Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. On their comeback record, Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy actually make a surprising stab at respectability, once again merging big hooks and big rawk. [8 Jun 2001, p.76]
  2. 80
    The album might almost be a study in stretching the limits of silliness, cliche and old-school rock'n'roll unreconstruction... [Jul 2001, p.114]
  3. Whether they can co-exist with today's nu breed is another question entirely, but 'Beyond Good And Evil' just about overcomes its sameyness and provides enough flashes of what made them special in the first place to justify their continued existence.
  4. For the most part, Beyond Good & Evil roots itself between Metallica, nu-metal and the slightly psychedelic ambience of '85's Love: the band's pre-metal apex. [Aug 2001, p.124]
  5. Beyond Good and Evil shakes with vitality.
  6. 10
    Wow, is Beyond Good And Evil bad. Thudding, empty albums about nothing, held together with some of the worst guitar solos since late-'80s Lou Reed. [#51, p.90]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Justin
    Apr 12, 2006
    Obvious classics first time you here this are Rise, True Believers and Breathe. Don't forget to really listen to Ashes & Ghosts, The Saint & Shape The Sky though.....Best Rock Album in 10 years! Full Review »
  2. augustc
    Jun 10, 2005
    Fantastic CD. IOne of the best rock records of the year. I love "American gothic", "ashes and ghosts", "saint" and "Shape the sky"
  3. MarcoA.
    Aug 27, 2001
    The Cult is more then welcome back. The truth is they probably deliver us the best rock album in almost a decade. What an awesome comeback, they really have done a great job, weldone guys! The sound is heavier then ever with the power of Electric, the spiritualism and goth of Love and the polish of Sonic Temple. The more you listen to it the more you love it. Fans, don´t worry about the state of today´s rock, here is the stuff you must stick to. Now´s the time for the music listeners (and reviewers) to give the most respectful credit and attention to The Cult, they deserve it!!! Full Review »