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Born Into This Import

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Legendary Alternative Rock band The Cult return with all guns blazing on their eighth studio album 'Born Into This', their first in six years. Reminiscent of earlier works 'Love' and 'Electric', the album sees the band returning to their rock roots while embracing several modern sonic elements in many of the songs. With 'Born Into This', The Cult have created an album that not only speaks to their rabid fanbase, but seeks to put them squarely back on the map as one of the greatest straight-up rock & roll bands in the World. Quintessential Cult songs like 'Dirty Little Rockstar' and 'I Assasin' and their enormous hooks will allow them to do just that. Produced by Youth (Killing Joke, The Verve) and mixed by Clive Goddard (Primal Scream, Madonna), the album is instantly recognizable Cult from Billy Duffy's first guitar chord to the first notes that escapes Ian Astbury's lips. A classic album from The Cult that features everything the band is known-for: groove-laden guitar riffs, searing leads, giant choruses, soaring vocals and a whole load of attitude. Over twenty years into their career and over 10 million albums sold, 'Born Into This', shows one of rock's first true Alternative bands delivering a seminal album at the top of their game.

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The Cult promised a re-imagining of heavy metal in 1985 when they fringed raging guitar riffs with psychedelic tassels and shoegazer moodiness on Love. But by the time of their next album, Electric, they had shed their paisleys in favor of biker leather, and swapped surging, impassioned anthems in favor of plodding metal riffs. On their latest album, Born Into This, the Cult slathers on the rock-rebellion attitude like a teenager slathering on Brut. Ian Astbury remains one of the great power singers, but now that he's in his mid-forties, I'm not sure I'm buying him singing about "Dirty Little Rockstars." It's one of the many fist-waving tirades on Born Into This that also includes an anti-war screed, "Tiger in the Sun." They take a stab at a rock ballad with the Elvis Presley-meets-Johnny Cash brooding of "Holy Mountain," but it comes off as a genre exercise. Despite having Youth at the production desk, and deploying some ferocious guitar by Billy Duffy across big, piston shredding beats, the Cult ultimately sound like a good metal band, when they initially prophesied so much more. --John Diliberto
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  • Audio CD (October 2, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B000SFZ05C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,581 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A. Boller on October 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a 2 CD set and while first CD is the same as the "Born into This" standard edition the second disc contains an extended version of the "Savages" song which is a great tune. Two demo versions of songs on the first disc which are interesting to listen to since they have a totally different sound. There are also two new songs not on the first disc. One of them being possibly the best song on the whole set (War Pony Destroyer).

I have noticed some people have panned this CD but I totally disagree. This is a very solid set of songs with high production standards but with a raw feel to them. It is very much a Cult CD with the Indian and mystical connotations, roaring guitars, and Ian Astbury's one-of-a-kind vocals. My faves on the set are the rockers: "Savages", "Sound of Destruction", "War Pony Destroyer", and "Dirty Little Rockstar". There is also a very good slow song "Holy Mountain" that really showcases Ian's vocals.
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Review no. 81. Looks to be the band's eighth actual lp. Pleasantly surprised at how good this CD by The Cult turned out to be. Tunes here that I couldn't get enough of were the (definite) happening of the opener title track "Born Into This", the awesome "Citizens", as I noticed that the rocking "Dirty Little Rockstar", "Holy Mountain" and "Illuminated" most assuredly possesses that -classic- Cult vibe and feel to it - 100%. Produced by Youth - aka Martin Glover (Verve, Killing Joke). Every bit as good as the landmark records by The Cult that was unleashed to us many moons ago 'Love Electric' and the amazing 'Sonic Temple' masterpiece.
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Another great album from The Cult. Only one song that I do not care for and that is Holy Mountain. If you could switch that song and War Pony Destroyer from the extra disc it would be a flawless album to me.
It is along the same lines as Electric to me, kind of a raw rocker, but this one has more of that proggy/alternative sound that to me is classic from this band. I like those type of albums the best from The Cult. So if thats what you like from them, this album will not let you down.
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By EvilBob on December 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Like many of the other reviewers, I am a huge Cult fan. For years, I wished for a new Cult album until 2001, when "Beyond Good and Evil" was released. I bought the album, but feared the worst - these "comeback" album usually suck and break the hearts of hardcore fans. I was amazed at how good that album was! There was no question - The Cult still had the juice.

It's amazing how much can change in six years. "Born Into This" is the stereotypical lame flop I've been fearing. Asbury sounds shaky and weak... he just sounds "old". Duffy needs to find where "11" is on his amp again. And the production just leaves the whole album flat; it sounds like a high school AV club project. I had to force myself to listen all the way through the disc, hoping that it would improve. I then forced myself to listen to it again, hoping that it would grow on me.

Neither worked, and this disc is ending up on the heap of examples of why music "sharing" is so popular. We are sick of paying good money for turds like this. I think my "Cult fan" status has now officially become "classic Cult fan".
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DISCLAIMER: I am a huge Cult fan, so you can take this review with a grain of salt.

Virtually everytime the Cult has come out with a new album, even as a fan, the first 3 or 4 times I listen, my head is full of question marks as to whether I like the album or not... "Born Into This" is no exception. The first time thru, I felt my skin crawling during the opening line of "Holy Mountain" where Ian starts off sounding like a washed up Elvis. Yet once I got past that, I found myself sort of getting into it. Nonsensical lyrics are nothing new with the Cult - its part of what makes them so endearing.

On to the album;

Two albums in a row now, the Cult has left off a demo from the album and either a) put it on the import version (like 'Libertine' from BG&E - available on the Australian import) and b) "Stand Alone" - from Born Into This. In both cases (just my opinion) these two songs are not only the most Cult like but the best songs from each period.

Interestingly, the special edition of this album is selling much better than the standard version. That said, the majority are getting - my opinion - the best song on the album.

I find myself asking about the production as it sounds like it was recorded in a garage, perhaps that was on purpose after the bands own admission that BG&E was way over produced. The raw sound brings us back to Love and Dreamtime.

1. Born into this - Good riff - Missing the classic main verse that makes a Cult Song a Cult Song - 2 Stars

2. Citizens - Don't like it, missing too much of the main verse and Ian sounds tired - 1 star

3. Diamonds - Just average - like the beginning, but I find myself thinking about other things before the songs over - 1 Star

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Congratulations Billy and Ian - you have just released your worst album.

No, let me start over.
I am a huge fan of The Cult. I own everything they have released and not one of their studio albums is a dud...until now. This is a forgettable, harshly and roughly produced album of underwritten and sadly forgettable songs. There's not a memorable hook, lyric, or riff here and Ian's voice has developed an undefinable "something" which grates right alongside the grating bad production.

Like many others I have been waiting years for this thing, positive that it would be another classic Cult record, but as so many aging bands reach "that" age, they start to lose the plot, or just give up on trying very hard. There's no spark, no fire, no drive on display here. Don't even get me started on that cover-art or the song "Dirty Little Rock Star" which both scream Middle Age Out-of-Touch.

I will continue to look forward to Cult releases and try to block this one out of my head, it pretty much sucks.
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