Choice of Weapon

Album Review of Choice of Weapon by The Cult.

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Choice of Weapon

The Cult

Choice of Weapon by The Cult

Release Date: May 22, 2012
Record label: Cooking Vinyl Records
Genre(s): Alternative Pop/Rock, Hard Rock, British Trad Rock

65 Music Critic Score
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Choice of Weapon - Fairly Good, Based on 2 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10

It's been five years since the Cult released the Youth-produced Born into This. While it was plain that Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy -- with the newly hired rhythm section of bassist Chris Wyse and drummer John Tempesta -- were attempting to reach back to the hard rock attack of Electric and Sonic Temple, the impact of Duffy's guitar sound was blunted by their producer. By contrast, Choice of Weapon, co-produced by Chris Goss and Bob Rock, is urgent, militant, and pissed off.

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PopMatters - 50
Based on rating 5/10

There are three kinds of Cult fans.The first kind followed them through their post-punk/goth beginnings as Southern Death Cult and through their breakthrough album, Love (1985). These fans felt betrayed or lost interest when the Cult turned toward the hard rock mainstream with the Rick Rubin-produced Electric (1987). Most of these folks have probably long since stopped listening to music altogether.

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