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Sonic Temple

The CultAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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The Cult are an English rock band, formed in 1983. They gained a dedicated following in Britain in the mid 1980s as a post-punk and gothic rock band with singles such as "She Sells Sanctuary", before breaking mainstream in the United States in the late 1980s as a hard rock band with singles such as "Love Removal Machine". The band fuses a "heavy metal ... Read more in Amazon's The Cult Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 7, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars UK - Ada
  • ASIN: B0000085N4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of the 1980's top 10 hard rock LP's May 5, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I'd forgotten about this LP until just recently. Yes, I'm showing my age kids - I used the term LP :). After I pulled this album out of my vinyl stash last month. I threw it on the platter and put the needle to it
In listening to it, I'm blown away how good it is over 10 years later. Truely great music is timeless and this album qualifies for this hands down. The album has no weak material on it. Once you get into "Sun King" and past "Fire Woman," you are on ride that makes you stay on till the LP is over. Bob Rock does a first class job in the production and Ian ;)... oh,how can the boy wail.
I purchased the CD last month because of it being remastered. In listening to the CD, I've appreciated how well this effort flows from stem to stern. It builds a mood and holds it tight. The CD with its seamless track list allows the flow and mood to really shine.
I would strongly recommend to anyone wanting to get into essential 1980's hard rock to snag this baby. All the notorious 1980's hairspray and glam is left in the dust here. This is an album that harks to the days with rock meant something. Check it out - its class all the way.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cult's best record June 17, 2001
By S B
Format:Audio CD
If you must buy one recording by The Cult, this is the one. I would give very few records 5 stars, but 1989's 'Sonic Temple' is one of them. Emerging from the late 1980s era of glam metal and mindless dance music, this was the welcomed return of rock music - a perfect combination of the ethereal elements of The Cult's major label debut, 'Love', and the bombastic rock of their sophmore outing, 'Electric'. Of course, everyone knows "Fire Woman," the record's catchy jam, and "Edie", the tribute to Warhol's muse which defied the contemporary power-ballad circa 1989. All the familiar Cult themes are here - peace ("Soldier Blue"), Native American ("American Horse"), drug-culture ("Medicine Train"). But unlike their other efforts, this record is top-notch from start to finish - the Zeppelinesque "Soul Asylum", the anthemic "Wake Up Time for Freedom", and the manic "New York City" (with appropriate backing vocals by Iggy Pop) - putting the ROCK back into Alternative Rock with the help of producer Bob Rock (who would go on to produce Metallica's eponymous and most successful record, as well as the new Cult album).
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly The High-Water Mark For Hard Rock in 1989 July 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The Cult found themselves enveloped in a wave of expectations as they entered the studio in September of 1988. Their previous album "Electric" had been a surprise hit and subsequently earned them praise with the hard rock crowd starved for guitar licks from a Marshall turned up to 11. Interestingly, "Electric" had left fans of 1985's "Love" unsatisfied and wanting more of Billy Duffy's spacey, flanged guitar parts and Ian Astbury's gothic poetry. Therefore, The Cult had not one but two musical demographics to mollify in the autumn of 1988. Enter "Sonic Temple": a truly rich hybrid of gothic new-wave music and muscular hard rock riffing from a Les Paul. What is striking at first is how dynamic the album sounds; It isn't static like "Electric" and not quite as watery as "Love", thus it is it's own monster: A true product of The Cult and not their influences. Nowhere is this more evident than on the album's lead-off song "Sun King", where Astbury proclaims "This is where it all begins", only to be followed by an absolute explosion of sound from the guitars and rhythm section. Astbury's lyrics on "Sonic Temple" are intensely dynamic and range from sounding like a dog in heat to the introspective musings of Warhol scenester Edie Sedgewick. Billy Duffy also shines on "Sonic Temple", ripping out a few leads that would've impressed the shred crowd (particularly on "Sun King" and "Sweet Soul Sister"). His guitar sound is also much more textured than on "Electric" and has alot more width in the mix (undoubtedly because there is reverb on the guitar signal, unlike the super-dry Gretsch). What this all amounts to however is a well-produced hard rock album with alot of character and dynamics. You can forget about being pounded by the same tempo for 12 songs. I think this album should be considered one of the greatest of the 1980's. Period. Take a chance and try it yourself though.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SONIC MASTERPIECE November 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
In the summer of '88, a dozen of us went to see Metallica with special guests The Cult. Although I only knew "Fire Woman", I didn't hate them...but the croud did. Middle fingers, obscenities, and pure venom was thrown at them. And that's a shame, because I bought the album the following week to find out for myself why it was being praised to the skies in magazines, etc.
After one listen, I was hooked. Powerful and memorable riffs, Zeppelinesque tunes like AUTOMATIC BLUES and SWEET SOUL ASYLUM (BLACK DOG and KASHMIR), and great production by Bob Rock makes this the group's masterpiece. There's not one dog on this disc. The album really smokes when after SWEET SOUL ASYLUM, Ian Asburry launches into NEW YORK CITY (a blistering verbal scathing on the Big Apple) "...crashed the big I took a bite but she bit me back..." "Hell's Kitchen is a DMZ/I ain't never coming back." Next is the "Black Dog"-ish AUTOMATIC BLUES, and continues with the incredible SOLDIER BLUE that has a hook so powerful you'd have to be deaf not to tap your foot. Oh sure, this album was eclipsed by the Metallica phenomenon and the God-awful hair bands that now make up most of the discount bins. Yes, even lead singer Asburry was criticized for constant use of "Lil' Honey," "Sugar" and "Lil' Sista" (DO any of these women have names?) But those are pretty sorry criticisms for one of the best hard rock albums of the 80's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The whole album is excellent.
Published 19 days ago by Robert L. Magnison
5.0 out of 5 stars but I love this album
Had to wait a long time to get it....but I love this album!!!! Thanks.
Published 24 days ago by Jodi Robertson
4.0 out of 5 stars Cult Children In The House Of The Dawn
1989. A coworker lays this down on the table and tells me I should listen to it because I will like it. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Spiritual Architect
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cult is always great!!
This is a must have CD!!!
The Cult is always great!!!
Published 1 month ago by Ryan L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic.
This is an amazing CD chock full of great songs,
a classic.
Published 1 month ago by E. H. Welsman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
No issues
Published 2 months ago by Patrick T.
5.0 out of 5 stars had it once
saw them on a small tour at the house of blues and needed to be able to re-acquaint myself with the music, and my memory was satisfied
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cult: Sonic Temple
Great album. New as advertised. Sounds as great today as it did when I bought it in 1989. A true classic.
Published 4 months ago by Mark Price
5.0 out of 5 stars cd
my husband loved the cd. It arrived in perfect conditions. We will continue buying. I recommend it. It is a good purchase to do.
Published 5 months ago by MARIA SCIARRA
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I have this on wax from when it first came out. It was a must have for my collection. It has: Sunking, Fire Woman, and Ciao Edie on it. Three great songs. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Language Lover
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