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CD THE CULT ELECTRIC PEACE REVIEW

THE CULT

ELECTRIC PEACE

2013

 

 

ELECTRIC PRE-VISTITED, REVISITED

 

 

Back in the day The Cult were in a position where their next move was all important. Starting out life as first the Southern Death Cult, then Death Cult and Finally The Cult they had moved from Goth rockers to shed the harder edges and create the album ‘Love’ on the back of their masterwork ‘She sells Sanctuary’. Love took them in a mellower direction, still against the grain but with enough traditional rock stylings to make the shedding of the Goth tag relatively easy.  At the time no one expected to take that one step further though and become a Hard Rock band.

 

 

The creation of their next full length ‘Electric’ though wasn’t without its birthing difficulties – originally conceived as ‘Peace’ which even echoed ‘Love’ in its titling it was soon apparent that another reinvention was on the cards, and like any band on the cusp of something bigger and again with Steve Brown at the helm the band recorded ‘Peace’. They weren’t entirely happy with the sound, replaced Brown with flavour of the day – Rick Rubin and ‘Electric’ was born, or rather re-born. Rubin’s reworking of lead track ‘Love Removal Machine’ led to the rerecording of the entire project and the rest is history. It was 1985 and ‘Electric’ ended up proving to be a rather well-received next step.

 

 

At the time some of the tracks from ‘Peace’ ended up as B-sides, but it wasn’t until the limited ‘Rare Cult’ box set in 2000 that we got to hear the full album as intended. 13 years on both ‘Electric’ and ‘Peace’ make up this release. The Cult will be touring performing the entire ‘Electric’ album at shows in the US, UK, Europe and here in Australia.

 

 

The core 7 tracks are shared by both albums with the most notable addition to ‘Electric’ being the single ‘Lil’ Devil’. Electric was to be The Cult’s biggest album and while they went on to record the sonically similar ‘Sonic Temple’ they never managed to recapture the heights electric would take them to. 

 

 

A great document by a great band and if you don’t have the Box Set a release well worth adding to your collection.

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD THE CULT ELECTRIC PEACE REVIEW 2013