Born Into This Import
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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.
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.
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".
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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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Solid Album but not among their best. The fact the reviews for this CD tend to be on the negative is more as a result of comparing it to the quality of the Cult's past catalog as... Read morePublished 6 months ago by mulwin
Not the best Cult album but definitely not as bad as some people think!!!! If you are new to the Cult start with the album love and then each release after that!!!!!!Published 8 months ago by nick bacic
Great album from start to finish. Glad the the cult has stuck with it and still producing great rock n roll.Published 11 months ago by MikeD
Excellent CD. GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT. Very informative and interesting. It was a very pleasant surprise. Glad I bought it.Published on February 9, 2014 by TERESSA30
Bought this sometime ago but just getting around to reviewing it. I thought I had done it already.
This release by the Cult just confirms that they are one of the... Read more
I was pleasantly surprised to get Born Into This and listen to how good it was. The Cult have delivered a solid, if not outstanding album here with the single Dirty Little... Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by QueensRob
I think I own every CD The Cult ever made. This is a good album, and I would recommend it. However, this is their newest album, and I do prefer their older stuff more.Published on January 28, 2013 by Denise Hreha
A huge fan here. A lifer if you will.
This was a let down for me. Big time. Yes there are some good songs in the mix. But It's overall a bloated release. Read more
I'm puzzled at all the negative reviews around "Born Into This." I purchased this CD the day it was released, and have from the beginning loved it. Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by Mogulmeister