, 2012
Format: Audio CD
As a long time Cultist, a fan who owns all the bands albums and box sets, including all the Instant Live Recordings from about a half a decade back (I know, you're happy for me), I feel I can speak with some authority as well as write a excellent run on sentence. COW is an obvious return to form when you compare it to the last "pink" release, I forgot the name, in which Billy Duffy was sonically MIA, Ian sounded winded, the songs were well below par for the band and most importantly it did not respect "The Rock".
Personally, I may hear more of a rebirth, reincarnation or regeneration having listened to COW about 5 times over now (and listening at a reasonably loud volume, through real speakers. The Cult are not an earbud, mp3 player band). The songs, their sound, the mix, the lyrics and the entire vibe of the album seems to incorporate everything the band has ever done...including the early Death Cult albums. COW for me, moves the band to an entirely new level...more mature & less pretentious while still being able to rock out and have something important to say. So, if you are a Cult fan, this album is pretty much a done deal (I got mine at Best Buy yesterday for $9.99 and it is the 2 disc version). I rate it 4th in the same tier as "Electric", "Love" and "Sonic Temple". Because I have a tendency to listen with my "Electric" tinted glasses, I rate COW at 4.5 stars instead of 5. If you are more of a "Love" person, then it may rate a 5. 'Nuff said on that point if you really know this band. For new fans, this is really an excellent place to start. "Place to start" is a phrase very few older rock bands can boast on their current releases. After spending a few weeks digesting this release, you can move back in time to the 3 albums mentioned previously.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By That Why on June 24, 2012
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This is not a review of the music itself, but rather the sound quality.

I was really looking forward to this LP as well as the new Van Halen LP, so I pre-ordered the LPs as soon as they were available. I should have waited. I would have then found out the mastering of both albums removed essentially all dynamic range, and they used that same master to press on vinyl. For instance, listen to this album on a decent sound system, and then listen to Electric right after...night and day. Choice of Weapon is muddled and compressed with no separation of the instruments and is very ear fatiguing. The human ear gets fatigued when it hears the same sound at the same level for a period of time. Electric on the other hand is engaging and tasty due to the peaks and valleys of the sound. The quiet passages in the music are quiet, and the loud passages of the music are loud. You can clearly hear and feel the drums, because it was mastered with the dynamic range needed to allow the listener to hear proper separation and full range of the instruments. This is the main reason the human ear finds music pleasing. Sounds made at the same sound level over periods of time displease the human ear. Anyone remember a teacher who spoke with no inflection in their voice? The same monotone level? Not a very interesting class I bet, regardless of the quality of content.

It is obvious that overall the market does not demand sound quality with full dynamic range. I am not suggesting this should change or will change. Technology, cost, and convenience will often trump the time and costs required to obtain quality. I am similar in almost all ways except for how I prefer to listen to music.
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